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As promised, please enjoy vintage photographs of the 5th Infantry Division’s visit to Albion, Indiana in August 1941.

On August 25, 1941, portions of the U.S. Army’s 5th Infantry Division, approximately 5,500 soldiers and 700 vehicles, graced the streets of Albion, Indiana.  En route from Camp Custer, Michigan to Pine Bluff, Arkansas for maneuvers, the group bivouacked for one day and one night in and around town. The Albion New Era described the [...]

Thanksgiving – 2010

November 25, 2010

Loosen the belt another notch–it’s Thanksgiving Day.  Although our public schools and a politically correct society continue to distance Thanksgiving from images of Indians and Pilgrims sharing a plate, the History Junkie will not.  Like it or not, Thanksgiving can be traced back to Plymouth Colony and the Harvest Celebration of 1621.  Perhaps after lunch, [...]

As the History Junkie readies to settle in for another Thanksgiving Day of overeating and a Lions loss, the combination brought to mind the relationship between sports stars, holidays and our troops. Over the years, our nation’s professional athletes have been very good about visiting our servicemen and women overseas, often in war zones, typically [...]

Yesterday, the History Junkie brought you the story of Adam Hoffman and the Gold Brick Scam of 1890.  Now let’s fast forward seven years later to October 1897. If you remember, Adam Hoffman was a wealthy local, Albion, Indiana, merchant.  He also owned several farms on which he rented tenant housing.  One such renter was [...]

Gold Brick Scam of Yesteryear

November 22, 2010

A few weeks back, the History Junkie watched a piece on “60 Minutes” about our elderly being scammed from phone banks in Costa Rica.  What?  Seriously?  Has it really come to this?  So sad to see that our modern “confidence men” rely, almost exclusively, on the low hanging fruit.  Not only do they target grandma, [...]

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