Charlie Howard image joins sign noting Santa School founder in Albion
ALBION – Last month a new sign went up on Route 98, noting Albion is the home of “Legendary Santa” Charles W. Howard, who started the world’s’ first Santa School. Howard ran the school in Albion from 1937 until his death in 1966.
The school still bears his name, but has been relocated to Midland, Mich. It is run by Tom and Holly Valent. (Click here for more information.)
The new sign received an addition today: a large cutout image of Howard from 1965. Terri Wood, co-owner of the Lonowood Art Company, created the image of Howard from a black-and-white photo, believed to be one of the last images of Howard wearing the Santa suit.
The image of Howard is a mounted digital print on aluminum with a plastic core.
The image of Howard is 6 feet, 2 inches. The sign is across from the Don Davis car dealership.
Howard is a revered figure in the Santa community. He was inducted in the Santa Claus Hall of Fame in 2010, part of the inaugural class. Click here for more information.
The Albion Betterment Committee paid for the new sign that is located on the property of Gil and Donna Wolcott.