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1880-1910: Wave of Eastern European immigration to Albion, population doubles to 5,833. O2
1900.01.21: Plat registered, 12 lots, "Sackett Addition to the City of Albion."
1900.05.05: Plat registered, 59 lots, "Kensington Heights."
1900: Masonic Temple built at 200 West Center.
1900: Schools, The first high school yearbook, the Albionesis, published. P21
1900: Schools, Class Gift: A bust of Webster. P25
1900: Schools, AHS baseball team undefeated. Manager, Van Ostrand. Captain, Ralph Barry. P105
1900.04.06: Schools, Albion place fourth of nine school represented at first oratorical competition. P95
1900: Downtown, 100-102 S. Superior Street, Perkins Block (1900). Commercial building.
1900: Downtown, 101-109 N. Superior Street, Parker-Kessler Block (1900). Commercial block.
1900: Downtown, North Superior Street Bridge (1900).
1900: Downtown, 129-135 East Cass Street, and adjacent lumber sheds (c.1900).
1900: Downtown, 200 West Center Street, Masonic Temple (c.1900). Commercial Building.
City Council
Charles W. Dalrymple (1), Mayor
Frank W. Culver (1), City Clerk
John O. Banks (2), Lafayette Silliman (4), William H. Culkins (2), William E. Slowey (1), Fred W. Gress (1), Merrit O. Shepard (1), Henry R. Riker (2), Russ A. Wiederwax (1)
Solomon M. Raftery (2), City Treasurer
Fred W. Schumacher (1), City Marshal

School Board: 1900-01, Charles Wylie Dalrymple, president, Samuel M. Reed, secretary, John G. Brown, treasurer, George W. Schneider, William T. Jacques, Edward R. Loud

 
1901: Schools, Commencement speaker Washington Gardner speaks on "Our Public School System." P21
1901: Schools, Class Gift: A revolving book case. P25
1901.02.14: College, Former president L.R. Fiske dies. Funeral February 19 at the Fiske home in Albion. F362
1901.04.24: College, Dr. Ashley's connection to Albion College severed at the special session of the Board of Trustees. Samuel Dickie named president pro tem. F360
1901.04.24: College, Trustees accept $10,000 from Mrs. Charlotte T. Gassette of Albion for construction of a library. Detroit architect W.D. Butterfield, constructed by William Loder of Albion. F363
1901: College, Class gift - five chairs and golden oak desks for recitation rooms. F370
1901: College, Lottie L. Gassette Library constructed. F417
1901.02.16: College, Education Day, recognizing Albion College in Methodist congregations throughout the state. F381
1901.07.03: College, Gov. Aaron T. Bliss gives $21,000 to the college. F382

City Council
James Shanley (1), Mayor
Frank W. Culver (2), City Clerk
William W. Austin (1), Henry R. Riker (3), John O. Banks (3), Merrit O. Shepard (2), Fred W. Gress (2), William E. Slowey (2), Seth Hyney (1), Russ A. Wiederwax (2)
Henry D. Smith (1), City Treasurer
N. Dean Harroun (1), City Marshal

School Board: 1901-02, Charles Wylie Dalrymple, president, Samuel M. Reed, secretary, John G. Brown, treasurer, George W. Schneider, William T. Jacques, Edward R. Loud

 
1902: Union Steel Screen Company organized in Battle Creek. P44
1902: Schools, Albion High School received accreditation from the North Central Association. P21
1902: Schools, Manual Arts added to the high school curriculum. P21
1902.Spring: College, New covered stand added to the athletic fields. F397
1902.06: College, Dedication of the Lottie L. Gassette Library. F417
1902: Floyd Starr asked by Women Christian Temperance Union to speak at national convention in Los Angeles, CA. F10
1902.06: Floyd Starr graduates from Marshall High School, class president, oratory team. F7
1902: Starr hired by WCTU to travel country creating Loyal Temperance Union's. F11

City Council
James Shanley (2), Mayor
Frank W. Culver (3), City Clerk
John O. Banks (4), Arthur R. Miller (1), Andrew Emmons (1), Seth Hyney (2), Fred W. Gress (3), Edward A. McVay (1), George C. Hafford (1), Henry R. Riker (4)
Daniel M. McAuliffe (1), City Treasurer
N. Dean Harroun (2), City Marshal

School Board: 1902-03, George W. Schneider, president, William T. Jacques, secretary, John G. Brown, treasurer, Edward R. Loud, Gustav S. Kimball, Charles Wylie Dalrymple

 
1903: The electric interurban first came to Albion. P54
1903: Large interurban trestle constructed crossing the Michigan Central and Lake Shore railroad, and the Kalamazoo River. P55
1903: Schools, Class Gift: Large pictures of former superintendent Hull and Thompson. P25
1903.01.01: College, President Dickie announced successful canceling of the debt at New Years Day church service. F385
1903.01.16: College, "Jubilee Day" celebrates elimination of college debt.
1903.03.17: College, Students urged at convocation meeting to recruit new student to college. F37
1903.09.15: Starr enrolls at Kalamazoo College as an undergraduate. F14

Note: Several vacancies were filled on council in 1903.

City Council
Frank E. Palmer (1), Mayor
Adrian F. Cooper (1), City Clerk
Fred W. Gress (4), D.M. Hough (1), Dan W. Connors (resigned) (1), Andrew Emmons (2), Chas. E. Barr (fill vacancy) (1), William C. Marsh (1), Romondo Davis (fill vacancy) (1), Geo. C. Hafford (2), Arthur R. Miller (2), Hamilton White (1), R.E. Schumacher (fill vacancy) (1)
Daniel M. McAuliffe (2), City Treasurer
Erva J. Mallory (1), City Marshal

School Board: 1903-04, George W. Schneider, president, Edward R. Loud, secretary, John G. Brown, treasurer, Gustav S. Kimball, Samuel M. Reed, Charles Wylie Dalrymple

 
1904: Union Steel Screen Company moved to Jackson. P44
1904: Schools, Class Gift: Two large lawn vases. P25
1904.06.14: College, Clarence W. Greene appointed Professor of Physics. F419
1904: Starr leaves college, goes to work with Bernarr McFadden. F14
1904: Downtown, 113-115 N. Superior Street, Parker-Kessler Block (c.1904). Commercial building.

City Council
C.Owen Brownell (1), Mayor
Adrian F. Cooper (2), City Clerk
Henry F. Gilbert (1), D.M. Hough (2), Romondo Davis (2), Charles E. Barr (1), William C. Marsh (2), Hamilton White (2), Andrew Emmons (3), Ralph Lewis (1)
Afton A. Dibble (1), City Treasurer
Erva J. Mallory (2), City Marshal

School Board: 1904-05, George W. Schneider, president, Edward R. Loud, secretary, John G. Brown, treasurer, Gustav S. Kimball, Samuel M. Reed, Charles Wylie Dalrymple


1905: Union Steel Screen Company moved to Albion, where it made bakery equipment and wire products, and became known world wide. P44
1905: Schools, Class Gift: Seven chairs for the high school rostrum. P25
1905: Schools, "Common course" diplomas awarded versus diplomas by subject. P21
1905: Schools, AHS baseball win state championship. P107
1905: College, Albion College vs. U of M series ended after 70-0 defeat. F323
City Council
C.Owen Brownell (2), Mayor
L.W. Cole (1), City Clerk
Romondo Davis (3), H.F. Gilbert (2), Palmer Dearing (1), C.E. Barr (1), C. Roy Hartung (1), Andrew Emmons (4), Henry S. Smith (1), Ralph Lewis (1)
Afton A. Dibble (2), City Treasurer
Erva J. Mallory (3), City Marshal

School Board: 1905-06, George W. Schneider, president, Edward R. Loud, secretary, John G. Brown, treasurer, Homer C. Blair, George Bullen, Charles Wylie Dalrymple

Note: Charles W. Dalrymple resigns after 39 consecutive years on school board due to poor health.


1906.01.15: Schools, First issue of high school newspaper, The Breeze, published. P75
1906.06: Schools, Original 1872 Central School demolished, wings retained, new high school built. P21
1906: College, Renovation of the Central Building with new wing to east. By funds from Trustee George O. Robinson. Dedicated October 31. F419

1906.05.05: Kensington Heights, 59 lots
Register, May 5, 1906
Signed: J. Rosten Curtis
City Council
D.M. McAuliffe (1), Mayor
H.E. Robertson (1), City Clerk
C.H. Burnett (1), Romondo Davis (4), George Griffin (1), C. Roy Hartung (2), A. Emmons (5), H.S. Smith (2), O.J. Weston (1), Ralph Lewis (1)
E.C. Carrington (1), City Treasurer
Fred W. Clark (1), City Marshal

School Board: 1906-07, George W. Schneider, president, Homer C. Blair, secretary, John G. Brown, treasurer, George Bullen, Henry Woccholz, Walter M. Watson


1907.03.13: Plat registered, 33 lots, "Highland Park Addition to the City of Albion."
1907.05.17: Plat registered, 59 lots, "Sheridan Park Addition to Albion."
1907: Schools, Class Gift: Two pedestals and a piano bench. P25
1907-1908: Schools, First high school orchestra organized, directed by Clarence Bemer. P95
1907.09: Schools, New high school completed. P21
1907.12.16: College, Trustees accept faculty suggestion to change schedule to semester plan. F393
1907.09: Starr enrolls at Albion College as an undergraduate. F16
1907.03.13 (1907.02.15): Highland Park Addition to the City of Albion, 33 lots
Signed: Isaac N. Carson; Mary B. Carson

1907.05.17: Sheridan Park Addition to Albion, 59 lots
Signed: Ezra G. Robertson, Frank W. Culver
Witness: Albert D. Sibley; Minnie B. Sibley, George L. Bidwell, attorney in fast

Near Albion Malleable, after arrived in 1890. Did not locate to this area until 1910 though. Platting of neighborhoods for workers housing shows that seriously considering move in 1907.

City Council
D.M. McAuliffe (2), Mayor
W.R. Noyes (1), City Clerk
Walter M. Watson (1), C.H. Burnett (2), P.M. Dearing (1), George Griffin (2), August Baader (1), Andrew Emmons (6), F.C. Stankrauff (1), O.J. Weston (2)
E.C. Carrington (2), City Treasurer
Fred W. Clark (2), City Marshal

School Board: 1907-08, George T. Bullen, president, Homer C. Blair, secretary, David A. Garfield, treasurer, George P. Griffin, Henry Woccholz, Walter M. Watson


1908.03.08: Schools, Great Flood destroys several bridges and buildings suspended over the Kalamazoo River.
1908: Schools, Class Gift: A bronze tablet containing Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. P25
1908: Schools, Commencement speaker Hon. Lawton T. Hermans of Mason spoke on "Getting Rich." P21
1908: Downtown, 111 N. Superior Street, Parker-Kessler Block (c.1908). Commercial building.
City Council
D.M. McAuliffe (3), Mayor
W.R. Noyes (2), City Clerk
W.J. Morse (1), Walter M. Watson (2), William Bemer (1), P.M. Dearing (2), W.J.G. Dean (1), August Baader (2), Hamilton White (1), F.C. Stankrauff (2)
E.C. Deyoe (1), City Treasurer
Fred W. Clark (3), City Marshal

School Board: 1908-09, George T. Bullen, president, Homer C. Blair, secretary, David A. Garfield, treasurer, George P. Griffin, Henry Woccholz, Walter M. Watson


1909.11.30: College, Faculty passes resolution to eliminate the Preparatory Department. F389

City Council
A.F. Cooper (1), Mayor
W.R. Noyes (3), City Clerk
George McCarty (1), Leonard Black (1), H.D. Keck (1), George Dean (2), Otto Conrad (1), F.C. Stankrauff (3), William Bemer (2), Hamilton White (2)
E.C. Deyoe (2), City Treasurer
O.H. Cooper (1), City Marshal

School Board: 1909-10, George T. Bullen, president, Homer C. Blair, secretary, David A. Garfield, treasurer, George P. Griffin, Henry Woccholz, Walter M. Watson



1910.06.15: Plat registered, 30 lots, "Brockway Addition."
1910: I.O.O.F. Hall constructed at 128-201 N. Superior St.
1910: Erie St. paved with bricks.
1910: Schools, Home Economics added to the high school curriculum. P21
1910.06: Starr graduates from Albion College. F20
1910.12.24: Starr marries Harriet Armstrong, his Albion College sweetheart. F21
1910: Downtown, 129-201 N. Superior Street, I.O.O.F. Hall (1910). Commercial Italianate.
1910: Downtown, 200-210 North Clinton Street, Wiener Block (1910). Commercial/industrial building.
1910: Downtown, 203-207 N. Superior Street (c.1910). Commercial building.
1910: Downtown, 308 S. Superior Street, Banking Block (c.1910). Commercial Italianate.
1910: Downtown, 121 East Erie Street (c.1910). Abandoned Power Station.
1910: Downtown, Erie Street Brick Paving (c.1910).

1910.06.15 (1910.04.18): Brockway Addition, 30 lots
Signed: Martha Brockway Gale
Witness: Jennie Columbus, Samuel Dickie
City Council
A.F. Cooper (2), Mayor
W.R. Noyes (4), City Clerk
George McCarty (1), H.D. Keck (2), Charles Baker (1), Otto Conrad (2), Homer Pennell (1), Leonard Black (2), Fred Zick (1), F.C. Stankrauff (4)
William J. Morse (1), City Treasurer
O.H. Cooper (2), City Marshal

School Board: 1910-11, George T. Bullen, president, Homer C. Blair, secretary, David A. Garfield, treasurer, George P. Griffin, Henry Woccholz, Walter M. Watson


1911.11.21: Plat registered, 12 lots, "Washington Gardnerís #2 Addition to the City of Albion."
1911.11.24: Plat registered, 35 lots, "River View Park."
1911: Schools, North Ward school demolished, Charles F. Austin School built in place. P25
1911: Schools, Tug of war.
1911: Starr and Armstrong work together at Bernarr MacFadden's "Healthitorium" in Chicago. F22

1911.11.21 (1911.11.18): Washington Gardnerís #2 Addition to the City of Albion, 12 lots
Signed; Washington Gardner; Anna L. Gardner
Witness: M.B. Weeks, Ezra C. Robertson

Washington Gardnerís Second Addition over same site as Sackett Addition of 1895

1911.11.24 (1911.11.16): River View Park, 35 lots
Signed: Genevieve L. Gunnison
Witness: Arza L. McCutcheon; G.B. Gunnison

City Council
W.W. Austin (1), Mayor
W.R. Noyes (5), City Clerk
H.D. Keck (3), Charles Baker (2), Otto Conrad (3), George McCarty (1), R.J. Frost (1), Jr. (1), H.D. Pennell (2), F.C. Stankrauff (5), Fred Zick (2)
William J. Morse (2), City Treasurer
Ernest L. Winchell (1), City Marshal

School Board: 1911-12, Homer C. Blair, president, David A. Garfield, secretary, Walter M. Watson, treasurer, George P. Griffin, Henry R. Woccholz, George C. Hafford


1912.01: Schools, Classes open in Charles F. Austin School. P25
1912.Spring: Schools, Little Red Schoolhouse demolished. P4
1912.Summer: Starr applies and selected as assistant director at the Beulah Land Farm for Boys in Boyne City, Michigan. F22
1912: Starr, Director of Beulah home, Hermon Swift, charged with child molestation, Starr becomes director. F26
1912.Fall: Starr responsible for closing Beulah home, finding homes for boys. F27

City Council
George U. McCarty (1), Mayor
W.R. Noyes (6), City Clerk
F.L. Smith (1), Otto Conrad (4), Charles Baker (3), H.D. Keck (4), Leonard Black (1), F.C. Stankrauff (6), Albert Thurow (1), R.J. Frost (2), Jr. (1)
Charles E. Ashdown (1), City Treasurer
Ernest L. Winchell (2), City Marshal

School Board: 1912-13, Homer C. Blair, president, David A. Garfield, secretary, Bertrand J. Howlett, treasurer, Henry R. Woccholz, George C. Hafford, Walter S. Kennedy


1913: College, Dissolution of the Preparatory Department. Albion emerges as a full fledged college.
1913: Description of Starr Commonwealth campus
1913.03.01: Starr, Acquisition of deed for Albion Starr Commonwealth campus. F38
1913.05.05: Margaret Louise Starr born, daughter to Harriet and Floyd Starr. F32
1913.10: Starr, Harold Bellair, first boy to enter Starr Commonwealth. F30
1913.10.03: Starr, Founder's Day: Gladsome Cottage completed, work of Starr Commonwealth begun. F34
1913.11.01: Starr completes and signs the Creed for Starr Commonwealth. F28
1913.11.01: Starr Commonwealth incorporated, gains full legal status. F38
1913.12: Starr, Description of first Christmas at the Commonwealth.

City Council
C.H. Burnett (1), Mayor
W.R. Noyes (7), City Clerk
George Shideman (1), F.L. Smith (2), C.E. Barr (1), Charles Baker (4), W.C. Durkee (1), Leonard Black (2), F.C. Stankrauff (7), Albert Thurow (1)
Charles E. Ashdown (2), City Treasurer
Ernest L. Winchell (3), City Marshal

School Board: 1913-14, Homer C. Blair, president, David A. Garfield, secretary, Bertrand J. Howlett, treasurer, Henry R. Woccholz, George C. Hafford, Walter S. Kennedy


1914.02.18: Plat registered, 94 lots, "Schumacher Addition to the City of Albion."
1914.06.11: Plat registered, 31 lots, "Wakelin Addition."
1914.10.03: Plat registered, 26 lots, "Pleasant View Addition."
1914.12.30: Plat registered, 14 lots, "Allen Place Subdivision."
1914.Spring: College, Students petition for Pleiad subscription fees to be collected with tuition. F402
1914: College, Class Gift - Fence and entrance to Alumni Field.
1914.01.14: Starr first hears Helen Keller speak in her visit to Albion. F125
1914.02.18 (1914.01.07): Schumacher Addition to the City of Albion, 94 lots
Signed: Carl Schumacher, Odile Schumacher

Large addition adjacent to Albion Malleable, moved in 1910. Likely workers housing. Nothing appealing about area. In 2000, recognized as source of crime in city.

1914.05.13 (1914.06.11): Wakelin Addition, 31 lots
Signed: Henry Wakelin, Mary Wakelin
Witness: M.S. Weeks, A.F. Hooper

1914.10.03 (1914.09.16): Pleasant View Addition, 26 lots
Signed: John R. Boyd; E. Maud Boyd; Hasting Boyd; Jennie A. Boyd
Witness: Frank Laberteaux, Philo D. Wright

Nothing Pleasant about view. Continue development near Albion Malleable.

1914.11.18 (1914.12.30): Allen Place Subdivision, 14 lots
Signed: Samuel Dickie, Cordelia M. Allen
Witness: Jennie Columbus, Alta M. Lana

Fully within village boundaries. Shows area did not develop quickly. Except for two outlots facing Erie Street.

City Council
C.H. Burnett (2), Mayor
W.R. Noyes (8), City Clerk
F.L. Smith (3), C.E. Barr (1), H.D. Pugh (1), W.C. Durkee (2), Leonard Black (3), F.C. Stankrauff (8), Albert Thurow (1), George Shideman (2)
Hamilton White (1), City Treasurer
Ernest L. Winchell (4), City Marshal

School Board: 1914-15, Henry R. Woccholz, president, David A. Garfield, secretary, Bertrand J. Howlett, treasurer, Walter S. Kennedy, Merritt O. Shepard, Walter H. Rogers


1915.11.20: Plat registered, 72 lots, "Pine Crest Addition to the City of Albion."
1915: Union Steel Screen Company name changed to Union Steel Products. P44
1915: Schools, Albion High School faculty.
1915.06.15: College, Deadline for Epworth Building pledges. F420
1915: College, Alpha Xi Delta sorority founded. F311
1915.Summer: Starr, Schoolhouse constructed for use as educational building. F44
1915.09.01: Starr, Loan for Schoolhouse due, comes in mail from anonymous donor. F46
1915: Starr, Construction of Newton Hall, second residence for boys. F49
1915: Downtown, 201 Market Place (1915) Commercial Building.

1915.11.08 (1915.11.20): Pine Crest Addition to the City of Albion, 72 lots
Signed: Homer C. Blair; Eleanor H. Blair
Witness: F.H. Culver, Arza L. McCutcheon
City Council
J.D. Bean (1), Mayor
J. Clifford Smith (1), City Clerk
F.L. Smith (4), Robert Baldwin (1), Herman Bunde (1), Leonard Black (4), H.D. Pugh (2), Albert Thurow (4), C.E. Barr (1), F.W. Main (1)
Paul P. Nagle (1), City Treasurer
Ezra M. Lova (1), City Marshal

School Board: 1915-16, Merritt O. Shepard, president, David A. Garfield, secretary, Commodore Perry Belcher, treasurer, Walter S. Kennedy, Walter H. Rogers, Arthur R. Sleeper


1916: Albion Malleable recruited black workers from Pensacola, Florida to work in factory. P42
1916: George E. Dean named president of Union Steel Products. P44
1916: Fire Department introduces first motorized unit.
1916: "Stone Mill" converted for use as a bank.
1916: Black immigration from Pensacola, Florida. O30
1916: Schools, Annual banquet.
1916: Schools, William J. McKone resigns, Lusius Fast named new superintendent. P29
1916.04: Schools, School board purchased land for construction of school building. P29
1916.09: Schools, Construction of Charles W. Dalrymple School began. P29
1916.06.12: College, Epworth Hall dedicated. F421
1916.11: Starr, Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel prize for literature 1913, visited Commonwealth. F116
1916: Downtown, 207 S. Superior Street, Stone Mill (c.1916). Neoclassical.

City Council
Note: Clerk abolished under new city charter (1), replaced by "City Treasurer and Clerk." City Marshal position eliminated and replaced by Chief of Police. City Manager position also created.

William Bemer (1), Mayor
C.E. Barr (1), Robert Baldwin (1), H.D. Pugh (1), F.E. Nowlin (1)
Roland Remley (to August 28) (1), Arthur L. Sloman (acting) (1), City Manager
Paul P. Nagle (2), City Treasurer and Clerk

School Board: 1916-17, Merritt O. Shepard, president, Arthur R. Sleeper, secretary, Commodore Perry Belcher, treasurer, Walter H. Rogers, Mrs. Kirtland (Jessie) D. Davis, Mrs. George (Myrtle) P. Brown


1917: Description of Albion.
1917: Post Office built at 307 N. Superior St.
1917: City manager form of government adopted.
1917-1920: Albion black population increase from 10 to 620. O3
1917: Schools, Black immigration to Albion.
1917.09.17: Schools, School board votes to rent Community Church, for newly arrived black children. P31
1917.10.03: Schools, Lena Cable hired as teacher for black students. P31
1917.12.22: Schools, Emma Hallberg voted as first principal at Dalrymple School. P29
1917.12: Schools, Public Schools contract with Community Church expires. P32
1917: College, Delta Sigma Phi fraternity founded. F311
1917.05.08: College, Dedication of new flag pole. F423
1917.06: College, Trustees support recommendation of faculty to establish compulsory military drill, and Department of Domestic Science. College calendar shortened beginning college year 1917-1918 on October 8, 1917 and closing on May 9, 1918. F423
1917: Starr, Mrs. Emily Jewel Clark donates money for new school building. F52
1917.11.28: Starr's wife and daughter leave Starr and the Commonwealth. F65
1917: Downtown, 307 N. Superior Street, Post Office (1917). Neo-classical.
1917: Downtown, 203 S. Superior, Thomas T. Lloyd Building (c.1917). Simple Commercial Brick.

City Council
E. Floyd Hoaglin (1), Mayor
C.E. Barr (1), Dewitt E. Foskitt (1), H.D. Pugh (1), F.E. Nowlin (1)
Arthur M. Sloman (1), City Manager
Paul P. Nagle (3), City Treasurer and Clerk

School Board: 1917-18, Mrs. George (Myrtle) P. Brown, president, Arthur R. Sleeper, secretary, Commodore Perry Belcher, treasurer, Mrs. Kirtland (Jessie) D. Davis, George E. Dean, Professor Clarence W. Greene

1918: Last horses of fire department retired.
1918.01.02: Schools, Charles W. Dalrymple School opened for students. P29
1918.01.02: Schools, West Ward School becomes an all black school. P31
1918-1919: Schools, Major influenza epidemic, school closed eight weeks. P29
1918.08.19: College, President Dickie struck in the back of the head by the Interurban Electric Street Car. Hospitalized, sent home to recover. F428
1918.09: College, 200 men enroll in school and inducted into army service. F426
1918.10: College, Spanish influenza hits Albion community. October 16th epidemic at its worst. F427
1918: College, Athletic Field bleachers destroyed by fire. F398
1918.11.07: College, Community celebrates end of the world war. Parade downtown. F430
1918.11.10: College, Armistice announced followed by another parade. F430
1918.01.08: Starr, Harriet Armstrong asks for divorce from Floyd Starr, accepted. F65
1918: Starr takes quick tour of England, begins thinking of constructing a Norman chapel. F156
1918.Fall: Starr, Wilcox Cottage opened for more Commonwealth boys. F71
1918: Downtown, 305 South Clinton Street (c.1918). Residential Italianate building.
School Board: 1918-1919, George E. Dean, president, Robert W. Baldwin, secretary, Mrs. Kirtland (Jessie) D. Davis, treasurer, Mrs. George (Myrtle) P. Brown, Professor Clarence W. Greene, Henry Hadley Sheldon


1919.06.11: Plat registered, 54 lots, "Fairview Addition to the City of Albion."
1919.04.31: Public Library grand opening.
1919: Union Steel office building constructed in 1919, on the corner of N. Berrien and E. Pine Streets. P45
1919: Schools, Parent-Teachers Association formed. P29
1919: Schools, Two room addition to West Ward School added for growing number of students. P32
1919.Fall: Schools, Donald Harrington replaces Lusius Fast as superintendent. P41
1919.01.29: College, Trustees change school colors from pink and green to gold an purple. F404
1919: College, Concrete panel wall around Alumni Field completed. F399
1919.05: College, Women have Kimono Parade. F435
1919.08.06: College, Dr. David R Randall appointed Chair of Chemistry. F438
1919.Summer: College, Sigma Nu fraternity purchases E.R.Loud's residence on Allen Place and East Erie St.
1919: College, Department of Education established. F439
1919.11.21: College, First Alumni Homecoming Day. F441
1919.Winter: Starr sends mother to Bradenton, Florida during winter. F69
1919: Downtown, 501 S. Superior, Public Library (1919). Prairie Style.

1919.06.11: Fairview Addition to the City of Albion, 54 lots
Signed: A.B.C.D. Land Company, Arthur C. Hudnutt and Homer C. Blair

No record of development from 1919 to 1927.



1917-1920: Albion black population increase from 10 to 620. O3
1920's: Prominent Albion employer, the Hayes Wheel Company, merged with Kelsey Wheel Company and moved to Jackson. P40
1920: Michigan Central Freight Office burned in 1920, replaced by a new structure. P49
1920.Spring: Schools, Basketball introduced as team sport at high school. P118
1920: Schools, Black family allowed to attend nearby Dalrymple School, rather than further away at West Ward School. P29
1920: Schools, Robert Cable appointed principal of West Ward School, first black administrator. P32
1920: Schools, High School band organized. P41
1920.06: Schools, South Ward School closed, students transferred to Dalrymple. P34
1920.03.17: College, Money raised for WW1 monument. In storage at the Observatory today [2001]. F442
1920.06.15: College, President Dickie asks Board of Trustees to create a committee to find his successor. F444
1920: Downtown, 301 North Clinton Street (1920). Transportation Building.
1920: Downtown, 110-112 West Erie Street (c. 1920's). Residential Craftsman and Prairie School building.

School Board: 1920-21, George E. Dean, president, Robert W. Baldwin, secretary, Henry Hadley Sheldon, treasurer, Mrs. George (Myrtle) P. Brown, Mrs. J.B. (Alice) Foote, Professor Clarence W. Greene


1921: Schools, Certain high school subjects discontinued because of lack of room. P35
1921.06.01: Schools, High school bookstore opened and managed by superintendent. P41
1921.07.14: School board president George E. Dean recommends plans for building a new high school. P35
1921.12.21: Schools, School board approved issuing of $150,000 in bonds for high school west addition. P34
1921: College, Fire burn upper floor of Gymnasium.
1921.03: College, Resignation of Samuel Dickie as President and Helen Knappen-Scrips as Dean of Women. F447
1921.06.12: College, 60th Anniversary Commencement Week. F452
1921.10.25-26: College, Inauguration of Dr. Laird as Albion College president. F456

School Board: 1921-22, George E. Dean, president, Mrs. J.B. (Alice) Foote, secretary, Henry Hadley Sheldon, treasurer, Robert Baldwin, Alfton A. Dibble, Mrs. Fred (Emma) Northwood

1922: Schools, Albion College education students allowed to be student teachers. P41
1922: Schools, College allowed to use high school gym, high school use college football field. P41
1922.01.04: Schools, Voters approve bonds for high school west addition, 617 to 378. P35
1922.03: Schools, DeRight brothers awarded contract for high school west addition. P35
1922: College, Major/minor academic system instituted for 1922/1923 school year. F463
1922.01.12: College, Fire of unknown origin destroys old gymnasium. Renovated and reopened as cafeteria in fall. F464
1922.Fall: College, E. W. Griffin little grocery store across from North Hall converted to the College Eat Shop.
1922.12.16: College, Robinson Hall fire. F468
1922.03.20: Floyd Starr's mother died, buried at Oakridge Cemetery outside Marshall. F69
1922: Downtown, 118 West Porter Street, DeWeese Garage (c.1922). Commercial building.

School Board: 1922-23, George E. Dean, president, Mrs. J.B. (Alice) Foote, secretary, Henry Hadley Sheldon, treasurer, Robert Baldwin, Alfton A. Dibble, Mrs. Fred (Emma) Northwood

1923.11.19: Chamber of Commerce founded. P38
1923.01: College, Fire in North Hall. F472
1923.03.15: College, End of Methodist Educational Advance campaign. F475
1923.03.22: College, Transformation of four year old Sorosis Society into the Sigma Pi chapter of Kappa Delta. F477
1923.11.9-10: College, Homecoming
1923.11.25: College, Fire of unknown origin at Delta Tau Delta house at 1101 Michigan Ave. F479
1923.12.20: College, S.S. Kresge announce $175,000 to be used for new gymnasium. F481

School Board: 1923-24, Robert W. Baldwin, president, Mrs. J.B. (Alice) Foote, secretary, Mrs. Fred (Emma) Northwood, treasurer, Dr. Edwin M. Chauncey, Fred S. Brown, Alvin Dice


1924: Industrialist Warren S. Kessler donates a comfort station, that served as a rest stop for travelers on US-12 and the rail road. P49
1924.Fall: Schools, South Central Michigan High School Athletic Association formed. P118
1924: Schools, Student Council organized. P41
1924: Schools, Albion joins Debating League of Michigan. P95
1924.01: College, Robinson Hall renovated and opened. F472
1924.01.19: College, President Laird greeted by chorus of hissing, boos, catcalls, and stamping of feet at chapel service, walked out of the Chapel and out of Albion College. He never returned. F481
1924.01.21: College, Laird submits resignation to the Board of Trustees at a special meeting in Detroit. Frederic S. Goodrich named president pro tem. F484
1924.04.26: College, Executive Committee recommends Board of Trustees to elect Dr. John L. Seaton as President of Albion College. F492
1924.06.16: College, Goodrich announces the Turner will and bequest of $330,000 has been made to the college. F496
1924.01.28: Starr, Fire at Newton Hall. F138

School Board: 1924-25, Alvin Dice, president, Mrs. J.B. (Alice) Foote, secretary, Mrs. Fred (Emma) Northwood, treasurer, Dr. Edwin M. Chauncey, Charles E. Marsh, Fred S. Brown


1925: Albion Recorder Building built at 111 West Center St.
1925.02.20: College, Ground broken for Kresge Gymnasium. F506
1925.03.11: Marshall Starr, Floyd's father, laid to rest at Oakridge Cemetery. F70
1925: Downtown, 111 West Center Street, Albion Recorder Building (1925). Commercial Building.

School Board: 1925-26, Alvin Dice, president, Mrs. Donald (Margaret) Ramsdell, secretary, Mrs. Fred (Emma) Northwood, treasurer, Dr. Edwin M. Chauncey, Charles E. Marsh, Fred S. Brown

 
1926.05.17: Schools, School board approves bond election high school east addition. P35
1926.05.28: Schools, Voters approve $175,000 in bonds for high school east addition, 375-126. P35
1926.10.02: Schools, Fred W. Schumacher awarded contract for high school east addition. P35
1926: Schools, Albion Public Schools erect field house at Victory Park. P41
1926.12.30: Schools, Fire discovered in the main 1906 Central School portion of high school. P36

School Board: 1926-27, Alvin Dice, president, Mrs. Donald (Margaret) Ramsdell, secretary, Mrs. Fred (Emma) Northwood, treasurer, Dr. Edwin M. Chauncey, Charles E. Marsh, Fred S. Brown

1927.06.28: Plat registered, 79 lots, "Grandview Heights."
1927.01.05: Schools, School board voted to abandon the 1906-built Central School structure. P36
1927.02.02: Schools, Resolution adopted to name new high school after Washington Gardner. P37
1927: Schools, Lena Cable replaced husband Robert as principal of West Ward school until 1953. P32
1927: Schools, East Ward School closed, students transferred to Gardner grade school. P40
1927.11.11: Schools, Albion football team defeats Marshall 83-0. P119
1927-1928: Schools, Albion debate team successful at state finals, lose championship to Ann Arbor on May 11, 1927. P95
1927: College, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity founded. F311

1927.06.28 (1927.06.29): Grandview Heights, 79 lots
Signed; Martin DeWright; Verta DeWright; Harry J Lawe; Alla E. Lawe
Witness: S. Lonnie Knicerkbocker, R.J. Rubb

Area later part of urban renewal redevelopment.

School Board: 1927-28, Alvin Dice, president, Mrs. Edson (Margaret) D. White, secretary, Mrs. Fred (Emma) Northwood, treasurer, Dr. Edwin M. Chauncey, vice-president, Charles E. Marsh, Fred S. Brown

Note: First record of vice-president as an officer.

1928.11.30: Electric interurban passenger service ended. P54
1928: Schools, National Honor Society chartered. P41
1928.01.12: School board requests $100,000 in bonds for construction of a new building. P37
1928.01.21: Schools, Voters approve bond issue 369 to 141. P37
1928.02.08: Schools, Washington Gardner High School dedicated. P40
1928.03.31: Schools, Washington Gardner died at age of 83, seven weeks after new high school dedicated in his name. P39
1928.08.28: Schools, William J. McKone dies in Jackson. P21
1928.Fall: Schools, Floyd Dorland begins long career as athletic director. P119
1928.04: College, 14 men and women initiated as members of the Alpha Phi Gamma, national honorary journalistic fraternity, as charter members of the Nu chapter. F516
1928: College, George and Belle Dean donate home on Michigan Ave. to Albion College. Becomes Dean Hall campus cooperative house for women. F522
1928.12: Starr organizes Boy Scout troop on Albion campus. F152

School Board: 1928-29, Alvin Dice, president, Dr. Edwin M. Chauncey, vice-president, Mrs. Edson (Margaret) D. White, secretary, Mrs. Frank (Anna) Sebastian, treasurer, Charles E. Marsh, Dr. Wilbert L. Niel

1929.12.25: Bohm Theater officially opened.
1929: Schools, North Division school demolished. P5
1929: Schools, Girls "A" (Athletic) Club formed. P122
1929.12.25: College, Bohm Theater officially opened.
1929: Starr visit Khalil Gibran in New York City. F118
1929: Downtown, 201 S. Superior Street, Bohm Theater (1929). Neoclassical Theater building.

School Board: 1929-30, Alvin Dice, president, Dr. Edwin M. Chauncey, vice-president, Mrs. Edson (Margaret) D. White, secretary, Mrs. Frank (Anna) Sebastian, treasurer, Dr. Wilbert L. Niel, Adrian F. Cooper



1930's: Starr, Description of Commonwealth during Great Depression.
1930: College, Prof. Louis U. Rowland instrumental in securing the Beta Iota chapter of Phi Mu Alpha. F516

School Board: 1930-31, Alvin Dice, president, Charles E. Marsh, vice-president, Mrs. Edson (Margaret) D. White, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, Dr. Wilbert L. Niel, Adrian F. Cooper


1931: Schools, Twin Valley Athletic Association formed. P119
1931.12.22: Schools, Albion State Bank closed, Albion Public schools lose money, tax revenue declines. P41
1931.06: Starr's adopted son David, graduates from high school. F178
School Board: 1931-32, Alvin Dice, president, Charles E. Marsh, vice-president, Carl M. Creager, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, Dr. Wilbert L. Niel, Adrian F. Cooper

1932.11.24: Plat registered, 149 lots, "Hartwell Addition."
1932.11.26: Plat registered, 160 lots, "Superior Heights Addition."
1932.03: Schools, Superintendent and high school principal waive portion of salaries to save money. P41
1932: College, Goodrich Club, cooperative living residence for men, founded. F521
1932: Downtown, 123-125 East Cass Street, Albion Lumber Company Showroom (c.1932).
1932.11.24 (1932.10.31): Hartwell Addition, 149 lots
Signed: William Bemer
Witness: David L. Boyd, P.P. Nagle

First development in direction of N.Eaton Street, area later to surpass downtown as commercial center of Albion.

1932.11.26 (1932.10.31): Superior Heights Addition, 160 lots
Signed: William Bemer, Assessor of Albion
Witness: David L. Boyd, P.P. Nagle

School Board: 1932-33, Alvin Dice, president, Charles E. Marsh, vice-president, Carl M. Creager, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, George Schumacher, Harland A. Ludwig

1933-1936: Construction of City Hall at 112 West Cass St.
1933: Schools, Senior Trip cancelled for lack of funds. P41
1933.03.04: Schools, National "bank holiday," School money in Commercial Savings Bank frozen. P41
1933.11: Schools, Public Schools receive loan from state to continue operating. P42
1933: Downtown, 112 West Cass Street (1933-36). Georgian Colonial Revival City Hall.
School Board: 1933-34, Alvin Dice, president, Charles E. Marsh, vice-president, Carl M. Creager, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, George Schumacher, Harland A. Ludwig

1934.Fall: Starr, Work begun on Webster Hall, first gymnasium. All materials donated, prison labor. F134
School Board: 1934-35, Alvin Dice, president, Charles E. Marsh, vice-president, Carl M. Creager, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, George Schumacher, Harland A. Ludwig

1935.02.21: Plat registered, 184 lots, "Prospect Hill Addition."
1935.06: College, College celebrated centennial during commencement. F529
1935.06.04: Starr, David Starr graduates cum laude from Albion College. F179
1935.06.05: Starr, David Starr marries Elta Arber at Gladsome Cottage. F179
1935.02.21 (1934.12.10): Prospect Hill Addition, 184 lots
Signed: William Bemer, Assessor of Albion
Witness: George Herls, P.P. Nagle
School Board: 1935-36, Alvin Dice, president, Charles E. Marsh, vice-president, Carl M. Creager, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, George Schumacher, Erik C. Biewend


1936.01: Schools, "Wildcats" chosen as name for Albion teams. P122
1936.12.08: College, Board of Trustees approve construction of new college library. F530
1936.01.08: Starr, Fire at Emily Jewel Clark School Building, destroyed. F138
1936.04: Starr, Detroit News columnist Anne Campbell visits Commonwealth. F120
1936.06.07: Starr, Shrine of the Woods built and dedicated as a place of worship. F88
1936.Summer: Starr, Severe drought limits food production, Commonwealth asks for donations. F139

School Board: 1936-37, Alvin Dice, president, Charles E. Marsh, vice-president, Carl M. Creager, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, George Schumacher, Erik C. Biewend

1937: Lonegran Manufacturing moves to Albion, locates on site of former Hayes Wheel Company. P40
1937.02.27: College, Fire sweeps through Dean Hall. F523
1937.04.12: College, Ground broken for Stockwell Memorial Library. F530
School Board: 1937-38, Alvin Dice, president, Charles E. Marsh, vice-president, Carl M. Creager, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, George Schumacher, Erik C. Biewend

1938.06: Schools, Public Schools begin a community recreation program. P41
1938-1939: Schools, Albion wins 1939 Class B State Championship. P122
1938.03: College, Dr. William A. Shimer, national secretary of Phi Beta Kappa invited to speak at Phi Gamma initiation dinner. F514
1938.06.04: College, Stockwell Memorial Library dedicated. F533
1938.09.28: College, Kresge Gymnasium pool formally dedicated. F507
1938.10: College, Plans and donation for Susanna Wesley Hall announced. F509
1938: Downtown, 109 West Erie Street (c.1938). Professional building, vernacular.
School Board: 1938-39, Alvin Dice, president, Charles E. Marsh, vice-president, Carl M. Creager, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, George Schumacher, Mrs. C. Thatcher (Neva) Hatch

1939.10.26: Plat registered, 44 lots, "Woodlawn Park Addition."
1939.06: Schools, Harrington resigns, George Walkotten named superintendent. P47
1939.05.01: College, First Methodist Church of Albion votes to send a resolution to Albion College asking to include new Methodist church in chapel plans. F582
1939.12.14: College, President Seaton announced in chapel that the Committee on Qualifications of Phi Beta Kappa at the senate meeting in New York had voted to recommend to the council in September that a chapter be awarded to Albion College. F514
1939: Starr, Panel Boys started as a way for boys to tell stories and represent campus. F105
1939.10: Starr, Inglis Cottage dedicated. F142
1939.10.26 (1939.08.21): Woodlawn Park Addition, 44 lots
Signed; E.C. Biewend, husband; Nita Biewend, wife
Witness: H.W. Russell; Maude Signworth
School Board: 1939-40, George A. Schumacher, president, Mrs. C. Thatcher (Neva) Hatch, vice-president, Carl M. Creager, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, Everett Cavanagh, C. Reginald Smith



1940-1960: Albion's nonwhite population grows from 907 to 2,327. O3 
1940-1960: Albion's total population increased 53% from 8,345 to 12,749. O28
1940.05.08: Plat registered, ? lots, "Assessorís Re-Plat of the Wesleyan seminary Addition."
1940: Lake Shore railroad tracks from Springport to Lansing abandoned. P53
1940: J.C.Penny's building constructed at 301 S. Superior St.
1940.11.08: College, Dedication of Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus. F515
1940.11.08-11: College, Homecoming Weekend.
1940.12: College, Harry Parker residence on 501 Michigan Ave. purchased by college for $14,000. F511
1940: College, Alpha Lambda Delta scholastic honorary established to recognize outstanding underclass women. F517
1940: Starr, Detroit Free Press columnist and "poet/philosopher" Edgar A. Guest visits campus. F120
1940: Starr, George Washington Carver, famed botanist, makes five day stop at Commonwealth. F123
1940s: Starr, Jesse Stuart, famed fiction writer, visits Commonwealth. F121
1940: Downtown, 301 S. Superior Street, J.C. Penny's Building (c.1940). Modern.

School Board: 1940-41, George A. Schumacher, president, Mrs. C. Thatcher (Neva) Hatch, vice-president, Carl M. Creager, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, Everett Cavanagh, C. Reginald Smith

1941.11.03: Plat registered, 65 lots, "Replat of part of Mill Reserve and Block AB of Original Plat."
1941.02: Interurban trestle demolished. P55
1941: Schools, High school year books made soft-cover until 1952. P47
1941: College, Installation of Mortar Board, national organization honoring senior women who have achieved distinction in scholarship, service, and strength of character. F516
1941.11: Starr, Helen Keller makes two day visit to Commonwealth. F127
1941.11.03 (1941.11.03): Replat of part of Mill Reserve and Block AB of Original Plat, 65 lots
Signed: William Bemer, Assessor of City of Albion
Witness: H.A. Rieger, Harry J. McCauliffe
School Board: 1941-42, George A. Schumacher, president, Mrs. C. Thatcher (Neva) Hatch, vice-president, Carl M. Creager, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, Everett Cavanagh, C. Reginald Smith
1942.01.26: Schools, Air raid drills start in Albion schools. P47
1942.Fall: Schools, Chapel services begun for junior and senior high students. P47
1942: College, Establishment of Omnicron Delta Kappa, to honor juniors and seniors who have actively contributed to campus life and scholarship. F517
1942.06.25: Starr, Jerry Sacharski chosen as campus athletic director. F154
1942: Starr, David Starr received Doctor of Jurisprudence from Detroit College of Law. F179
1942: Downtown, 202 West Erie Street (1942). Colonial Revival church.
School Board: 1942-43, George A. Schumacher, president, Mrs. C. Thatcher (Neva) Hatch, vice-president, Everett Cavanagh, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, C. Reginald Smith, D. Richard McAuliffe
1943.08.27: Plat registered, lots, "Benjaminís Subdivision."
1943: Natural gas supplements use of manufactured water gas.
1943: Lake Shore railroad tracks abandoned from Albion to Litchfield. P53
1943: College sets up a retirement program with the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. F 438
1943: College, David Stickler begins long tenure as director of the college choir. F543
1943.02.12: College, Pleiad announces college to instruct army pre-flight cadets. F540
1943.03: College, President Seaton announces a summer semester at the college. F545
1943.06: Starr, Gordon Langley graduated from Kalamazoo High School. F197
1943: Starr, Adrian College awards Floyd Starr an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. F188
1943.10: Starr, Carl Sandburg visits Commonwealth. F118

1943.08.27 (1943.09.07): Benjaminís Subdivision, 10 lots
Signed: Dennis Benjamin, Grace Benjamin
Witness: Martha M. Maserett, Ronald Benjamin

School Board: 1943-44, C. Reginald Smith, president, Mrs. C. Thatcher (Neva) Hatch, vice-president, Everett Cavanagh, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, George V. Mather, Theodore VanDellen
1944.02.04: College, Pleiad announces aircrew to leave in the spring. F540
1944.03.24: College girls organize a Victory Weekend. F541
1944.03: College, President Seaton announces collaboration with Bay View summer school. F546
1944.11.14: College, Chapel fund drive begun. F568
1944: Starr, Wiley Reynolds donates Jackson mansion to Commonwealth. F145
School Board: 1944-45, C. Reginald Smith, president, Mrs. C. Thatcher (Neva) Hatch, vice-president, Everett Cavanagh, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, George V. Mather, Theodore VanDellen

1945: Transition to sole use of natural gas.
1945: Schools, End of World War II, high school bell rung for first time in years. P47
1945.09.01: College, President Seaton retires from presidency of Albion College. William W. Whitehouse named next president. F547
1945.11: College, Religious service held on armistice day. F560
School Board: 1945-46, C. Reginald Smith, president, Mrs. C. Thatcher (Neva) Hatch, vice-president, George V. Mather, secretary, Mrs. Karl (Rena) Miller, treasurer, Everett Cavanagh, Theodore VanDellen
1946.08.30: Plat registered, 126 lots, "Sheridan Heights Addition, Plat 1."
1946.04.23: College, President Seaton's wife passes away. Funeral service held April 25. F561
1946.04.26: College, Inauguration of Dr. William Whitcomb Whitehouse. F561
1946.10: Starr meets Dorothy Maynor, famous soprano, starts friendship with her. F112
1946.08.30: Sheridan Heights Addition, Plat 1, 126 lots
School Board: 1946-47, C. Reginald Smith, president, Everett Cavanagh, vice-president, George V. Mather, secretary, Mrs. C. Thatcher (Neva) Hatch, treasurer, Earl Cartwright, Theodore VanDellen


1947: College, President Whitehouse announces support from Kresge Foundation for a men's dorm, and endowment. F563
1947.Fall: College, College opens government surplus housing on Burns St. F566
1947: Starr, City of Jackson wins suit to take Reynolds property for expansion of Jackson Junior College. F147

School Board: 1947-48, C. Reginald Smith, president, Everett Cavanagh, vice-president, George V. Mather, secretary, Earl Cartwright, treasurer, Karin Swanson, Theodore VanDellen
1948.03.01: Plat registered, 14 lots, "Maple Ridge Subdivision in the City of Albion, Michigan."
1948: Michigan Bell/Ameritech building constructed at 212 S. Clinton.
1948.04.17: College, Frederic S. Goodrich dies.
1948.10.15: College, Laying of cornerstone of Seaton Hall.
1948.08.21: Starr, Gordon Langley marries Eleanor Larson at Methodist Church in Kalamazoo. F197
1948.11: Starr, Boys Town Choir of Nebraska visits Commonwealth, sings with boys. F114
1948.12: Starr, Wiley Reynolds, early benefactor to Commonwealth, succumbs to heart attack. F148
1948: Downtown, NC 212 South Clinton Street, Michigan Bell/Ameritech Building (1948). Classical Revival.
1948.03.01 (1948.02.09): Maple Ridge Subdivision in the City of Albion, Michigan, 14 lots
Signed: Fred J. Herrick, Carrie M Herrick
Witness: R. Bud Davis, Eda Klein
School Board: 1948-49, C. Reginald Smith, president, Everett Cavanagh, vice-president, George V. Mather, secretary, Earl Cartwright, treasurer, Karin Swanson, Theodore VanDellen


1949: Housing Act of 1949 provides federal support for housing clearance. O11
1949: Calhoun County Department of Health investigates housing on west side of town. O32
1949: Albion Malleable company housing moved from directly north of the plant to another location. P43
1949-1951: Albion's manufacturing employment rises 57%, from 2,100 to 3,300. O27
1949: College, Phi Eta Sigma, national freshman men's scholastic honorary chartered. F517
1949: College, Seaton Hall dedicated. F570
1949.04.11: Starr, Groundbreaking for Chapel-in-the Woods. F157
1949.11: Starr, Student Kenneth Miller kills house mother Mrs. Estell Tusch. F171
1949.12: Starr, VFW awards Floyd Starr a citizenship medal. F172

School Board: 1949-50, C. Reginald Smith, president, Everett Cavanagh, vice-president, George V. Mather, secretary, Earl Cartwright, treasurer, Karin Swanson, Wilbur A. Johnson

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