Frost, Ada E. CorSette, 1884
Ada E. CorSette was born in Olivet, Michigan, on December 20, 1884, to Charles and Martha Fink CorSette. She attended the Battle Creek area schools and operated a beauty parlor in the Post Building of that city before her marriage to Robert J. Frost, Jr. in 1921.
After the wedding, Ada moved to Albion. Robert took over the family shoe business in 1923 upon his father’s death, and Ada took over the store when Robert died in 1932. While operating the shoe store, she also raised their son, Robert J. Frost III. When she retired in 1954 and sold the business, Frost Shoes (in operation for 87 years) was Albion’s oldest retail establishment operated by the same family.
Ada was an avid stamp collector for over fifty years, beginning with a drawer at the shoe store where her husband stored stamps from packages delivered there. Assembling the stamps into albums became so interesting that she started collections for each of her four grandchildren. Ada also enjoyed collecting coins, arrowheads and baskets.
In addition to the Albion Stamp Club, Ada was also a member of the Albion Coin Club, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Albion Business and Professional Women’s Club, and in 1949 was secretary of the Merchant Association. She was also an award-winning creator of afghans.
Ada continued living in the Porter Street house built by her father-in-law in 1867. She regularly rented rooms to college students. After her death on September 18, 1984, at the age of 99, the house was sold. After a second selling, it was remodeled and briefly served as the Smith-White Bed and Breakfast.
Source: Albion Public Library, Local History Room
Sources: Files of Albion Recorder, Battle Creek Enquirer, Morning Star, in Albion Public Library, Local History Room
From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.