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    Albion Historical Notebook

    Please support our Albion Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 31. Remember, the time has been moved back to now start at 9 a.m. instead of 10 am. In the time leading up to the Civil War, political alliances were strong, and newspapers were often the"right arm" of propaganda for political parties.

    Please support our Albion Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 31. Remember, the time has been moved back to now start at 9 a.m. instead of 10 am. In the time leading up to the Civil War, political alliances were strong, and newspapers were often the"right arm" of propaganda for political parties.

    THOMAS EDWARD COFFIN, CIVIL WAR VETERAN

    There's an old cemetery joke that goes something like this: "How many coffins are buried in this cemetery?" The answer of course, is "All of them." Not in Riverside Cemetery in Albion, however. The answer here in Albion is "two." (2). That's right, just two.

    Theodore Roosevelt Visited Albion in 1907 Albion Michigan

    The recent derailment of that railroad engine on N. Superior St. on Thursday, April 22 reminded us that this track was once the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad, which ran from Jonesville to Lansing. Albion’s Lake Shore passenger depot was located on N. Superior St. on the site of today’s cell phone office

    The Orange Eagle Albion Michigan

    The recent announcement by the Marshall Public Schools that it plans to replace the Harrington Elementary School in Albion with a new building at another location reminded us of the original bond financing of Harrington back in 1956, and the artistically beautiful school building bonds that were issued to finance the project.

    Former Bank Building Was Jesse Crowell Mill Albion Michigan

    Recently Albion College announced that the building they now own at 207 S. Superior St will become the home of the Albion College Community Collaborative. Renovation will begin soon, and the building will be open to the public this fall. Please see recent news announcements for details about this collaborative.

    Boy Scouts Bus, 1962 Albion MIchigan

    Before vans became popular to transport groups of people around, old school busses were often purchased from school districts by churches and scout groups to accomplish that mission. Often these old school busses had reached their mileage limits, and were showing hefty indications of Michigan rust, as well as having mechanical problems.

    Verner Jerome Tefft Albion Michigan

    Regarding our March 28 article about the Old Rugged Cross historical marker monument in Albion being destroyed, Michigan State Representative Jim Haadsma has provided the leadership for a project to raise money to restore this monument. The Michigan Historical Commission has indicated the cost of replacing the monument to be $2,700.

    WASHINGTON GARDNER  HIGH SCHOOL Part 6 Albion Michigan

    We conclude our series of the history of Washington Gardner High School in Albion. After a series of legal challenges in the early 1960s, a new Albion High School was erected on Watson Street. The new Albion High School (named after nobody) opened for classes on January 9, 1967. The class of 1967 was the first to graduate at the new high school.

    Old Rugged Cross Historical Marker Destroyed Albion Michigan

    As we approach the Easter season, we are reminded that the “famous” hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross,” was written here in Albion in December, 1912 by Rev. George Bennard. Bennard lived in an apartment of the home of Albion College Professor Delos Fall at 1101 E. Michigan Ave. and penned the first verse and chorus in the kitchen area with his guitar.

    WASHINGTON GARDNER  HIGH SCHOOL Part 5 Albion Michigan

    We continue with our series about the history of the Washington Gardner High School building. During the construction of the new east wing of Central School, plans were significantly changed when on December 30, 1926, a fire was discovered in the main 1906-built Central School portion.

    WASHINGTON GARDNER HIGH SCHOOL Part 4 Albion Michigan

    We continue with our series about the history of Washington Gardner High School in Albion. Several years after the erection of the High School addition to Central School in 1922-23, the Albion school board proposed to erected a new grade school building attached to the east end of Central School complex.

    100 Years Ago March 1921 Albion Michigan

    A note to my readers: Until I can get access to the old newspaper microfilm again, this will be the last 100 years ago feature for a while. I was fortunate to have been “a year ahead” copying microfilm stories when the library closings happened a year ago.

    ALBION MILK DEALERS BOTTLE Albion Michigan

    Occasionally in this column I’ll feature an Albion milk bottle. One by-gone era in Albion history is that of the numerous dairies in town that used to produce and/or bottle milk, and deliver it to the steps of area homes. This practice was quite common through the 1950s.

    TANNER’S SERVICE STATION Albion Michigan

    North of Albion on the northeast corner of 28 Mile Rd. and J Drive North is a long narrow building that served as a country convenience store and gas station for many years. Tanner’s Standard Service Station opened here in 1958 at 17000 28 Mile Road, and was owned and operated by Elson Tanner (1916-1968).

    ALBION 100 YEARS AGO FEBRUARY 1921 Albion Michigan

    We continue with our theme of “Albion, 100 Years Ago.” February 1, 1921. “Memorial services for J. E. White and Edward Guilmore of this city, were held by Victoria Lodge No. 18, F. and A. M. at their hall yesterday. An impressive solo was sung by Mrs. D. F. Wright, then the lives of these men were spoken of by Rev. A. G. Robinson, Rev. W. M. Goldsmith, Rev. F. G. Hurd, and Rev. S. Union and W. L. Beck.”

    ALBION HIGH SCHOOL ADDITION ERECTED IN 1922-23 Part 3 Albion Michigan

    Continuing We continue with our topic about the history of the Washington Gardner High School building in Albion, a formidable structure now owned by Albion College. It was the culmination of several building projects accomplished through the years. This week we’ll feature the west side of the building, erected in 1922-23 as the High School addition.

    WASHINGTON GARDNER HIGH SCHOOL Part 2 Albion Michigan

    with our topic of the history of the Washington Gardner High School building in Albion, the original 1872-built Central School building was demolished in June, 1906, following the graduation of the Class of 1906. A replacement structure was thereby erected closer to Michigan Avenue at a cost of $30,000.

    WASHINGTON GARDNER  HIGH SCHOOL Part 1 Albion Michigan

    The Washington Gardner High School building at 401 E. Michigan Avenue is in the process of being upgraded and transformed by its owner since 2011, Albion College. This is a building that was cobbled together in various stages over many years.

    Albion News Agency Albion Michigan

    Albion has had a variety of newspapers that could be delivered to your doorstep through the years. In the early 20th century, some of those newspapers were delivered via the Albion News Agency. The Agency was owned and operated by Alfred J. Marble (1886-1962) at 300 ½ S. Superior St., and was one of Albion’s “basement” businesses.

    ALBION 100 YEARS AGO JANUARY 1921 Albion Michigan

    We continue with our theme of “Albion, 100 Years Ago.” January 3, 1921: “The Roberts pharmacy on N. Superior St. [119] was closed this morning by Deputy Sheriff George U. McCarty, following the serving of two executions secured by two wholesale drug companies. Just what disposition will be made of the business has not been announced.”

    GEORGE JUCKETT, SODA POP MAKER Ablion Michigan

    A Happy New Year to my readers of this column. Carbonated flavored drinks were becoming popular in America at the end of the 19th century, including here in Albion. In the late 1890s, entrepreneurs George W. Juckett (1855-1917) and Orris V. Eastman (1867-1921) teamed up to form the firm of Juckett & Eastman.

    South Eaton Street Market  Albion Michigan

    A very Merry Christmas to my readers of this column. Albion used to have a slew of neighborhood grocery stores scattered all over town. This was before the "Supermarkets" came to Albion in 1954 which spelled the death knell over the next several years for the small groceries.

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