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Lane, Naomi, 1889
    Died February 14, 1974

Naomi Lane was born January 4, 1889, in Albion. She attended Albion schools and graduated from Albion High School in 1907. For the next twenty years, she worked as a clerk in the Bullen Department Store and at the gas company, and in the laboratory of Dr. W.L. Neil, a local dentist.

Twenty years after finishing high school, she attended Albion College for two years to qualify for library work. She had become interested in this when her younger sister, who later became a professional librarian, worked in the Albion Public Library. Naomi then worked as a librarian until her retirement. At that time, the photograph collection was named for her, and later her name was given to an Albion Public Library meeting room.

Watercolor painting was a lifelong hobby. She considered her first big gift as a child to be a good set of watercolors. She and her sister took long trips in the United States every summer, to New England, the Rockies, or to California, where their brother lived. She took photographs from which she later made paintings. She said she didn’t paint from life because the light changed so rapidly. Naomi had her own darkroom. Her friends received hand-colored Christmas cards from her and she also painted eggs in delicate hues and hand-made egg trees for the library at Easter. Many of her watercolors now hang in the Naomi Lane Room at the Albion Public Library.

Besides painting and travel, Naomi enjoyed listening to her record collection and cooking. She was also a long-time member of the E.L.T. Club. She died February 14, 1974.

Source: Albion Public Library, Local History Room

From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.

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