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Emily Jewel Clark School Building, 1936
 
    

Despite brave words and heroic efforts, progress on the project went slowly. After all, many donors had made recent gifts for the manual arts building, and there were limits to generosity in the depth of the Depression. Even so, by October the debris from the fire was cleared, a new foundation was laid at the same site and a slender framework erected. Unfortunately for the budget, a large expenditure then became necessary to enclose the bare skeleton before winter set in.

To his chagrin, the commonwealth had had to accept a $30,000 insurance settlement as compensation for a $60,000 facility, and alreadymost of that had been expended. Again it was a hard climb up a familiar path. “There still is a large deficit before we can complete the building,” he admitted in late 1936, “despite a gift fromBernard MacFadden of New York.” That November, J. Clifford Smith, an Albion College classmateand fraternity brother, initiated a Good Will Drive in the Albion community to raise another $5,000. “I feel strongly that the people of Albion should give more active financial and moral support to this local project,” he declared. “I sometimes feel that we are too close to it to appreciate fully the significance of its service.”

Together they were able to raise the funds needed to complete the building.

Source: Keith Fennimore. Faith Made Visible: The History of Floyd Starr and His School. Albion, Michigan: Starr Commonwealth. 1988.

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