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Civil War Medal of Honor Winner Lived in Farwell When I ran across this postcard of “The General” and it mentioned W.W. Brown from Farwell my interest was piqued. I had not heard his … more
Josiah Littlefield was president of the Portland Cement Company and George W. Graham, T.F. Bingham and William Fuller served as the board of directors and primary investors. The company was meant to … more
Every once in a while, a piece of history pops up that makes me stunningly happy that it exists. Recently, I purchased an unusual piece of Harrison history on an auction site. While coat checks … more
One of the earliest documents relating to Clare County history forms the Farwell City Company. It was formed in 1870 as a joint stock company by prominent businessmen Gurdon Corning, Lorenzo Curtis, … more
Menu cover from the Surrey House in Harrison from the early 1980s. The art is signed by local resident Thelma “Tem” Hubbell who was a popular commercial artist and beloved community … more
Often people ask for local history books and here is a great list of books to read if you are interested in Clare, Farwell, Harrison or Clare County history.   Harrison by Angela Kellogg and Cody Beemer (Arcadia Publishing, 2014) Michigan's Heartland by Forrest Meek Michigan Timber Battleground by Forrest Meek Ticket to Hell by  Roy … more
With great interest I’ve been following the finding and removal of the Thew Type O Steam Shovel from the bottom of the drained Wixom Lake near the Edenville dam. Not seen in 100 years, the … more
Clip from the front page of the Cleaver in 1945, one year before the Surrey House opened to the public and became a regional attraction. Northern Michigan and Harrison in particular saw a booming … more
Knowledge of local history can go a long way in finding and identifying photos.  I found this photo in an online auction several years ago.  more
The year was eighteen hundred and eighty-eight, and it was the early part of April. It had been a winter of deep snowfall, but a sudden rise in temperature and a warm southwest wind had first settled … more
We only have a handful of newspapers that are pre-1930 and I often wonder why that particular paper was kept.   more
As early as December of 1948 the Clare Sentinel and the Clare County Cleaver were reporting the development of Snowsnake Mountain by James D’Arcy, local real estate … more
A collection of three photos were recently shared with the Cleaver from the Welty Family, long time seasonal residents of Lake George.  At times old photos have no back story and we are left to … more
History often presents seemingly impossible to answer questions.  W. J., a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, visited the logging camp of Winfield Scott Gerrish in 1878 and his report was … more
It's been sixty years since John "Spikehorn" Meyer passed away in the Gladwin Nursing home.  He claimed to be in his 80 the last 30 years of his life and was 89 when he died on September 19, … more
Linen postcards from the  1930s and 1940s wa something I had largely overlooked in collecting and researching Clare County.  So many are available and at an expensive price they didn't seem … more
Clare County’s first township was not Grant, Sheridan, nor Surrey Township, it was Three Lakes Township.  According to Forrest Meek in Michigan’s Timber Battleground (1976) in “January of … more
Ernest Merrill may be the most photographed man in early Harrison history.  Viewing so many photos of Harrison it became easy to spot Ernest Merrill in each photograph.  The same jaunty … more
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