Local & Family History

Cascarelli’s long legacy of service to the community had its humble beginnings with bananas, fruits vegetables and peanuts from an Italian immigrant who came to Albion to make a living.

Robert Cascarelli operated his fruit store in the far north end store in the Parker- Kessler block (old Knuth furniture store) at 109 N. Superior Street, where his family lived in the back.

In March 1908, Albion experienced the worst flood in its history, on Saturday March 7, 1908 the flood waters collapsed Cascarelli’s store and residence. Robert and his family made a quick get away as the building and all their belongings fell into the river. One of the most missed items was the original Cascarelli peanut roaster. (In the 1960’s this peanut roaster was found and returned to the Cascarelli family.)

Read more about the history of Cascarelli’s on the About Us page.

Louie Cascarelli

Standing on the right, behind the bar, is Louie Cascarelli, the second generation owner of Cascarelli’s of Albion.  We can guess that the date of this photo is November 30, 1942, by reading the headline of the newspaper on the … Continue reading