about the Purple Gang in Albion from AlbionMich.com:
Morning Star, December 8, 1996. Purple
Gang, Part I
Morning Star, December 15, 1996. Purple
Gang, Part II.
Albion Recorder, February 28, 2002. "Purple
Gang Car Seized Here in 1936."
Morning Star, November, 3, 1996. "Payoffs
in the Cloakroom," page 4.
Albion Recorder, March 28, 2002. "Parker
Inn a Prominent Landmark."
Gang" 12-20-02 Movie incident information here.
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clearinghouse for information about the Purple Gang. Read these entries
from the AlbionMich.com guestbook .
-- San Francisco, California
guestbook entry # 189
I was conducting a search
on Google about my grandfather, Sam bernstein, for whom I am named.
My grandmother's name was Lillian Bernstein. My father, Bert Bernstein
never spoke about my grandafather, only saying that he died of throat
cancer in about 1943-44. My grandmother only commented that Sam
Bernstein was a "generous man" and that they had met in
her father's jewelry store in New York City. My father only commented
that my grand father was a " chemist". My mother probably
got closer to the truth when she said he was very wealthy, had lost
a lot of money in the stockmarket crach and was involved in selling
I want to know if my grandparents are the ones mentioned on the
Albion website who were arrested On June 3, 1936, as participants
ofthe Purple Gang.
I may be reached at 415-421-3434 work number or by return email.
Wow! What a possible discovery!
December 25, 2002 12:12 AM
reply from Albion
Historian Frank Passic:
Hi, I saw your message on Albionmich.com. Sam Bernstein was part
Purple Gang in Detroit. The saga of the Purples is described in
"The Purple Gang, Organized Crim in Detroit 1910-1945"
by Paul R. Kavieff.
ISBN I-56980-147-9. Baaarracade Books, New York. 2000. The book
is still in
print and is available from Barnes and Noble. Bernsteins all over
Raymond Bernstein (brother of Sam) was the leader of the Purple
The father of Sam, Abe, Harry, Isadore, and Joe was Harry Bernstein.
1 of the book states, "It all began in1902 when a young shoemaker
Harry Bernstein arrived in Detroit with his wife and children. The
established a small shoe repair shop located at 401 Gratiot Avenue
city's lower east side, not far from Detroit's Jewish ghetto district.
Making a living was a challenging task for immigrants in those years.
Bernstein, a Polish Jew, moved with his family from Russia to the
section of Manhattan's Lower East side. The firs tyears in America
most difficult, one had to learn a new language and adapt to a new
The person arrested here as part of the raid was according to our
paper Sam STONE alias "Bernstein," However, the book calls
him Sam "Fatty"
Bernstein, indicating that it was indeed the brother of the Bernsteins.
Apparently the name Stone could have been a alias. The book doesn't
happened to him other than he was taken back to Detroit as a suspect
drug truck hijacking.
I hope this information has been of help. While in Albion in 1936,
Bernstein lived at 803 E. Cass St. with his wife, whose name is
Lillian Stone, age 29. Sam was age 30 at the time of the raid/arrrest.
--Frank Passic, Albion Historian.
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1944 Hooper election
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we have had several persons who have rose to prominence in not
only local, but also in state and national politics. None however,
gained such dubious notoriety as State Senator Warren G. Hooper
October 19, 1998
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