From Frank Passic, Albion Historian

900 S. Eaton St., Albion, MI 49224

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Here is a quick list of all the items, followed further down by descriptions.

Books by Frank Passic


Books by Other Albion Authors


Cemetery Tour Programs

1994 Tour. The Southern portion of the Cemetery
1995 Tour. The old section of the Cemetery
1996 Tour. An Ethnic Tour of Riverside Cemetery
1997 Tour. An Ethnic Tour of Riverside Cemetery, Part 2
1998 Tour. A Central Tour of Riverside Cemetery
1999 Tour. A Musicians Tour of Riverside Cemetery
2000 Tour. The Millennium Tour of Riverside Cemetery
2001 Tour. The German Hill Tour of Riverside Cemetery
2002 Tour. The Other Pioneers of Albion Tour
2003 Tour. The Flagholder Tour of Riverside Cemetery
2004 Tour. An Ethnic Tour of Riverside Cemetery, Part 3
2005 Tour. The Terrace View of Riverside Cemetery
2006 Tour. The Magnificent View Tour of Riverside Cemetery
2007 Tour. The Catholic Section Tour of Riverside Cemetery
2008 Tour. The Veterans Memorial Stage Tour of Riverside Cemetery
2009 Tour. The Checkerboard Tour of Riverside Cemetery

Local Genealogical Research Resources

Atlases and Maps

1830s Plat Map of Calhoun County with Commentary
Key to 1866 Bird's Eye View of Albion
1916 Calhoun County Atlas

Union Steel "Messenger" Magazine

1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, various monthly issues.

Here are the descriptions for each item:


(2009) 128-page soft cover coil-bound book features a variety of over 215 Albion postcards, photographs, and memorabilia. This pictorial covers over 150 years of Albion people, places, and events. The highlight of Albion in Review is the first-ever publishing of several historic “yard long” panoramic photographs of the 1920s, with individual identifications included. The Emancipation Day photograph from 1927 is an especially precious one. The group includes many of the original African-American men who were recruited to work at the Albion Malleable Iron Company during World War I, and their descendants. Most of those pictured in the group have been identified. Because of its historical significance, a portion of this photo is also featured on the cover of the book. The reader will appreciate the vertical placement of these panoramics in sections. The coil binding allows for easy open viewing throughout the book, and several large photos throughout the book have also been positioned vertically. Other panoramics presented are the World War I veteran’s photo (1919), the Hayes Wheel Company employees (1925), and the Gale Manufacturing Company employees (1926). Read more about it here, with an index. $25 + $5.00 postage and handling + $1.80 Michigan Sales Tax = $31.80. Outside of Michigan the total cost with shipping is $30.00.

A 128-page pictorial book focusing on the 1950s and 1960s in Albion. Cover art. (2007) This book is designed for the "baby boomer" generation which grew up during these special years when Albion was booming. "Growing Up in Albion" features over 240 photographs of people, places, and events, some of which were never published before. Many of the photographs come from original black and white negatives of the old Albion Evening Recorder newspaper. Chapter titles: Around Town; Businesses; Industries; Schools; Recreation and Sports. Read more about it here, with an index. $25 + $5 s & h + $1.80 Michigan sales tax for orders in Michigan for a total of $31.80. Out of state there is no tax and so the total is $30.00

A (2003) 128-page pictorial published by Arcadia Publishing. Cover art.This book features photographs from the personal archives of Albion Historian Frank Passic. “This is a people book, there are lots of group photographs of factory workers, officials, clubs, churches, and other organizations--all identified. Many family names will thus be represented in this book.” It has an index in Word format that you can have for free, available separately on the internet. The cost is $19.99 each plus $4.50 shipping and handling. Michigan residents please add 6% sales tax.

(1991). Hard cover, 263 pages. Cover art. A comprehensive history of our local school system, plus the rural country schools that were annexed to the Albion system. Contains over 250 photographs. Every graduate of Albion High School and the Adult Education through 1991 is listed in this book, including YOURS if you graduated! Numerous topics and themes are covered in this book, including the elementary schools, athletics (over 30 pages), faculty, publications, activities, and much more. Must reading for anyone who attended the Albion Public Schools. $20 plus $7 p & h.

(1993). Cover art. Founded in 1968, the Albion Civic [now Community] Foundation has funded numerous projects in the Albion area, which has enriched the lives of us all. Learn about its history, and read of some of the projects that it has funded. $7.00 plus $3.50 p & h.

(1998). Cover art. This 27-page booklet contains the historical text researched and written by the author which was submitted to the State of Michigan for nominating Riverside Cemetery as a State Historic Site. Did you know that over 20,000 persons are buried here? Learn about the original land owners, how the cemetery came to be, and famous people buried here. $10.00 plus $2.50 p & h.

(1990 revised 3rd edition). Soft cover booklet, 8 pages. Cover art. A great overview of our community's history. The cover depicts an 1869 map of Calhoun County. $1.50 plus 75¢ p & h.

Cemetery Tours

Albion Riverside Cemetery Tour in 2006

These tour booklets contain approximately 30-35 selected interment sites featured in this historian’s annual October tour of Albion's Riverside Cemetery. Learn of the famous, infamous, poor, rich, and interesting interments found here. Lots of "ordinary folks" have been featured in these tours. All portions of the Cemetery have been covered.

These tour programs have proved to be quite popular. Each contains a numbered map you can use to take the tour yourself. These especially make great inexpensive historical gifts.

Price for each tour booklet: $3.00 plus $2.00 p & h.

1994: Southern Section Tour
Covers the southern portion of the cemetery. Cover art. Notable interments included James "Deacon" McGuire, Albion’s major league baseball player; Senator Warren G. Hooper who was murdered in 1945 and subject of the book "Three Bullets Sealed His Lips," and Warren S. Kessler, founder of the Albion Malleable Iron Company.

1995: Old Section Tour
Covers the old section of the cemetery featuring Albion's pioneers, and also the big Riverside Mausoleum. Cover art. Find out about famous people who are buried in the "old grounds."

1996: An Ethnic Tour of Riverside Cemetery
An important tour featuring European immigrants, blacks, and other minorities. 13 pages. Cover art. Excellent for researchers.

1997: An Ethnic Tour of Riverside Cemetery, Part 2
Due to the overwhelming response of the 1996 tour, we again stroll through the southern sections of the cemetery and focus on ethnic nationalities buried here. 18 pages. Cover art. Anyone doing ethnic research about Albion needs copies of my 1996 and 1997 tours.

1998: A Central Tour of Riverside Cemetery
A walk through the "gully" and hilly area overlooking the Kalamazoo River millpond. Cover art. Includes David Duncan, the Albion Hermit.

1999: A Musicians Tour of Riverside Cemetery
Many of the persons remembered on this tour either were musicians, taught music, sang music, or wrote music. Cover art. Interesting theme.

2000: The Millennium Tour of Riverside Cemetery
Take this tour of the south end of Riverside Cemetery as we visit the graves of 30 different people whose interesting biographies are printed in this booklet. Cover art. Includes Albion’s most distinguished citizen, the Hon. Washington Gardner who served in Congress, also as Michigan’s Secretary of State, and national Commander-in-Chief of the G.A.R; several members of the Wochholz family clan who were quite prominent here in the early 20th century; Edgar Steele, the father of Alfred Steele who was CEO of Pepsi Cola and married to movie star Joan Crawford; and Charles Quigg from the "old west," who rode shotgun on a stagecoach at age 16.

2001: German Hill Tour of Riverside Cemetery
The German Hill Tour of Riverside Cemetery. Cover art. One of Albion's major historic ethnic groups are the Germans, and this special tour focuses on two dozen or so German families representative of the hundreds who settled here. Included in the tour program is a map showing the location of the little towns where many of our German families came from, and street listings showing where many German families settled in Albion.

2002: The Other Pioneers of Albion Tour of Riverside Cemetery
This tour focuses on other pioneers of Albion not covered in previous tours. Cover art. The tour area is located in the vicinity of the "Old Grounds." Included are the parents of Ezra Cornell; Frederick Erhardt, Albion's pioneer undertaker; and the Levi Wild family after whom Wild St. is named. 33 stops.

2003: The Flagholder Tour of Riverside Cemetery
18 pages long! Learn about the symbols, markings, and meanings of the numerous flagholders placed next to graves by fraternal, masonic, insurance, military and other organizations. Cover art. Lots of website references in this tour program, which is a reference source in itself!

2004: An Ethnic Tour of Riverside Cemetery, Part 3
This continues the theme of the 1996 and 1997 tours. Cover art. This tour took place in Section 129 in the far southeast corner of the cemetery. This Section contains burials segregated by race, religion, and age. An emphasis is given upon the African-American community which settled in Albion and are interred here. Of special interest is the complete listing by-number and name of every burial in the so-called “Colored” and “Eastern Orthodox” sections here. Those with tombstones are printed with bold print, while those without stones with regular print, meaning you’ll be able to determine the burial location of a person whether or not they have a tombstone. This tour booklet is worth that listing alone!

2005: The Terrace View of Riverside Cemetery
This tour covers the hilly section located to the left of the main entrance road, above the large letters "RIVERSIDE" on the side of the hill. Cover art. We visited the gravesites of such persons as: The inventor of the commercial bread slicing machine; an "Orphan Train" child; an early settler of Spring Arbor whose writings helped inspire the Falling Waters Park there; the grandson of the famous 18th century clergyman Rev. Jonathan Edwards; and, yes, Martha Stuart. The event was sponsored by the Albion Public Schools.

2006: The Magnificent View Tour of Riverside Cemetery
This year’s tour features selected interments found on the hill which overlooks the Kalamazoo River parallel to M-99. Cover art. Many of Albion’s Civil war soldiers are buried in this section of the cemetery. Of special interest will be a rare look inside the Munroe Mausoleum, built in 1876 by Dr. Stephen Munroe (1813-1890), who was instrumental in the development of the north end of Duck Lake. Also interred in the Mausoleum is the Doctor’s brother, James Monroe (1818-1899), who was Albion’s first industrialist, and who served as Mayor and Postmaster of Kalamazoo in the 1890s.

2007: The Catholic Section Tour of Riverside Cemetery
29 selected interments in this special section. The tour begins at the former fishpond located in the center of the cemetery. This landmark was transformed into a garden-like setting in 2005 as the Eagle Scout project of Nick Peltier of Troop 172. The tour will be the first official public event held at this new cemetery landmark. The Catholic Section is owned by the local St. John’s Catholic Church in Albion. The tour features the following persons in Albion’s history: Corporal Patrick Leo Hanlon (1894-1918), Daniel Connors (1865-1912), Leo Mollica (1898-1930), John Callahan (1864-1922), John Klimkiewicz (1883-1953), Frank Calvaruso (1889-1923), Anthony Caminita (1914-1915), Onofrio Imperiale (1881-1916), John Kurpinski (1914-2001), Sophia Skalski (1918-2005), John Kita (1888-1964), Mayor Daniel McAuliffe (1875-1964), Solomon M. Raftery (1867-1919), William Walsh (1836-1896), Charles X. Guyselman (1854-1920), Robert Cascarelli (1856-1932), Bernardo Paniccia (1891-1945), Vincenzo Bommarito (1863-1955), Francesco Domingo (1894-1966), Theodore Ivanski (1877-1956), Mike Kulikowski (Nikodemas Kulikauskas) (1890-1975), Frank Sibal (1915-1997), Lester Blaisdell (1888-1982), Harold Driscoll (1909-1997), Linda Kochinski (1947-1999), Howard Bradley (1906-1981), Vincas Simaskevicius (1920-1992), and Andry Jaskiw (1957-1999). Cover art.

2008: The Veterans Memorial Stage Tour of Riverside Cemetery.
Featuring: milk dealer Philip Humphrey, Baptist minister and organist Rev. Wesley Dissette, Civil War veteran Hurley Austin, murder victim Carrie Twa, optometrist Harvey Sweet, blind man Victor Coulson, Duck Lake boat office manager William Leonard, Concord auto dealer Dwight Landon, Sr., Albion Evening Recorder owner Jack Bedient, Albion Malleable Iron Company executive Raymond H. Gardner, Albion Mayor James Shanley, Albion jeweler Arthur Tuchtenhagen, Albion baker Edwin Mounteer, William Williams who has a sundial on his tombstone, Albion Malleable executive Gardner Lloyd, Albion Public Schools superintendent George Walkotten, Albion Malleable president Benjamin Brown, Albion College dean of women Audrey Wilder, Gale Mfg. Co. executive and model railroad enthusiast Kirke White Comstock, boat manufacturer Frank H. Darrow, druggist Floyd Parks, paint store owner George W. Caines, Albion industrialist Ralph Brooks, auto mechanic Paul Rabakon, furnace manufacturer Titus Russell, Albion mayor Josiah Bean, and candy/ice cream store owner George Mitchell.

2009: The Checkerboard Tour of Riverside Cemetery The following persons and gravesites are featured on this year’s tour: clothing merchant Charles Ashdown (1865-1930); farmer William Bliss (1842-1901); art teacher Sybil Robinson (1873-1944); and her famous reporter-photographer niece, Gwen Dew (1903-1993); Malleable foreman Ross Green (1880-1955); Albion’s first city treasurer Wellington Bidwell Crane (1847-1901); saloonist John Fox (1859-1929); postmaster Frank Irwin (1863-1947); and Saloonist Ernest Boldt (1874-1964); Waldenwoods Conference Center Director Donald Dearing (1894-1990) and his librarian wife Florence Baker (1895-1961); drowning victim Donald Richardson Dungey (1917-1922); pioneer Frederick Belcher (1824-1908); California gold rush success man James Peabody (1829-1903); landscaper Thomas Geal (1872-1937); German patriarch John Wochholz (1838-1903); Albion Recorder printer William Gleason (1855-1935); physician Dr. William Collins (1825-1902); Homestead Savings president L.J. Wolcott (1849-1931); Malleable 61-year employee Charles Kopp (1880-1960); Civil War veteran Willard Durkee (1845-1928); Albion College President Louis Ransom Fiske (1825-1901); and 1940s-1950s J.C. Penney store manager Donald White (1907-1956).

Resources for Albion Area Historical Research

Atlases and Maps

1830s Plat Map of Calhoun County with Commentary
Includes both the 1835-40 the 1844 maps. Cover art. By Frank Passic (1997). Want to know who the original land owner of your property was, or how it looked in the map in the late 1830s? Well, this book is for you. Soft cover, 27 pages. Arranged alphabetically by township, with commentary, and a copy of the original hand-written maps. $10.00 plus $3.50 p & h.

Key to 1866 Bird's Eye View of Albion
By Frank Passic (1993 reprint). Soft cover, 52 pages. Cover art. Want to find out who lived in your house in 1866? This book dissects Albion block by block, and house by house. It is highly illustrated, and makes an excellent reference source to accompany the actual art print. Here are six articles featuring the Bird's Eye View Map. $15.00 plus $3.50 p & h.

1916 Calhoun County Atlas
REPRINT of Map Portions (2004). Soft cover, comb binding, 8½ x 11 size. 62 pages. This was the last of the trilogy of big bound atlases of Calhoun County (1873, 1894, 1916). This plat map atlas is an excellent resource of the early 20th century! All the railroads are there, including the interurban tracks. Two years later the abandonment of many railroads began. This atlas also shows the Rural Free Delivery mail routes the carrier took each day! There are plat maps of each township showing the land owners and various features, and street maps of the communities. This atlas also gives the business names of the farms on the plat maps in addition to the owners, such as “Oak Grove Farm,” etc. $15.00 plus $3.50 p & h.


1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s. Read more about the Union Steel Messenger! This company magazine of Union Steel Products is filled with photographs of employees and their families in various actvities such as bowling, picnics, reunions, weddings, etc. Especially historic are those issues produced during World War II which contain numerous photographs of Albion soldiers/sailors around the world. A great resource! These are $5.00 each, plus $3.00 p & h plus 6% Michigan Sales Tax (sales tax on $8 is 48¢ for a total of $8.48) if sent to an address within Michigan. NOTE: If ordering between 2-20, postage and handling is just $5.00 total as the issues will be placed in 1 prioritiy mail envelope. I have the following issues available. If I have more than one I have the number listed in parentheses.

January, 1942 (mimeographed original)
October, 1942
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May, 1943 Army-Navy“E” Award, SPECIAL issue $10.00
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