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UNION STORE

UNION STORE

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A happy Thanksgiving to my readers of this column. Be sure and take advantage of all of the wonderful holiday programs being offered in our various towns to celebrate the Christmas season in the next few weeks.

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THE ALBION LEADER

THE ALBION LEADER

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Albion has had several newspapers during its existence. This week we’re featuring the The Albion Leader. This newspaper was founded in 1898 by William J. Gleason (formerly with the Albion Recorder), and was located at 105 W. Porter St. This weekly Saturday morning paper was in competition at the time with the Albion Mirror, the Albion Recorder, and the Albion Transcript. A yearly subscription cost one dollar.

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ALBION WORLD WAR II MILITARY MEN MEET UP DURING THE WAR

ALBION WORLD WAR II MILITARY MEN MEET UP DURING THE WAR

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As we observe Veteran’s Day later this week, we are reminded of our World War II veterans who are nearly all gone now. My father, Frank Passic, Sr. (1919-1974) served as a Sergeant in the 524th Military Police Battalion, Company B during the War. The 524th was initially stationed in San Francisco and the West Coast in the early years of the War.

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ALBION: 100 YEARS AGO—NOVEMBER 1922

ALBION: 100 YEARS AGO—NOVEMBER 1922

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We continue with our theme of “Albion, 100 Years Ago.” November 2, 1922. “Born today to Mr. and Mrs. John Shimkus, Sheridan Township, a son.” “The front of the building owned by Harvey Sweet on S. Superior St. occupied on the ground floor by the Sugar Bowl confectionery, is being repainted.”

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THREE-QUARTERS CENTURY CLUB

THREE-QUARTERS CENTURY CLUB

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An association of senior citizens was active in the early 20th century called the Three-Quarters-Century Club. That meant you had to be at least 75 years old to be a member of this club. The Club served as a senior citizens activity and fellowship group.

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DEATH VALLEY DAYS

DEATH VALLEY DAYS

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A pioneer Albion woman was the subject of a CBS "Death Valley Days" radio broadcast on December 10, 1942. Lura (Warner) Church (1897-1883) and her husband Chandler Church (1804-1857) came to Albion from New York in 1834, settling a 160-acre farm west of Albion on B Drive North in Sheridan Township in Section 33.

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ALBION 100 YEARS AGO—OCTOBER 1922, Part 1

ALBION 100 YEARS AGO—OCTOBER 1922, Part 1

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We continue with our theme of “Albion, 100 Years Ago.” October 2, 1922: “Miss Audrey Wilder, assistant to Dr. Philip H. Hembt, head of the department of English in Albion College, who has just taken a place on the Albion faculty, succeeding Miss Mary B. Baldwin, comes to her new work with a wide experience both in Albion College and the teaching profession

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LEWIS W. PRYOR JUNKYARD

LEWIS W. PRYOR JUNKYARD

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Coming up this weekend September 23, 24, 25 is a special event in which a few hundred historians will converge on Albion for the 148th annual Michigan History Conference of the Historical Society of Michigan.

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LABOR DAY

LABOR DAY

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As we observe Labor Day, we are reminded of the prominence that labor unions once had here in Albion, the industrial town. The Molder Statue Park (formerly the Cannon Park a century ago) gives tribute to Albion’s industrial workers.

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ALBION 100 YEARS AGO, SEPTEMBER 1922

ALBION 100 YEARS AGO, SEPTEMBER 1922

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We continue with our theme of “Albion, 100 Years Ago.” September 1, 1922. “Two Houses are Raided for Liquor. A liquor raid, staged about 3:30 Thursday afternoon…resulted in the arrest of two Mallory St. residents, a man and a woman, and the confiscation of considerable liquor and liquor-making paraphernalia.

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