Rufus A. and Amy Smith Stoddard came from New York state in 1836, making the trip in an ox cart. Their destination was the present location of Albion but they failed to find the then sparsely settled community upon reaching here. As a result they proceeded to the present site of Marshall before realizing that the sought for place had been passed by and they immediately returned here.
Rufus A. Stoddard, Jr., father of George A. Stoddard, was born in 1841 in the house now occupied by Mrs.Mable Grover, 210 West Ash Street. Rufus’ father died when he was a boy of nine years and his mother, in 1893.
Like hundreds of other young men of his time Rufus Stoddard, Jr., enlisted in the Union Army in the Civil War. On August 20, 1861, he became a member of Company I of the Sixth Michigan Infantry andactively engaged in a number of the foremost battles of the war. He was discharged four years from the date of his enlistment August 20, 1865.
Shortly after the close of the war Mr. Stoddard was married to Miss Lucinda Gieger, who came to Michigan from Trumbull County, Ohio, with her parents when she wassixteen years old. They settled on a farm about seven and one-half miles northeast of Albion.
Four children, two sons and two daughters, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Stoddard, Jr.They were George A. Stoddard and Mrs. I.L. Allen, both resident of Albion, andMary A. Stoddard and Mrs. Fred Howard, now deceased. Rufus Stoddard, Jr. died in 1929, thirteen years after the death of his wife.
George A. Stoddard, Albion’s chief of police was appointed March 31, 1926. He succeeded his son, Clyde Stoddard, who became a sergeant in the Jackson police department. George A. Stoddard served a night patrolman in 1903, 1904, and 1905. Later he spent 20 years as a motorman on the interurban lines between Jackson and Kalamazoo, through Albion.
Source: Miriam Krenerick. Albion’s Milestones and Memories. Albion, MI: Art Craft Press. 1932.