Albion, Michigan in the Twentieth Century (Images of America Series) by Frank Passic, Fran Passic
The Albion Malleable Iron Company was the major influence in bringing hundreds of workers from eastern and southern Europe, and from southern U.S. states to Albion, Michigan, in the early 20th century. These workers established their families and lived their lives in this industrial town, which grew to become a true "melting pot" of ethnic diversity in the 20th century.
Albion in the 20th Century features more than 225 photographs from the personal collection of Albion historian Frank Passic, which chronologically show the changes in the community. The book focuses on everyday workers (including union officials and factory workers) and ball teams-plus "famous" people such as wildlife artist Lynn Bogue Hunt and writer-photographer Gwen Dew. Notable events chronicled include the capture of the Purple Gang car, the 1994 NCAA Division III Albion College Britons national football championship, and the Cardboard Classic sled race.
Frank Passic has been researching and writing about Albion history for over 25 years, and writes weekly Albion history columns in two local newspapers. He is the author of several books, including Albion's Banks and Bankers (published in 1985), Homestead Savings and the Builders of Albion (1989), A History of the Albion Public Schools (1991), History of Albion, Michigan (1991), and Celebrating 25 Years of the Albion Civic Foundation (1993).