The Opera House That Colon Forgot

  The Opera House That Colon Forgot     From The Colon Express newspaper, July 13, 1950: “Surely this is a building of which all citizens of Colon may well be proud.” These words were penned 52 years ago by … Continue reading

Abbott’s 50th in 1987

Abbotts 50th Get Together 1987 by Frances Marshall & Karrell Fox When the news of an opening of a magic shop in Colon, Michigan reached Chicago in 1934, our people were surprised! Who could they sell to? Who could they … Continue reading

Abbott Employees Stage Show 1940

ABBOTT EMPLOYEES STAGE GREAT SHOW   From the Colon Express newspaper, November 14, 1940: “When more than two hundred men, women and children gathered at the Abbott Magic Theatre last Saturday night, they came to enjoy the first of a … Continue reading

Edgar Bergen Visits Colon

Mortimer Snerd Visits Colon Colon Express, September 16, 1948: “Abbott’s fifteenth annual Magic Get-Together closed on Saturday night, September 11th. Percy Abbott pulled a surprise the last night that will be long remembered by all the visiting magicians and the … Continue reading

The Hill Opera House is Built 1896

Ever heard of an elegant storeroom? HODGE PODGE Joe Ganger   In April of 1896 ground was broken to begin construction of the opera house located on State Street in Colon. In case you never heard of it, before the … Continue reading

Colon Township Liabrary Built

I May Not Make Much Money     Oliver B. Culver was a very prosperous farmer who lived 2 ½ miles east of Colon. In addition to general farming, he concentrated on melons and berries. He had acres of strawberries … Continue reading

Abbott’s Get-Together 1964, Watson

    The 1964 Abbott’s Get Together     From Abbott’s TOPS Magazine, October 1964; by Monk Watson: ”The big show is over, or was it the big shows … really I’m not back to normal yet, but I hope to … Continue reading

Abbott’s 1965 Get-Together, Crandall

Abbott’s Get-Together of 1965     From TOPS Magazine, October 1965, By Clarke Crandall (who continues his comeback aimed at TOPS Columnist Gene Gordon who had written that Crandall was a “frustrated” magician and TV Personality.): “The Abbott Get-Together shows … Continue reading

Abbott’s 1965 Get-Together

Abbott’s Get-Together of 1965     From TOPS Magazine, October 1965, By Clarke Crandall (who continues his comeback aimed at TOPS Columnist Gene Gordon who had written that Crandall was a “frustrated” magician and TV Personality.): “The Abbott Get-Together shows … Continue reading

Oliver B. Culver’s Will

From the Union City Newspaper OLIVER B. CULVER’S WILL   The Last Testament of This Wealthy Matteson Farmer is Read Mary and Oliver B. Culver Oliver B. Culver, the wealthy Matteson township farmer who died several weeks ago, was the … Continue reading