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Albion's 'Santa' deserves a monument

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Carlo Klemm
Albion's 'Santa' deserves a monument

by Gary Kent - The Daily News

Apr 20, 2015

 

 

Excerpt:  There may be some who are unaware that Albion native, Charles Howard, established the world’s first Santa Claus School in Orleans County. Those who are aware of that piece of the past that belongs to us may not see it as such a big deal.

The genius of Albion’s Charles Howard may have been to realize how important Santa Claus could be in the development of children and how much it mattered that Santa be “done” right. The omniscient, loving and kind Father-figure in the red suit had to be convincing and the Santa “experience” indelible. Mr. Howard recognized how important a belief in Santa Claus could be to the growth of a child’s conscience. Santa had the capacity to reinforce the importance of good behavior in very young people.

 

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For the Albion Betterment Committee, honoring Charles Howard’s work and place in local history makes perfect sense. A generation of local residents took understandable pride in having known and worked with him. Residents such as Mary Dreisel and many others helped him realize his dream. Macy’s acknowledged his work and featured him in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for many years.

We, too, have every right to feel positive about what he adds to our sense of who we are.

The Albion Betterment Committee believes that a monument dedicated to the memory of this extraordinary — and nationally known — figure would be an entirely appropriate tribute to his vision. Such a statue would make it clear that we are about what he was about. The Santa Claus “world” has recognized the significance of Charles Howard and so should we.

 

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Ol Santa

Very well deserved indeed!

 

Ol' Santa

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PaulGHillier

As Santas, we are lucky to have a place like Albion, New York here in the northeast as an important Santa Claus heritage site dedicated to Charles W. Howard the man and his great works. A permanent statue is a perfectly fitting tribute. I support the idea 100%. :santa101:

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Santa Vern Crawford

Perhaps some of us in the ClausNet community could figure out a way to show our financial support toward the realization of a life-size bronze of CW Howard.  

 

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KKringle

I think that would be a wonderful idea. A man like Charles Howard deserves to be rewarded with an honor like this, though I feel he would be so humbled.

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Ol Santa

Right on there Santa Edson...

 

       ...Ol' Santa back again.   I for one, am certainly glad that you have taken the time and used your knowledge of the past to keep those of us who weren't able to go to Albion, NY. informed as to the goings on taking place there.

 

       I for one think that part of the recognition due Mr. Howard is the fact that formal Santa attire was not worn full time by those attending.   Somehow, I get the feeling that, that is the way he would have wanted it!

 

Ol' Santa 

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Elf Without Jingles

Sensible thoughts, Santa Edson. You as well, members of the Albion Betterment Committee. You have shown us that we have some very important standards that need to be upheld, no matter where we go. We strive each chance we get when it comes to wearing the suit to maintain those standards, yet at the same time, we need to remember this: There's a reason we took the Santa Claus Oath. We stand for Kindness, Friendship, Wisdom, Joy, and just plain old Magic! This ol' Elf Without Jingles can't put it any plainer than that.

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Santa Bruce Geron

I thought there was plans and a donor lined up for this project.

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Legendary Santa Claus

I thought there was plans and a donor lined up for this project.

There is...more later

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