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Albion apparitions share local history

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Annual Ghost Walk draws 500 to Mount Albion

Photos by Tom Rivers – Albion student William Pecorella portrays William Barlow, the man who designed the County Courthouse and numerous other distinctive local buildings.

Chey-Rain Eagle depicts Elizabeth Proctor, the third wife of John Proctor, who is considered the “Paul Revere of Gaines” for riding his horse and alerting residents all the way to Lewiston that the British were coming.

ALBION – Some prominent Albionites in business, politics and community affairs in the 19th Century returned Saturday during the annual Ghost Walk at Mount Albion Cemetery.

The Albion drama program told the stories of 15 Albion residents who are buried in the oldest part of the cemetery, which opened in 1843. Students dressed in period costume and portrayed some of the Albionites, including perhaps Albion’s most famous native son, the Honorable Sanford Church. He served as lieutenant governor, state comptroller and chief judge of the Court of Appeals.

Not all of the Albion residents on the Ghost Walk achieved great success and acclaim. Students featured two children – Jane Lavery and Lydia Harris – who perished in the Main Street bridge collapse on Sept. 28, 1859.

Alyssa Lawrence tells the story of Jane Lavery, who was 16 when she died in the bridge collapse in 1859.

Joe Madejski portrays Sanford Church, who rose to the highest levels of state government in the mid-1800s.