Historical Notebook

By Frank Passic

Frank Passic This is the web version of the writings of Frank Passic, including the weekly columns that appear in the Morning Star Shopper, Albion Recorder, The Mich-Matist, and other articles Mr. Passic has written in various publications about Albion history. Even the most casual of readers will find these articles educational, more than a little interesting, and often amusing.

An Albion native, Frank Passic is a 1971 graduate of Albion High School and has been writing Albion history articles since 1976.

Annual Riverside Cemetery Tour On a Sunday afternoon in October for many years Frank used to conduct a guided tour of Riverside Cemetery. Program guides for these tours are always available from Frank. He put quite a bit of time in organizing these tours, from selecting the graves to visit and gathering interesting facts, to inviting descendents and special guests that have the opportunity to share recollections and family lore, either by contributing to the special tour booklets or by appearing in person. He just does not have the time anymore.

NEWEST BOOK: Albion In Review. 128-page soft cover coil-bound book features a variety of over 215 Albion postcards, photographs, and memorabilia, including several panoramic group photographs of the 1920s. This pictorial covers over 150 years of Albion people, places, and events. Copies of the book are available from the author, or at the Albion Chamber of Commerce. Read more details and view the index on our special promotional page.

Growing Up in Albion is a 128-page pictorial book focusing on the 1950s and 1960s in Albion. 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.

Also Frank's book Albion in the 20th Century, published by Arcadia, has an internet based companion index. Be sure to take a look at all of Frank's Albion History Books And Calhoun County Resource Materials, as well as some numismatic items Frank has for sale.

He has an extensive collection of Albion history archives, including Riverside Cemetery records and obituaries, family surname files, genealogies, photographs, city directories, high school yearbooks, Calhoun county plat maps, history books and other materials which he uses to help people research their Albion roots. He is always looking for various materials to add to the collection.

Feel free to contact Frank with your questions or comments by way of the New Albion Michigan History Blog anytime, he enjoys finding out more about Albion History, and sharing it.

We present here some of his best writings. This material consists of reproductions of articles written by Frank Passic that originally appeared in various publications. They will be added to on an ongoing basis.

Albion Historical Notebook As seen in the Morning Star
Albion 100 Years Ago Published monthly in the Morning Star
From the Archives As seen in the Albion Recorder
Lithuanian Culture Articles from the Balzekas Lithuanian Museum Review and more
Subject List Articles arranged by topic
Albion Special Features Trail Access to Lime Lake Scuba Diving Site
The Kalamazoo River in Albion
Health Care Facilities in Albion
Around the World with Gwen Dew
Albion Bank Scandal
Numismatic Articles From various publications
Genealogical Articles Naturalization Records
Ship Passenger Arrival Records
US Census Records

Here is an index for most everything listed on this page. At this time it does not contain every name, but it does reveal some of the contents of this collection. If you have a specific name you are looking for, we suggest that you try typing the name into this special search engine.

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  The Albion Historical Notebook is sponsored by Robin B. James
 in loving memory of his parents, 
Coy Hilton James and Aurelia DeBuchananne James.

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