Huntington Bank Albion Branch closes

The building at 207 S. Superior Street was the location of Huntington Bank, Albion branch that closed on January 8, 2019. Huntington Bank closed 31 locations in Michigan and Ohio due to the changing economy of online banking, ATM’s, and mobile banking apps.
This location and structure was not always a bank, and the bank was not always located here.


The local bank dates back to 1893, with the organization of the Commercial & Savings Bank. It was first located on the corner of E. Erie and S. Superior Streets, and moved to this location at 207 S. Superior St. in 1917. The Commercial & Savings Bank was merged with the Jackson City Bank & Trust Company in 1955, to form the City Bank & Trust Company. (source Place Promo see below)

Stone Mill (on far right) before being converted into a bank.
Source: James B. Field, Souvenir of the City of Albion, 1894.


In 1916, the 1845-built 3 ½ story landmark Jesse Crowell Stone (flour) Mill in downtown Albion was extensively reconstructed into the Commercial & Savings Bank, 207 S. Superior St. The latter opened on January 1, 1917. [Note: Today it is the Huntington Bank]. Local newspaper Albion Leader editor William B. Gildart (1848-1918) composed and published a poem as part of an “obituary”for the Mill. We are republishing it here. From our Historical Notebook this week we present an 1857 drawing of the Mill, shown on the left. The original Mill office (present-day site of Fedco) is on the right. (source Frank Passic on

We have no strange or mystic shrines,
No temples here moss-grown with age.
The new is old ere yet it lines
Are fairly traced on history’s page

Man rears a solid work of rock
He quarries from the native soil
A structure that should bear the shock
Of grinding Time’s relentless toil.

Within those gray, protecting walls
Man’s cunning craft is deftly plied.
His labor done; the master calls
Down the long race the pent-up tide.

That tide was but the living blood
Poured into artery and vein
Of iron, and stone and steel and wood,
Conceptions of master brain.

The purring wheels begin to turn;
The throb and hum of life begin;
A Fancy’s child has thus been born
To live and thrive within that din.

That din was heard through three score years;
Attractive was its whirring sound.
T’was music to the pioneers
Who settled in the country ‘round.

A city from a hamlet grew
The Stone Mill made the daily flour
Of toiling hundreds—they who do
And dare to be a city’s power.

But Time no temp’ring mercy knows;
His withering hand is over all;
All are but midgets ‘neath his blows,
And men and things before him fall.

‘Twas so with him whose fertile brain
Conceived the thought, the structure reared;
‘Twill be the same—O, sad refrain!
Now that his work has disappeared.

The Stone Mill, first a Fancy thought,
The mind of man containing.
Will be once more an airy naught
Fond Memory retaining.

HIstoric Plaque inside the entryway to the old Huntington Bank.

Once again we bid farewell to the business that occupied this building with fond memories.  We look forward to a new venture coming at this special Albion location.

Some information above (between the asterisks ***) contains a quote from “Place Promo.”

Isaac David Kremer, Albion Interactive History,, 2001-2011, [01-09-19]

Evening photo showing Bohm Theatre and new bricks

Albion’s brick streets shine with the marque of the newly renovated Bohm Theatre and the newly rebricked Superior Street.  This photo was taken on December 12, 2018, when the Capital City Brass band performed at the Bohm.  The show was sponsored by Jim Stuart, who is a member of the band, and the owner of Stirling Books and Brew.

This photo was taken by Jackie Masternak and used with her permission.

Bournelis Park, Corner of Superior and Cass Streets

Corner of Superior and Cass Streets, Albion Michigan

Bournelis Park, on the right of this photo, is located where Cass Street crosses Superior Street in Albion Michigan. This corner could be called the “center of Albion.”  West Cass Street runs to the left, and East Cass Street runs to the right.  North Superior Street runs to the top of the photo, and South Superior Street is below, out of sight.

You can see Kalamazoo River on the right, near Bournelis Park, and then it disappears on the left due to the fact that it runs under the brick street in the spot where the street is made of cement.  The river also runs under the Ludington Center, at 101 N. Superior Street, that was recently renovated by Albion College.


Pete Bournelis who owned Bournelis Shoe Repair, an Albion downtown business from sixty years ago, is the namesake of the little corner park.  The location is the site of a decorated tree in the Christmas season, and of community singing at both Fete de la Musique and Albion Aglow.

Superior Street was paved with asphalt bricks in 1903, and red bricks in 1910 and may be the longest continuously maintained brick street in Michigan, as it To learn more about the bricks, here is an article by Frank Passic:


Kent Davis took his photo was taken Dec. 14, 2017.

Sustaining Communities with Giving

As Albion continues its transformation, organizations such as Albion Community Foundation lead the way with opportunities to contribute to community-based investments.    The patient growth of the investments, grants and other contributions are contributing to Albion’s revitalization, including encouraging our young people to learn and be challenged.

To contribute to Albion Community Foundation, visit their giving page,

on #GivingTuesday or on any day.  You can also call them to learn more about giving in other ways.  Visit their website at

Learn more about #GivingTuesday by clicking here!

Giving Tuesday – 2018

We can volunteer, share our talents, and contribute financial resources to our community in many ways. Details of the Giving Issue photo art will be posted online including these topics:  #GivingTuesday

What is Giving Tuesday?

We know about

  • Black Friday
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Cyber Monday

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to the commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

But what is Giving Tuesday in Albion?  The Giving Tuesday woven heart logo is remodeled here with Albion events and opportunities that were made possible by gifts large and small.

General Guide – Issue XXXIII is the Giving Edition, which is sponsored by Albion Community Foundation.

The topics here are examples of programs that are helped with your donations.

Learn to Swim – Albion Recreation Department October 2018

A Community Celebration hosted by ARC

New York Public Theatre brings Sweat to Albion

Walk the Beat Albion 2018

Download the list of bands, the map, and see the google map here.
Learn about other music events in Albion. Click on the sidebar to see which band is playing where.

Here is a link to the map above that has the bands listed:

Here is a PRINTABLE MAP with the band locations with numbers that matches the next list of bands.

Here is a list of the Venues with numbers that match the map and shows the bands that are playing:

Here is a list of the bands that shows their locations by name

Here is the official website.

Here is the official Walk the Beat Albion Facebook page.

Here is the Albion College Homecoming page.

Stop by later to see photos of the event!