Albion Blog

This page is where you can see the most recent posts. At the bottom of this page you can find all of the posts about each of the categories.

Albion Michigan continues to go through many changes. This website offers content on this page AlbionMich.net, and also now offers history by Frank Passic, and news from The Recorder newspaper.

Our goal is to support local businesses, educational institution, and local news sources.  See news from local restaurants who are offering carryout food during the rapidly developing Coronavirus crisis.  See the local news page with official news sources streaming, and also a page that relate to the Coronavirus news from Michigan.  See the Index of Albion Websites, where we link to official and community websites.

We look forward to seeing everyone in person, and wish the best to people now, wherever they are.  Below, we share some current posts, including a new directory of Albion Churches Online .


CALHOUN COUNTY - W.E. Upjohn Institute Forecasts 2020 Foreshadowing Virus Impact

CALHOUN COUNTY – W.E. Upjohn Institute Forecasts 2020 Foreshadowing Virus Impact

By Maggie LaNoue Contributing Writer March 12, 2020 Jim Robey, Upjohn Institute The keynote speaker for Albion's 2020 Economic Forecast was Jim Robey, Ph.D., ...
Union Steel to come down, some Union Steel cats saved

Union Steel to come down, some Union Steel cats saved

By Sylvia BenavidezContributing Writer March 5, 2020 Union Steel a couple of days before preparations to tear the building down begins. “The Land Bank wants ...
Downtown Albion March 16, 2020

Downtown Albion March 16, 2020

Albion gears up for the latest challenge, this one is world wide.  Michigan restaurants are now carry out only, schools are closed, and the ...
EXTRAS - Albion 2020 Economic Forecast Featuring Jim Robey, Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute

EXTRAS – Albion 2020 Economic Forecast Featuring Jim Robey, Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, the Albion Economic Development Corporation hosted Albion's 2020 Economic Forecast at the Marriott Courtyard in downtown Albion. About 125 ...
Depression Era Parade  - by Frank Passic

Depression Era Parade – by Frank Passic

Morning Star, June 28, 1994, pg 17 Following the stock market crash in 1929, major financial reverses occurred in this country. There were bank ...
UNION STEEL ARMY-NAVY “E” AWARD  - by Frank Passic

UNION STEEL ARMY-NAVY “E” AWARD – by Frank Passic

Massive Army-Navy “E” Excellence Award Presentation Ceremony Wednesday, May 5, 1943 Morning Star, November 23, 1997, pg. 12 It certainly was good news to ...
The Merger  - by Frank Passic

The Merger – by Frank Passic

Morning Star, June 30, 2002, pg. 16 With the recent shocking and historically pivotal announcement of the closing of Harvard Industries/Hayes-Albion, the year 2002 ...
A UNION STEEL PRODUCTS SALUTE TO VETERANS - by Frank Passic

A UNION STEEL PRODUCTS SALUTE TO VETERANS – by Frank Passic

Morning Star, November 4, 2007, pg. 18 With next Sunday, November 11 being Veteran’s Day, we are reminded of the dwindling number of World ...
FROM BOMBS TO FLOWERS  - by Frank Passic

FROM BOMBS TO FLOWERS – by Frank Passic

Morning Star, October 3, 2014, pg. 22 If you read this article before Sunday afternoon, be sure and come to my annual guided tour ...
UNION STEEL INDEX  - including stories by Frank Passic

UNION STEEL INDEX – including stories by Frank Passic

Union Steel was the world’s largest manufacturer of oven and broiler pan shelves More articles that mention Frank Passic from this website. See much ...
Bohm Theatre opening Christmas Day 1929

Bohm Theatre opening Christmas Day 1929

Albion Evening Recorder, December 26, 1929 With the opening Christmas day of the Bohm Theatre, located on the east side of South Superior street ...
Citizens to Beautify Albion

Citizens to Beautify Albion

Flower Planting needs helpers! Saturday, May 25 2019. Click here for the info for the location to pick up flowers and directions to plant ...
CALLING ALL BOHM VOLUNTEERS

CALLING ALL BOHM VOLUNTEERS

CALLING ALL BOHM VOLUNTEERS The Friends of the Bohm Theater needs your help. We are calling on Friends of the Bohm to participate as ...
Albion & Marshall celebrate the art of winter

Albion & Marshall celebrate the art of winter

By Sylvia BenavidezContributing Writer February 6, 2020 Six-year-old Emerick's dark blue cardboard shark sled won first place while nine-year-old Vivian's purple sled with delicate trim ...
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Responds to Mental Health Needs of Albion

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Responds to Mental Health Needs of Albion

By Sylvia BenavidezContributing Writer January 30, 2020 Calhoun County Commissioner, 7th District, Gary Tompkins, State Senator Dr. John Bizon, and Dr. Michelle Kachman, M.D. of ...
Friends of Albion's Animals Build Cat Shelters for the Community

Friends of Albion’s Animals Build Cat Shelters for the Community

By Sylvia BenavidezContributing Writer January 30, 2020 Fred, one of many adoptable cats available from the Friends of Albion's Animals Feral and outdoor cats have ...
Starr Commonwealth 100 Year Anniversary - by Frank Passic

Starr Commonwealth 100 Year Anniversary – by Frank Passic

Morning Star, February 24, 2012, pg. 16One of Albion’s most revered institutions will be celebrating a very big anniversary later this year. It was ...
The Pagoda (Little Red Lunch Box) - by Frank Passic

The Pagoda (Little Red Lunch Box) – by Frank Passic

Morning Star, February 17, 2002, pg. 11 There’s a business in town that is 75 years old this year and doesn’t know it yet ...
Citizens to Beautify Albion celebrates its 35th anniversary

Citizens to Beautify Albion celebrates its 35th anniversary

By MICHELLE MUELLER Contributing Writer ©The Recorder February 20, 2020 Citizens to Beautify Albion is a grassroots non-profit organization founded by Richard and Elverta ...
December Snapshots Gallery

December Snapshots Gallery

The Albion Aglow Parade often takes place on the first Friday in December. The week before has fun events, including one to support small ...
Gwen Tabb

Cozy Up with Art 2019

Cozy Up with Art is an Albion tradition that began in 2003 as an event to spend time with friends and neighbors.   Albion Heritage ...
Starr CEO Elizabeth Carey honored with first Dr. Sheryl Mitchell Servant Leadership Award

Starr CEO Elizabeth Carey honored with first Dr. Sheryl Mitchell Servant Leadership Award

By MICHELLE MUELLER Contributing Writer ©The Recorder February 13, 2020 This is the story of two awesome women with strong ties to the Albion ...
Forks Senior Center activities will help keep older community members busy this winter

Forks Senior Center activities will help keep older community members busy this winter

  By MICHELLE MUELLER Contributing Writer ©The Recorder January 16, 2020 During the chilly first three months of 2020, some special activities that may ...
E-ntroductions

E-ntroductions

Upon returning from Albion, I resume walking in the Bronx with the intention of finding a place in its day-to-day, again, within my already ...
Albion’s Suicide Prevention Coalition begins its work

Albion’s Suicide Prevention Coalition begins its work

  By MICHELLE MUELLER Contributing Writer ©The Recorder January 16, 2020 In October 2019, a trio of Albion non-profit groups - the Albion Community ...
A poem about Albion by Robert Holland, Jr. changes history

A poem about Albion by Robert Holland, Jr. changes history

Albion’s segregated ice cream parlor was immortalized in a poem by native son Robert Holland, Jr.Black History Month Series 2015: Part 3By MICHELLE MUELLERContributing ...
1901 GEORGE DEAN SIDEWALKS  - by Frank Passic

1901 GEORGE DEAN SIDEWALKS – by Frank Passic

G. E. DEAN 1901 Sidewalk Stamp Morning Star, June 14, 1998, pg. 2 I’d like to add an historical footnote to my article on ...
UNION STEEL ORIGINALLY LOCATED JUST WEST OF DOWNTOWN ALBION  - by Frank Passic

UNION STEEL ORIGINALLY LOCATED JUST WEST OF DOWNTOWN ALBION – by Frank Passic

First Albion Union Steel Location in 1905 Albion Recorder, November 17, 1997, pg. 4-A The recent announcement that the City of Albion will be ...
Leading Albion’s United Methodist Church Despite an Uncertain Future

Leading Albion’s United Methodist Church Despite an Uncertain Future

Leading Albion’s United Methodist Church Despite an Uncertain Future By SYLVIA BENAVIDEZ Contributing Writer For Pastor Leslee Fritz the needs of her congregation and ...
Purple Gang - Part 2 - by Frank Passic

Purple Gang – Part 2 – by Frank Passic

THE PURPLE GANG, PART 2 Morning Star, December 15, 1996, pg. 21 (Continued from December 8, 1996). The Fleishers also rented an auto stall ...
A MHS report card: trying to change the future by broadening Black History curriculum 2018

A MHS report card: trying to change the future by broadening Black History curriculum 2018

Black History Month Series: Part 2 By MICHELLE MUELLER Contributing Writer ©The Recorder February, 2018 The year 2013 was a pivotal one for Marshall ...
Albion Receives Trail Grant from Marshall Community Foundation

Albion Receives Trail Grant from Marshall Community Foundation

By Mark Lelle, Calhoun County Trailway Alliance Contributing Writer December 5, 2019 The City of Albion has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the ...
MLK Jr. Convocation brings messages of history, hope, and celebration to Albion

MLK Jr. Convocation brings messages of history, hope, and celebration to Albion

By MICHELLE MUELLER Contributing Writer ©The Recorder January 30, 2020 Members of both the Albion College and city of Albion communities came together Tuesday ...
Homestead Savings Bank Historical Profile

Homestead Savings Bank Historical Profile

Company Stats Date Founded: August 14, 1889 Original Name: Homestead Loan and Building Association Nature of Original Business: Banking Nature of Business Today: Banking Owners and Locations: After seven ...
Celebrating Albion’s preserver of its African-American history

Celebrating Albion’s preserver of its African-American history

Black History Month Series: Part 1 By MICHELLE MUELLER Contributing Writer ©The Recorder February 6, 2015 During his almost 30-year teaching career at Albion ...
Albion Coca-Cola mural to be Restored in Spring 2020

Albion Coca-Cola mural to be Restored in Spring 2020

By LINDA KOLMODIN Contributing Writer November 27, 2019 Architectural conservation is the process through which the material, historical and design integrity of any structure ...
Beverly Cunningham at Falling Waters Park dedication 1994

FALLING WATERS PARK (Spring Arbor)

Beverly Cunningham at Falling Waters Park dedication 1994 From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of Beverly Cunningham, standing next to ...
Becky Cunningham Friend of Falling Waters

A Friend of Falling Waters Historic Park

This In Memoriam is published by The Recorder online, in part, due to its regional interest, and also due to some of the details ...
Adam Crosswhite Marshall Michigan

Escape to Canada – 1863

January 26, 1847—was probably the most eventful day in the history of Marshall, Michigan. On that day in 1847, Michigan had become a state ...
Purple Gang Walking Tour

Purple Gang Walking Tour

From wikipedia: Founded 1920s Founding location Detroit, Michigan, United States Years active 1910s − 1932 Territory Detroit Criminal activities Murder, extortion, theft, armed robbery, ...
Purple Gang - Part 1 - by Frank Passic

Purple Gang – Part 1 – by Frank Passic

THE PURPLE GANG, PART I Morning Star, December 8, 1996, pg. 21 This is my long-awaited and overdue article(s) about the infamous Purple Gang ...
Presbyterian Church Albion, 2011

Albion Area Church Directory

Albion is blessed with having many options for places to worship.  The Recorder has offered a church directory for decades.  We are now beginning ...
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Caminata – a three-month pilgrimage

Below -  a gallery of Albion's material culture that gathered, catalogued and displayed at the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center at Albion College. Caminata, a ...
UNION STEEL PRODUCTS SITE - by Frank Passic

UNION STEEL PRODUCTS SITE – by Frank Passic

Union Steel, Huron Street Location Morning Star, March 10, 2002, pg. 19 It was good to see the big turnout on February 26 by ...
Labor Day Albion 2019 - Walk the Trail

Labor Day Albion Walk the Trail – Albion Michigan 2019

It was a beautiful day in Albion on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019. The walkers gathered at the Victory Park Bandshell to pose ...
General Guide 2020 - 35th Issue - Annual Edition

General Guide 2020 – 35th Issue – Annual Edition

Welcome to General Guide 2020, our 35th issue.   This annual edition was delivered in the Morning Star shopper newspaper to homes in Albion the ...
The Bohm will be 90 years old on Christmas Day

The Bohm will be 90 years old on Christmas Day

By Mary Slater Contributing Writer ©The Recorder December 19, 2019 George Bohm first opened his new theatre on Superior Street on Christmas Day 1929 ...
It all happens so fast

It all happens so fast

Three months seem just like last week, and yesterday appears to be like an hour ago. But that is all in Chronos time, where ...