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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
1950.04.27: Plat registered, 84 lots, "Assessors Plat of Culver’s Addition and Re-Plat of Lots 1-8 incl. Blk 7 of J.G. Wright’s Addition."
1950.06.23: Plat registered, 46 lots, "Orchard Park Addition."
1950: Description of Albion.
1950: Corning Glass Works arrived in Albion, employing over 1,000. P46
1950.02: Mayor Weiner approves study on feasibility of Albion getting federally subsidized low income housing. O39
1950: Arrival of Corning Glass Works to Albion, boom in population. P47
1950.04.20: Schools, Bond issue passed 468 to 124, for addition to Dalrymple and construction of new elementary school. P47
1950's: Starr, Michigan Department of Education charged Panel Boys program exploitative, order elimination. F108
1950.03: Starr, Floyd Starr named Knight Templar in Masonic Lodge, Marshall Commandery. F213
1950.04: Starr, Boy Scouts of America awards Starr "the Silver Antelope Award for noteworthy services of exceptional character to boyhood." F152
1950.06.05: Starr, Albion College awards Floyd Starr honorary Doctor of Laws degree. F188
1950.10.03: Starr, Dedication ceremony for the Chapel-in-the-Woods, Rev. Norman Vincent Peale speaker. F160
1950: Downtown, NC 107 South Clinton, Garage (c.1950).

Replat of area near Gale Manufacturing plant. Precursor to 1960's urban renewal scheme.

1950.06.23 (1950.05.01): Orchard Park Addition, 46 lots
Signed: William Bemer, City Assessor
Witness: Eda Keith, Jane W. Nutt

School Board: 1950-51, C. Reginald Smith, president, Everett Cavanagh, vice-president, George V. Mather, secretary, Earl Cartwright, treasurer, Karin Swanson, Wilbur A. Johnson

1951.01.15: College, Ground broken for Baldwin Hall. Built by Kresge Foundation. F571
1951: Starr acquires Beckmann estate in Ohio, later to become Commonwealth campus. F197
1951.06: Starr received "Dale Carnegie International Award in the field of Human Relations." F190
1951.06.16: Starr, University of Michigan award Floyd Starr honorary Master of Arts degree. F189
School Board: 1951-52, C. Reginald Smith, president, Everett Cavanagh, vice-president, George V. Mather, secretary, Earl Cartwright, treasurer, Karin Swanson, Wilbur A. Johnson

1952.03.18: Plat registered, 61 lots, "Sheridan Heights Addition, Plat 2."
1952.02: Opening of the 100 unit Northview Homes housing project. F39
1952: Schools, Picture of Albion High Schoolcoaches.
1952.04.08: Schools, Addition to Dalrymple School opened. P47
1952.09.04: Schools, Classes open at new North elementary school. P47
1952.10.19: Schools, First open house at North School, 650 people attend. P47
1952.08: College, Baldwin Hall completed. F573
1952.03.18 (1951.10.22): Sheridan Heights Addition, Plat 2, 61 lots
Signed: William Bemer, City Assessor
Witness: Eda Klein, Albert F. Schumacher

1952.05.04 (1953.03.02): Wiener’s Assessor’s Plat to the City of Albion, 193 lots
Signed: Albert F. Schumacher, City Assessor
Witness: Lewis M. Shrayer, Richmond J. Ray

School Board: 1952-53, C. Reginald Smith, president, Everett Cavanagh, vice-president, George V. Mather, secretary, Earl Cartwright, treasurer, Karin Swanson, Wilbur A. Johnson

1953.05.04: Plat registered, 193 lots, "Wiener’s Assessor’s Plat to the City of Albion."
1953.05.27: Plat registered, 92 lots, "A.A. Magnotta’s Assessor’s Plat."
1953: Schools, Segregated West Ward School closed after protest by black residents. O30 
1953.06: Schools, Lena Cable resigned as principal of segregated West Ward School. P52
1953.09: Schools, Rev. Marion Wheeler and Robert Holland, Sr. lead 45 day boycott of West Ward School. P52
1953.Fall: Schools, Tradition of electing Homecoming Queen and court begun. P125
1953.10.20: School board votes to close West Ward School, students sent to other schools. P52
1953.11.10: Schools, Bond issue approved for construction of "Northwest" elementary school. P50
1953.12.17: College, Methodist Church votes to create a church-college facility on campus. F583
1953: Starr, Mrs. Emilie H. Brueckner died, beqest $100,000 for building a museum. F162
1953.07.16: Starr, Marcus Burrowes, campus architect, died at age of 79. F169
1953.07: Starr, Michigan State Senate passes resolution congratulating Starr. F190
1953: Starr, Establishment of Starr Commonwealth campus in Ohio. F196
1953.05.27 (1953.03.02): A.A. Magnotta’s Assessor’s Plat, 92 lots
Signed: Albert F. Schumacher, city assessor
Witness: Kenneth Booth, Harry J. McAuliffe
School Board: 1953-54, Everett Cavanagh, president, Wilbur A. Johnson, vice-president, Karin Swanson, secretary, Earl Cartwright, treasurer, C. Reginald Smith, Dr. Alice F. Campbell

1954: Housing Act expanded, focused on rehabilitation and conservation. O14
1954: James McIntosh becomes first black resident elected to Albion City Council. O30
1954.10.09: College, Groundbreaking for Wesley Hall addition. F577
City Council:
Mayor, Norman H. Wiener
City Clerk and Treasurer, John Bentley
Attorney, Joe Wilcox
Engineer, Hugo Rieger
Ed Williams, Robert Watson, Ken Booth, Lyle Johnson, Harold Ford, Carl Miller

School Board: 1954-55, Wilbur A. Johnson, president, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, vice-president, Karin Swanson, secretary, Earl Cartwright, treasurer, C. Reginald Smith, Robert J. Geyer


1955: Schools, Special legislative district designation repealed, Albion became classified a "Class 3" district. P55
1955.01.18: School board names new elementary building, Crowell School. P50
1955.02.21: Schools, New north addition opened at North School. P47
1955.10: College, East Hall ready for occupancy. F578
1955: Downtown, NC 114 West Erie Street (c.1955). One-story commercial brick building.
1955: Downtown, NC 111 West Cass Street (c.1955). One-story commercial building.

School Board: 1955-56, C. Reginald Smith, president, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, vice-president, Karin Swanson, secretary, Robert J. Geyer, treasurer, Otis W. Myers, George Matthews, Alden S. Hensel

Note: Board membership increased to seven persons.

1956: Chemical Bank Accounting Center built downtown.
1956: Lonegran Manufacturing merged with the McGraw Electric Company. P40
1956.03: Rieger invited three officials from Public Housing Authority office in Chicago to meet with the mayor and city council. O44
1956.04: Rieger elected mayor, sixteen months after retiring as city engineer. O42
1956.01.03: Schools, Classes opened at new Crowell School. P51
1956.01.25: Schools, City Bank and Trust company purchases $600,000 in bonds. P51
1956.06.19: Schools, School board awards contract to Miller-Davis Company of Kalamazoo for new Harrington School.
1956.09.04: College, East and West Halls and Dorothy McVittie Kresge Dining Hall dedicated. F579
1956.10.13: College, Cornerstone ceremony for Goodrich Chapel. F584
1956: Downtown, NC 309 North Superior Street. Chemical South Bank Accounting Center (1956)

School Board: 1956-57, C. Reginald Smith, president, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, vice-president, Otis W. Myers, secretary, Robert J. Geyer, treasurer, George Matthews, Alden S. Hensel, Mary Felisky


1957: Members resign from the Planning Commission because of insufficient funds. O43
1957.09.05: Schools, Harrington School opened for classes, Galbraith principal. P52
1957: Starr, Candler Hall constructed, Starr moves there from Gladsome Cottage. F167
1957.10.06: Starr, Dedication of Candler Hall, Norton Cottage, and Brueckner Building. F170

School Board: 1957-58, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, president, Alden S. Hensel, vice-president, Otis W. Myers, secretary, Robert J. Geyer, treasurer, George Matthews, William C. Harton, Mary Felisky

1958-60: Interstate 94 constructed. P53
1958.03: Schools, B&B Wrecking Company demolishes West Ward School.
1958: College, Pi Beta Phi sorority founded. F311
1958.09.21: College, Last service at Erie St. Methodist Church, then march to Goodrich Chapel for dedication service. F585
1958.10.06: Starr, Dedication ceremony of Kresge Cottage, donated by Kresge Foundation. F173
School Board: 1958-59, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, president, Alden S. Hensel, vice-president, Otis W. Myers, secretary, Robert J. Geyer, treasurer, William C. Harton, Mary Felisky, Ralph Brooks

1959.06.15: Plat registered, 13 lots, "Plat of Woodlawn Park Addition No. 1."
1959.12.04: Plat registered, 7 lots, "Otto Zick’s Plat to the City of Albion."
1959.06.08: College, Trustees decree construction of a house at 400 ½ Erie St. between Dean Hall and the Kalamazoo River for President Whitehouse and his wife to live in. F609
1959.09.14: College, Selection Committee meets with Dr. and Mrs. Norris for an interview and luncheon in Baldwin Hall. F600
1959.10.06: College, Dr. Norris accepts Albion College presidency. Asks to keep confidential. F601
1959.10.18: College, Pleiad scoops Norris's acceptance, prints special issue. F601
1959.10: College, Homecoming. "Pages from the Ages." P594
1959: Starr, Flynn and Allen cottages constructed. F174
1959.12.08: Starr, Ground breaking for Knights Templar Hall. F215
1959.06.15 (1959.05.25): Plat of Woodlawn Park Addition No. 1, 13 lots
Signed: Robert E. Biewend; Joyce E. Biewend
Witness: Evelyn L. Robinson

1959.12.04 (1959.09.29): Otto Zick’s Plat to the City of Albion, 7 lots
Signed; Otto P. Zick, Bertha E. Zick, Frank A. Paniccia, Sandra M. Pannicia Hershel C. Fox, Executive View President City Bank and Trust Company
Witness: Karlen W. Comstock, Anatero O. Hustvedt, H.A. Rieger, Phylis E. Geisen

School Board: 1959-60, Otis W. Myers, president, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, vice-president, George Matthews, secretary, Robert J. Geyer, treasurer, William C. Harton, Mary Felisky, Ralph Brooks


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


1960.05.13: Plat registered, 18 lots, "Locust Lane Subdivision."
1960.07: Interstate 94 arrives and provides a more direct link to surrounding regions. O6, P92
1960: Albion's labor demand exceeds labor supply, and began pulling from other regions. O27
1960's: Schools, Racial unrest in schools.
1960.01.22: Schools, Superintendent Walkotten announces plans to retire in June. P55
1960.03.26: Schools, Superintendent Walkotten dies of heart attack before retires, buried Riverside Cemetery. P55
1960.04.12: Schools, John Schuring named acting superintendent from April 12 to June 30. P56
1960.07.01: Schools, Acting superintendent John Schuring replaced by Dr. Carl Brautigam. P62
1960.07.19: Schools, Board proposes $3.385 million senior high building plan. P57
1960.10.17: Schools, Bond issue for new $3.385 million senior high lost by 990 to 792. P57
1960.05: College, 1300 students with a police escort surprised President Whitehouse and presented him a scroll recognizing him for his service to the college. F606
1960.11: College, President Norris suggests student fees be increased by $100 per year. F625
1960: Starr, Kindel and Besser cottages constructed. F174

School Board: 1960-61, Otis W. Myers, president, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, vice-president, George Matthews, secretary, Robert J. Geyer, treasurer, Wilbur A. Johnson, Ralph Brooks, Pauline Chopper


1961.09.28: Plat registered, 13 lots, "Haven Lane Subdivision."
1961.10.30: Plat registered, 9 lots, "Addition #1 to Locust Lane Subdivision."
1961.06: Updated housing code approved by City Council. O45
1961.03.06: Schools, Bond issue for new $2.1 million senior high lost by 1117 to 664. P57
1961.11.30: Schools, Former superintendent Harrington dies, buried Riverside Cemetery. P45
1961: College, Albion founding member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. F622
1961: College, Morley Fraser named Michigan's coach of the year. F641
1961.01.28: College, President Emeritus John L. Seaton passes away while at the home of his daughter. F611
1961.04.14: College, Dr. Louis William Norris inaugurated president of Albion College. F611
1961.12: College, Trustees appoint a "council of architects" to devise a Master Plan for the overall campus. F625
1961.01: Starr, Knights Templar Hall open for use. F215
1961.05.05: Starr, Dedication of Knights Templar Hall. F215
1961: Starr, VFW awards Floyd Starr Gold Citizenship Award. F190
1961: Starr, Herrick, Kutsche, and Oliver cottages constructed. F174

1961.05.31 (1960.06.06): Locust Lane Subdivision, 18 lots
Signed: Frank E. Dean, Jean DeVotie Dean; Dr. Jack F. Hill, Patricia J. Hill; Dr. Russell C. Rowan, Marian K. Rowan; William C. Neumann, Doris H. Neumann; Charles W. Burns, Helen K. Burns; Dr. Phil M. Henderson, Helen W. Henderson; Dewey H. Bitney, Barbara F. Bitney; Jack Booth, Dorothy Booth; Kenneth M. Booth, Helen Booth; Dr. Collis M. Spencer, Lorene H. Spencer

Elites from college and city protected themselves in homogenous subdivisions. For remaining residents, largely could not afford to stay anywhere but the place they were at, which was typically decaying houses many built before 1940. At this juncture Albion began to pay price for poorly built factory housing and for bringing immigrants and migrants to the city as jobs started to disappear. Made an explosive mixture.

1961.09.28 (1961.09.18): Haven Lane Subdivision, 13 lots
Signed: Belle A. Dean; W. Clark Dean, Mate W. Dean; Carl W. Steinhauer, Margaret R. Steinhauer; Frank E. Dean, Jean DeVotie Dean; Linwood L. Reed, Margaret Reed; Barry B. Ewbank, Mary B. Ewbank
Witness: Theodore VanDellen, Notary Public for Calhoun County

1961.10.30 (1961.08.21): Addition #1 to Locust Lane Subdivision, 9 lots
Signed: Frank E. Dean, Jean Devottie Dean
Witness: Jean Dellage, Robert A. Good

School Board: 1961-62, George Matthews, president, Otis W. Myers, vice-president, Mack E. Horsman, secretary, Ralph Brooks, treasurer, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, Pauline Chopper, Victor Burstein

1962.09.30: Plat registered, 18 lots, "R-Van Plat."
1962-1972: Urban Renewal, West Central urban renewal project carried out in Albion. O26
1962: Urban Renewal, City Council applies for a planning loan from HFA to devise a General Neighborhood Renewal Plan (GNRP). O46
1962: Urban Renewal, Creation of a citizens advisory committee on urban renewal. O50
1962.10.04: Schools, Voters approve $2.5 million bond issue for construction of new senior high by 1,288 to 1,187 after a bitter campaign. P57
1962.12.28: Schools, "Six concerned taxpayers" filed suit charging election not legally run. P57
1962: College, Union Board founded to secure big name popular entertainment acts for campus. F643
1962.10: College, Trustees agree to build upper class men's dormitory. F633
1962.11.02: College, Haven Hills Home, estate of George Dean donated to the college by Union Steel Products of Albion. F641
1962.Fall: Starr, Hough football field dedicated. F216
1962: Starr, Ray Herrick donate money for combination clinic/social service center. F218
1962.11.30 (1962.11): R-Van Plat, 18 lots
Signed: Robert N. Van Wert; Joyce A. Van Wert; Robert J. Bryden; Lois N. Bryden
Witness: Maude B. Meyer; Hugo F. Meyer
School Board: Mack E. Horsman, president, Victor Burstein, vice-president, Pauline Chopper, secretary, Otis W. Meyers, treasurer, George Matthews, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, Robert J. Geyer

1963.08.27: Plat registered, 19 lots, "Industrial Park Subdivision."
1963.01: Urban Renewal, Donald McMillan hired by city as Director of Urban Renewal. O49
1963.05: Urban Renewal, Albion's GNRP approved by federal government. O47
1963.12: Urban Renewal, City meeting on urban renewal lasted more than four and a half hours. O50
1963-1964: Schools, Only season Albion designated as a "Class A" School. P129
1963.05.17: College, "Discourse on a Decade" announced by President Norris at Baldwin Hall banquet. F626
1963.06.24: College, Albion College named recipient of a $2 million Ford Foundation grant, with $4 million challenge grant by June 30, 1966. F627
1963.10: College, Board of trustees accepts nondiscrimination clause. F650
1963.03.25: Starr, Mary Katherine clinic/social service center dedicated. F219
1963.06: Starr, Gala Appreciation Banquet sponsored by Chamber of Commerce, for Commonwealth. F190
1963.08.27 (1963.06.03): Industrial Park Subdivision, 19 lots
Signed: Hugo A. Rieger, Mayor; Howard W. Bradley, Clerk
School Board: 1963-64, Victor S. Burstein, president, Robert J. Geyer, vice-president, Pauline Chopper, secretary, Henry Dixon, treasurer, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, George Matthews, Otis W. Meyers


1964.02.03: City Council approves "human relations ordinance," that discourages housing segregation. O57
1964: Urban Renewal, Critic Martin Anderson publishes the Federal Bulldozer, a scathing conservative attack on urban renewal. O18
1964.01.09: Urban Renewal, Lively public forum on urban renewal held at Dalrymple Elementary, with city officials and over 300 citizens present. O58
1964.11: Urban Renewal, HHFA requires West Cass Street included in urban renewal plan, renewing urban renewal controversy. O72
1964: Schools, AHS Basketball wins Class A state championship. P129
1964.04.11: Schools, Albion High School debate team wins Class A state championship with 3-0 decision. P95
1964.07.08: Schools, Michigan Supreme Court ruled that bond election was legally conducted. P57
1964.Fall: College, Number of chapel services reduced by half to one a week. F646
1964.10.17: College, Whitehouse Hall dedicated. F633
1964.06.12: Starr, Memorial service for Gordon Langley at First Methodist Church in Van Wert. F203
1964.06.14: Starr, Outdoor memorial service for Gordon Langley friends and associates. F203
1964.06: Starr, Eleanor Langley chosen to replace husband as director of Starr campus in Ohio. F205

School Board: 1964-65, Robert J. Geyer, president, Victor S. Burstein, vice-president, Pauline Chopper, secretary, Henry Dixon, treasurer, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, George Matthews, Otis W. Meyers


1965: Albion's manufacturing employment hits record high of 4,300 workers and $25 million of revenue. O28
1965: Urban Renewal, The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created as a cabinet-level department, organizing federal housing efforts. O16
1965.05.05: Urban Renewal, Council voted 5-2 in favor of signing a binding contract with the HHFA, for a 134 acre, $1.6 million urban renewal project. O72
1965.05.12: Urban Renewal, City signs binding contract with the federal government to carry out renewal program. O85
1965.10.05: Urban Renewal, City given permission to begin acquiring parcels in the Grandview area. O85
1965.07.29: Schools, Lowest bid for new high school $450,000 higher than original estimate. P57
1965.11.08: Schools, Additional bond issue for new senior high approved 1,211 to 222. P57
1965.11.01: Schools, Construction began on new senior high school. P57
1965.04: College, Basic Ideas program created to be instituted next fall. F616
1965.10.13: College ratifies agreement with the Ann Arbor Trust Company to issue dormitory bonds for $2,622,000. F633
1965.10.16: College, Cornerstone Ceremony for Bobbitt Visual Arts Building. F634
1965.12.01: College, Department of Housing and Urban Development loans Albion College $2,622,000 through the purchase of grants issued by the college. F633

School Board: 1965-66, Robert J. Geyer, president, Victor S. Burstein, vice-president, Pauline Chopper, secretary, Henry Dixon, treasurer, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, George Matthews, Otis W. Meyers


1966: Plan to build a trailer park south of Irwin Avenue rejected. O94
1966.06.06: Urban Renewal, Richard Day hired as rehabilitation officer for the renewal project. O99
1966.12: Urban Renewal, Only 30 of 39 properties in the Grandview area acquired. O86
1966.03: Schools, Unrest at Albion High School. P62
1966.06.04: College, President Norris announces completion of Ford Foundation $4 million challenge grant campaign. F628
1966.10.22: College, Dedication of college fraternity buildings and Twin Towers dormitory. F634
1966.12: College, Trustees have architects prepare plans for Phase I of the science complex. F637
1966.09.03: Starr, Kent Visitors Center dedicated on Albion campus. F223

City Council: Mayor, Lyle Johnson
City Manager, Al Glassford
City Treasurer and Clerk, Howard Bradley
Alan Gauss, James McIntosh, Les Engstrom, Norm Davey, Joseph Romanchuk, Roger Klein

School Board: 1966-67, Pauline Chopper, president, Henry Dixon, vice-president, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, secretary, Robert J. Geyer, treasurer, George Matthews, Otis W. Myers, Minard Farley, Jr.


1967.04.18: Plat registered, 51 lots, "Huntington Hills."
1967: Unrest in Albion coinciding with riots in Detroit.
1967: Albion Malleable became the Hayes Albion Corporation. P41
1967.02: Urban Renewal, Peabody Homes, public senior housing, completed. O91
1967.06: Urban Renewal, City began process of redeveloping Grandview land. O86
1967: Urban Renewal, Appraisal by Dick A.J. Behr warns that vacant lots in deteriorating locations would be difficult to sell. O110
1967.03.24: Schools, Junior high newspaper The Zephyr first issue. P81
1967.05.21: Schools, Dedication and open house of new senior high school, total cost $3,250,290. P57
1967.09: Schools, Sixth grade students moved to Gardner School from elementary schools. P62
1967: College, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Michigan political action committee founded. F641
1967.05: College, Students demonstrate elimination of off campus housing. F652
1967.10.20: College, Groundbreaking ceremony held for science center. F637
1967: Starr, Ceeley Cottage constructed. F174
1967.03: Starr, Construction begun on Industrial Arts building. F223
1967.06.10: Starr, Albion College awards Floyd Starr a special citation on his retirement. F190
1967.Summer: Starr, Larry Bendtro named second president of Starr Commonwealth. F235

1967.04.18 (1967.01): Huntington Hills, 51 lots
Signed: Walter W. Neller; Frances W. Neller; William J. Spagnola; Sandra Jean Spagnola; Alfred A. Fierke; Goldie M. Fierke
School Board: 1967-68, Pauline Chopper, president, Minard Farley, Jr., vice-president, Robert J. Geyer, secretary, Henry Dixon, treasurer, Dr. Alice F. Campbell, Elkin R. Isaac, Dr. Charles C. Williams
1968.09.24: Plat registered, 18 lots, "Albion Meadows."
1968: Gale Manufacturing applied for bankruptcy, closed operations, 100 jobs lost. P38, O109
1968: Unrest in Albion coinciding with assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1968.Summer: Urban Renewal, Work begun on the Grandview public housing project. O93
1968: Urban Renewal, Private housing starts reach a then all time low of only 3 units. O94
1968.06: Schools, Austin school closed, students transferred to other elementary schools. Administrative offices move from Harrington School to Austin School. P62
1968.01: College, Student Senate open housing proposal rejected by faculty and president. F653
1968.04: College, Albion Ecumenical Movement hold protests about the War in Vietnam, the draft, and civil rights. F654
1968.05: College, Albion Ecumenical Movement announced that the Venture in Meaning theme was to be "The Ferment on Campus." F653
1968: College, Unrest in Albion coinciding with assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1968.Spring: Starr, Floyd Starr takes trip to Ireland by himself. F183
1968.11.10: Starr's first and only wife Harriet Armstrong died. F238
1968.09.24 (1968.04.29): Albion Meadows, 18 lots
Signed: Ralph A. Cram, Mary Ellen Cram, Jack M. McClure, Georgiann McClure, Milo J. Henshaw, … E. Henshaw
Witness: Doris E. Roberts, Sally Hillabrant, Helen M Weideman
School Board: 1968-69, Elkin R. Isaac, president, Minard Farley, Jr., vice-president, Dr. Charles C. Williams, secretary, Henry Dixon, treasurer, Robert J. Geyer Geraldine Johnson Lawrence Union


1969: Lake Shore railroad tracks from Albion to Springport torn up. P53
1969: Union Steel Products sold to Eagle Pitcher Industries. P45
1969: Urban Renewal, Thirty-two parcels of land acquired and 57 families and 7 individuals relocated. O98
1969: Urban Renewal, Three properties sold to Stylemaster Homes of Fort Wayne, IN. O106
1969.02.06: Urban Renewal, Housing forum sponsored by the Albion Manufacturers Division of the Albion Chamber of Commerce. O94
1969.03: Urban Renewal, Representatives from HHFA Chicago office attended council meeting, and criticized slow progress of urban renewal program. O114
1969.02.11: Schools, Former West Ward School property given to city, made into Holland Park. P54
1969.09.01: Schools, Superintendent Brautigam resigns, replaced by James S. Lantz. P62
1969.05: College, Sixty men stage a sit in outside the Administration building opposing registration of approved off-campus housing. F656
1969.07: College, President Norris terminates relationship with Bay View summer school effective September 1, 1969. F621
1969.10: College, Students canvass the community to collect signatures supporting a moratorium of war activities. That evening 600 gathered for a candle light vigil. F657

School Board: 1969-70, Elkin R. Isaac, president, Lawrence Union, vice-president, Dr. Charles C. Williams, secretary, Henry Dixon, treasurer, Robert J. Geyer, Geraldine Johnson, Reta Stahl



1970.02.09: Plat registered, 32 lots, "Albion Urban Renewal Replat No. 1."
1970: Description of Albion.
1970: Amtrack passenger train service to community discontinued.
1970: Urban Renewal, Four individuals and three families relocated. O98
1970.05: Urban renewal program ordered to cease acquisition and rehabilitation activities. O115
1970.06.30: Urban renewal program scheduled for completion. Deadline not met. O114
1970.05: Urban Renewal, DUR director, Donald McMillan, mails letters to attract developers. O108
1970.09: Urban Renewal, Stylemaster Homes purchased 10 more properties. O107
1970.11: Urban Renewal, Twenty Grandview Height lots were sold to Lansing developers. O107
1970's: Schools, Population decline and transformation of school district.
1970s: Schools, Severe economic recession in Albion. High unemployment and tax revenues for the school greatly reduced, declining number of students. P62
1970s: Schools, Tradition of electing queen ended, since developed into racial conflict, students just elect court. P133
1970.01.12: Schools, Black players walk off AHS Basketball team, publish grievances in Recorder, basketball team all white for season. P132
1970: Schools, High School principal Max Matson has home shot at during period of unrest. P62
1970.03: Schools, Unrest at Albion High School, school closed. P133
1970.03.27: Schools, Superintendent Lantz resigns, replaced by Dr. Jack E. Meeder. P62
1970.12: Schools, Austin School closed permanently, administrative offices moved to third floor of Gardner School. P65
1970.04: College, 1200 students submit petition and proposal for open housing policy. F660
1970.04.11: College, Citizen's River Clean Up Committee organized crews to remove debris from the river. F658
1970.04.23: College, Dedication of the science complex. F637
1970.05: College, Men stage a sleep in at Wesley Hall, not leaving when required. F660
           Students set up tent city on the Quad. F661
           Another sit in at Wesley Hall, two students remained and suspended. F663
           Students march to Bellemont Manor protesting suspensions and policy. F663
           Trustees yield to student demands on open housing. F661
           Fire on Huron Street house used by the Psychology Dept. F663
           Fire on Erie Street house with Speech Department offices and equipment. F663
           Fire in South Hall where stage props were stored. F663
           Bomb scare empty Political Science Department offices. F663
           90 students and faculty volunteers organized to patrol the campus. F663
           President Norris appoints a ten person Long Range Planning Committee. F680
1970.07.18: College, Bernard T. Lomas appointed 12th president of Albion College.
1970.10: College, President Lomas invites the Norris's to a banquet in their honor. F671
1970.Fall: College, Faculty changes calendar to start one month earlier, and end by May. F674

1970.02.09 (1969.10.20): Albion Urban Renewal Replat No. 1, 32 lots
Signed; Victor S. Burstein, Mayor; Donald B. McMillan, Urban Renewal Director
Witness: Richard Day, Willard P. Coleman
School Board: 1970-71, Reta Stahl, president, Lawrence Union, vice-president, Dr. Charles C. Williams, secretary, Henry Dixon, treasurer, Geraldine Johnson, Vern C. Plassman, Jean Reichow

1971: Urban Renewal, Twenty-five parcels acquired and six families and five individuals relocated. O98
1971: Urban Renewal, Grandview property developed into single family homes. O90
1971.05.26: Urban Renewal, Grandview housing project opened for first residents. O93
1971.Fall: Urban Renewal, Lincolnshire Homes, 81 units, also completed. O91
1971.09: Schools, Ninth Grade moved from Gardner School to new senior high. P57
1971.01.18: College, Faculty pass proposal doing away with chapel services altogether. F675
1971.02.06: College, Inauguration of Dr. Bernard T. Lomas. F682
1971.04.05: College, President Lomas announce to the faculty a $75,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation. F687
1971.04.16: College, President and dean of students accept new housing plan from Student Senate. F698
1971: College, Last nominee for Albion College Masters Degree.
1971.10.22: College, Dedication Ceremony for Gerstacker International House. F639
1971.11.19: College, Faculty vote to accept a completely revamped set of core requirement. F681
1971.10: Starr, Farewell for Eleanor Langley as she moves from Ohio campus to Albion, Arlin Ness replace as director. F210
School Board: 1971-72, Reta Stahl, president, Lawrence Union, vice-president, Geraldine Johnson, secretary, Henry Dixon, treasurer, William J. Gilbert, Alfonso A. Magnotta, Jean Reichow

1972.03.21: Plat registered, 105 lots, "Albion Urban Renewal Replat No. 2."
1972.Summer: Urban Renewal, Oak Meadows, middle income public housing, opened. O97
1972: Urban Renewal, Sixteen families and seven individuals relocated, after renewal program draws to a close. O98
1972: Urban Renewal, City of Albion acquired the abandoned Gale Manufacturing foundry from the State of Michigan. O110
1972.09.30: Urban Renewal, West Central Urban Renewal project officially ended. O116
1972: Schools, Valedictorian and salutatorian commencement speeches cancelled after speakers would not allow school officials to censor. P60
1972.01.01: College, Drinking age lowered to 18 . F700
1972.10.03: College, Faculty vote to establish a Liberal Arts Program in Management. F685
1972.03.21 (1972.02.07): Albion Urban Renewal Replat No. 2, 105 lots
Signed; Victor S. Burstein, Mayor; Donald B. McMillan, Urban Renewal Director
Witness: Richard Day; D.L. Turnbull

No Additions to the City have been recorded since 1972

School Board: 1972-73, Reta Stahl, president, William J. Gilbert, vice-president, Lawrence Union, secretary, Alfonso A. Magnotta, treasurer, Marjorie Brooks, Carolyn Huvendick, Jean Reichow

1973: Albion named All-America city.
1973: Monument dedicated at Bournelis Park.
1973: Schools, AHS Boys Basketball integrated, team wins conference and regional tournament. P133
1973-1974: Schools, AHS Girls Basketball team started. P129
1973.10.15: College, Faculty votes against unionization with American Association of University Professors. F696
1973.05.01: Starr, Floyd Starr Day, tribute to Floyd Starr at St. Regis hotel. F255
1973: Downtown, NC Monument, Bournelis Park (1973). N. Superior and Cass.
School Board: 1973-74, William J. Gilbert, president, Jean Reichow, vice-president, Lawrence Union, secretary, Alfonso A. Magnotta, treasurer, Marjorie Brooks, Carolyn Huvendick, Jean R. Taylor


1974: College, Maintenance division of college modernized operations by construction of a physical plant building. F691
School Board: 1974-75, William J. Gilbert, president, Alfonso A. Magnotta, vice-president, Lawrence Union, secretary, Jean R. Taylor, treasurer, David C. Farley, Barbara Gladney, Carolyn Huvendick

 
1975: Corning Glass Works closes, 1000 jobs lost, 25% unemployment overnight.
1975.01: Schools, Time of unrest, Albion High School closed for two weeks. P62
1975.04: Schools, Unrest at Albion High School. P62
1975.06: School board votes not to renew contract of Superintendent Meeder. P62
1975.08.08: Schools, Meeder resigned August 8, 1975 to become superintendent in South Lyon. P62
1975.08.08: Schools, William Garrett acting superintendent until November 30, 1975. P62
1975.12.01: Schools, Acting superintendent Garrett, replaced by Dr. Garth Errington. P62
1975: College, Herrick Foundation provided funds for construction of the Herrick Center for Speech Communication and Theater. F689
1975.11: College, Plan to raise $16 million in capital gifts begun, named "The Best is Yet to Be." F693
1975: College, Students raise $250,000 for Project 250 leadership scholarships. F695
1975: Downtown, NC Statue, "American Molder" (1975). N. Superior and Michigan, southwest corner.

School Board: 1975-76, Lawrence Union, president, Jean R. Taylor, vice-president, Barbara Gladney, secretary, David C. Farley, treasurer, Edward C. Berg, William J. Gilbert, James C. Tuohy


1976: Lake Shore railroad passing through Albion torn up. P53
1976-1977: Schools, AHS Girls Cross Country team formed. P131
1976: College, Completion of Sprankle-Sprandle Stadium. F689

School Board: 1976-77, Lawrence Union, president, Jean R. Taylor, vice-president, Barbara Gladney, secretary, David C. Farley, treasurer, Edward C. Berg, William J. Gilbert, James C. Tuohy

1977.05.01: Schools, Retirement reception for North School principal Frances Caldwell, board voted to rename school in her honor. P49
1977: College, Full service bookstore built across from Seaton Hall on Cass St. Campus Safety and Health Center today. F691
1977.11: College, Students ask for drinking policy to be liberalized to permit drinking in public places. F701
1977.05: Starr, David Starr, adopted son of Floyd Starr dies. F258
School Board: 1977-78, Lawrence Union, president, David C. Farley, vice-president, Barbara Gladney, secretary, James C. Tuohy, treasurer, Edward C. Berg, Judith Elkin, William J. Gilbert


1978: Corning Glass Works factory purchased by Guardian Manufacturing, and converted to manufacture insulation. P46
1978: Schools, No yearbook published. P80
1978.08.01: Schools, Errington resign, J. David Meyers acting superintendent to September 24. P62
1978.09.05: Schools, Board awards three year superintendent contract to R. James Rynearson. P62
1978.09.25: Schools, Acting superintendent Meyers, replaced by R. James Rynearson. P62
1978: College, General Motors executive Roger B. Smith become chairman for $15 million campaign named Albion's Bridge to the Future. F693
1978: College, Dean Aquatic Center dedicated. F689
1978.04.06: College, First honors convocation in 15 years. F707
1978.11.07: College, Proposition D passes, to return drinking age in Michigan to 21. F701
1978.01: Starr Commonwealth Board of Trustees accepts merger with Hannah Neil Center in Columbus, Ohio. F263
1978.09: Starr, Larry Bendtro elected one-year term as president of National Association of Homes for Children. F270

School Board: 1978-79, David C. Farley, president, Barbara Gladney, vice-president, James C. Tuohy, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Edward C. Berg, Judith Elkin, replaced by Annalieda Brundage, William J. Gilbert


1979.11: Schools, To save money from $135,000 in millage failures and the loss of state revenues, school board laid off a number of teachers, custodians, and other personnel. P65
1979.02: College, Tuition increase of $452. F697
1979.02.16: College, Advance Enrollment Deposit of $125 to be paid before register for next semester. F698
1979.11: College, Student non-nuclear league founded. F699
1979: Starr, Hillside Commissary remodeled into apartments for visiting parents. F244

School Board: 1979-80, David C. Farley, president, Edward C. Berg, vice-president, Annalieda Brundage, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Rogert L. Caswell, Fred B. Cunningham, Barbara J. Gladney



1973-1990: Manufacturing employment decline from 4,104 in 1973 to 2,100. O134
1975-1985: Decline and closure of McGraw Edison and Brooks Foundry. O133
1980: McGraw Edison's electric company Albion plant closes. P40
1980.06: Schools, Rynearson resigns, Michael J.Bitar named superintendent. P69
1980.09: Schools, Crowell school closed for school year 1980-81 and 1981-82. P65
1980.06.06: Schools, Last issue of the Breeze high school paper. Final co-editors were Becky Kammer and Hilary Dick. P76
1980: College, Completion of the Seeley G. Mudd Learning Center. F689
1980.04: College, Sigma Chi charter retracted at an emergency meeting of the Sigma Chi National Executive Committee after a pledge was injured in the Riverside Cemetery. F702
1980.09: College, Sigma Nu's give serenade of vulgar songs behind the Wesley dormitory. F702
1980.11: College, The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was found guilty of six of nine charges filed against them for illegal activities. F702
1980.08.27: Starr, Floyd Starr dies in his sleep from complications of pelvic bone weeks earlier. F265
1980.09.07: Starr, Workers and students of Starr Commonwealth observe memorial service for Floyd Starr. F266
1980.09.14: Starr, Family, friends, and neighbors gather for memorial service to Floyd Starr. F266

School Board: 1980-81, Lawrence Union, president, Edward C. Berg, vice-president, Annalieda Brundage, secretary, Roger L. Caswell, treasurer, Price Burgess, Fred B. Cunningham, David C. Farley


1981: Homestead Bank built at 415 S. Superior.
1981: Schools, No yearbook published. P80
1981: College, Thomas Lloyd estate on Van Wert Road purchased by the trustees to become Briton Manor, the president's new home. F691
1981.06: Starr, Bendtro resigns, Arlin Ness named third president of Starr Commonwealth. F271
1981.07: Starr Commonwealth Albion campus placed on Michigan State Register of historic sites. F275
1981: Downtown, NC, 415 South Superior Street, Homestead Bank (1981).

School Board: 1981-82, Edward C. Berg, president, Roger L. Caswell, vice-president, Annalieda Brundage, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Price Burgess, Fred B. Cunningham, David C. Farley


1982: Union Steel Products sold by Eagle Pitcher Industries in 1982. P45
1982.06: Schools, Dalrymple School closed permanently. P65
1982.09: Schools, Crowell School reopened September 1982 to accommodate students from recently closed Dalrymple School. P65
1982: College Sunday initiated by Dean Wilbur Franklin. F679
1982.12: College, Task Force on the Impact of Fraternities established. F703
1982.12.03: College, Pleiad announces Lomas to retire August 1983. F708

School Board: 1982-83, Edward C. Berg, president, Roger L. Caswell, vice-president, Annalieda Brundage, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Price Burgess, Fred B. Cunningham, David C. Farley


1983: Schools, Debate team wins Class B state championship. P98
1983: College, Olin Hall built with support from the Olin Foundation and opened to students in the fall. F689
1983: College, Self-designed major becomes available to students. F681
1983.02.05: College, Goodrich Club held an open house to celebrate its 50th anniversary. F705
1983.04.08: College, Trustee chairman Carl A. Gerstacker announces Melvin L. Vulgamore to become president August 15, when Dr. Bernard T. Lomas becomes the college's first chancellor. F710 V
1983.09.30: College, Inauguration of President Vulgamore. F714
1983.10.08: College, President Lomas announces successful completion of Bridge to the Future campaign to Board of Trustees. F694

School Board: 1983-84, Edward C. Berg, president, Roger L. Caswell, vice-president, Annalieda Brundage, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Price Burgess, Ken Shamanek, David C. Farley


1984: Starr, Gladsome Cottage opened as "home gallery," displaying original Victorian era furniture and furnishings. F275

School Board: 1984-85, Edward C. Berg, president, Roger L. Caswell, vice-president, David C. Farley, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Price Burgess, Ken Shamanek, Ann Laskey
1985.08: Starr, $450,000 raised for remodeling of Newton Hall. F276
School Board: 1985-86, Edward C. Berg, president, Roger L. Caswell, vice-president, David C. Farley, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Price Burgess, Ken Shamanek, Joyce Spicer

1986: Albion depot reopened after extensive restoration. P50
1986: Schools, Debate team wins Class B state championship, with 310 points in finals, breaking a state record and Albion's own record by becoming one of the first schools to score 300 or more points at a state tournament. P98
1986: Starr, Arlin Ness named Executive Board member of the International Association of Workers for Troubled Children and Youth. F274
School Board: 1986-87, Edward C. Berg, president, Roger L. Caswell, vice-president, David C. Farley, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Price Burgess, Ken Shamanek, Joyce Spicer


1987: Hayes Albion Corporation (earlier Albion Malleable) became a division of Harvard Industries. P41
1987: Schools, Bitarresigns, Albert Meloynamed superintendent. P69
1987.03: Starr, Michigan Department of Social Services asks Starr to start office in Detroit. F279
1987.11: Starr, Wayne County Center on Joy Road began accepting referrals from the Department of Social Services. F280

School Board: 1987-88, Edward C. Berg, president, Roger L. Caswell, vice-president, David C. Farley, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Price Burgess, Ken Shamanek, Joyce Spicer

1988.05.09: Schools, Debate team wins Class B state championship in Ann Arbor. P98
1988: Starr, Diamond Jubilee Year of Starr Commonwealth. F1
1988.03.24: Starr, Michigan House passes Resolution No.678, honoring 75th Anniversary of Starr Commonwealth. Fvii
School Board: 1988-89, Edward C. Berg, president, Roger L. Caswell, vice-president, David C. Farley, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Price Burgess, Ken Shamanek, Joyce Spicer
1989
School Board: 1990-91, Edward C. Berg, president, Roger L. Caswell, vice-president, David C. Farley, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Price Burgess, Ken Shamanek, Joyce Spicer



1973-1990: Manufacturing employment declines from 4,104 in 1973 to 2,100. O134
1990-1991: Schools, AHS Basketball defeated in Class B Championship game. Milton Barnes, coach. P136
1990: Starr, Arlin Ness chairman of the 1990 XII World Congress of International Association of Workers for Troubled Children and Youth. F274

School Board: 1990-91, Edward C. Berg, president, Roger L. Caswell, vice-president, David C. Farley, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Price Burgess, Ken Shamanek, Joyce Spicer


1991: School board appoints Judy L. Dobbert superintendent of the schools. P69

City Council: Mayor, Jack McClure
Robert Thomas, Durene Brown, Guna Kommareddi, Ronald Gant, Gary Jackson, Nicholas Jacobs

School Board: 1991-92, Edward C. Berg, president, Price Burgess, vice-president, David C. Farley, secretary, Lawrence Union, treasurer, Kenneth Ponds, Joyce Spicer, Mark Tompkins


1992: Superior Street brick repaving completed.
1992: Downtown, NC Superior Street Brick Paving (1992).

1993


1994: College, Football team wins NCAA Division 3 National Championship under coach Pete Schmidt.

1996: East Cass Street Bridge reconstructed.
1996: Downtown, NC East Cass Street Bridge (1996).


1997: College, President begins college visioning process.


1998: Albion College President Peter T. Mitchell begins city visioning process.
1998: College, President Mitchell inaugurated as president, announces "Liberal Arts at Work."


1999.Spring: College announces "Liberal Arts at Play" initiative.
1999.06: Interactive Downtown Albion web site created.
1999: College, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority founded.
1999.Fall: College announces $7,000,000 in donation for construction of Ferguson Administration Building and Karro Student Village.
1999-2001: Isaac Kremer created the Albion Interactive History (AIH).

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