Meet the Editor:
Angela is a local historian, author, librarian and long-time Harrison resident. Raised south of Detroit, in the downriver area, Angela has called Harrison home since 1989. She is a graduate of Harrison High School. Angela Kellogg and her partner Barry Henry Jr. purchased the paper in May of 2017 from the Bucholz family. Their desire to keep the paper locally owned and operated motivated them into small business ownership. With the continuing support of the Bucholz family they are learning the ropes of the newspaper business, upgrading technology and moving the paper forward for what they hope is another 137 years!
Angela’s first passion is local history and genealogy. Her own genealogy or anyone else’s! She has co-authored two local history books (below) and is working on the third in conjunction with the Clare County Historical Society.
Angela also currently works part-time at the Harrison District Library. In addition to processing books and working the circulation desk she cares for the library’s historical collection. She particularly enjoys bringing items back to their home through donations, research, and purchase growing the historical collection.
The books are available at the Clare County Cleaver, Harrison District Library, Amazon and other retailers. $21.99
Image of America Harrison
Carved out of the wilderness seemingly overnight, Harrison had its beginnings with the coming of the railroad and its controversial new location as the seat of Clare County. Businessmen, a few families, and armies of lumberjacks soon gave Harrison a reputation as the toughest town in Michigan. More than 10 years of the lawless lumber era gave way to the beginnings of a peaceful village in 1891. The streams and lakes previously used for water, ice, and log hauling became attractive to tourists drawn by the slogan, "20 Lakes in 20 Minutes." The miles of railroad and narrow-gauge rails turned into roads and trails for the buggies and automobiles used by settlers and vacationers. While agriculture largely failed in the tree-stumped wilderness of the early 1900s, the village prevailed into a city representative of small-town American life.
Harrison residents’ new book sheds light on town’s past
(book review by the Morning Sun)
Image of America Farwell
Incorporated as the Farwell City Company by wealthy businessmen and nurtured by a few founding families, Farwell was a unique planned community in the wilderness of mid-Michigan. Farwell brought businessmen, lumberjacks, Civil War veterans, hopeful farmers, and other courageous pioneers due to its location at the convergence of a new state road and the railroad, with valuable virgin timber in all directions. Carefully platted and attracting many businesses, Farwell successfully transitioned from lumbering to agriculture as the pioneer days gave way to the new century. While many neighbors became ghost towns, Farwell continued to make additions to the village, open new schools, and create many social and cultural organizations. From its beginnings as a joint stock company and seat of Clare County to the present-day village, Farwell has endured, adapted, and succeeded at providing generations with a small town to proudly call home.