1975-12-31; Clare Sentinel
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r i titf'u/ Cfje Clare Sentinel FIFTEEN CENTS SIXTEEN PAGES WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1975 OUR 96TH YEAR VOL.84 NO. 18 Okay Higher Train Speed At Rail Crossing in Clare CATTLE DRIVE - A sight you don't often see anymore are cattle being driven to a new location. Holiday motorists were startled last week to find themselves sharing US-10 west of Lake with a herd of cattle. The cattle were being driven west on the highway to a new spot. It was a bit tricky for motorists to ease their way through the cattle as they wandered from one side of the road to the other, Huge trucks especially had a difficult time. At last reports the cattle arrived safely and the motorists with nerves a bit upset also made tt to their destination even if it took quite a bit longer because of the cattle delay. (Clare Sentinel photos) White Man First Visited Clare In 1674; Hayes Settled First (Editor's note: The following story deals with the early history of the Clare area. The story was written by Forrest Meek who has written a ^history of the area which will appear in hard cover book form early in 1976) Although the first white man penetrated the woods of Clare County in 1*674, In all probability he was preceeded by an ancient Indian Civilization. Estimates of their era takes us backward chronologically al least „ two thousand years. Artifacts of the so called "Soper-Fraud" were excavated in Isabella, Gratiot and Crawford counties around 1900 and are claimed by some to be tacit proof of a vesy highly developed culture. Father Nouvel, a Jesuit priest spent the 1074 winter in what is now Midland. His journals indicate he came tip the Tittabawassec and Tobacco Rivers, visiting the Indian villages. His efforts in the Saginaw Valley resulted in a French community in the Saginaw - Bay City Valley during the French rule over Michigan of the lCSO's. The first settlers within Clare County were in all probability The Tim Ply settlement of Hayes Township. That era ended in death for ihe Ply family during 1831. No further evidence of this community exists other than the three tombstones of the Plys. Archie Wnn made the first claim under the Homestead Act in 1865. bat he never stayed on his Grant Township farm, although settlers in early Sheridan recalled the log cabin he built near the Clare Airport site. In all probability he moved his family towards a newer frontier m 1866, Joseph Bucher and James Loomis appear to be the next arrivals, followed closely by David P. Allen and William Crawford. Over in West Grant, Leonard Wilkins claimed land in 1867. Other farmers mostly Civil War Veterians and Canadians bought land in Grant ft Sheridan Township. During 1869. the farmers of Grant, Hatton, Hayes and Frost Territory organized Three Luke Township, and functioned as the first government within the county. Efforts by the Saginaw lumber crowd and Edmund Hall had this legal government set aside when they convinced the legislature to make Farwell the County seat, in 1870. Clare County was attached to Midland County which supervised the organizational efforts of Grant ft Sheridan Township the same year. The following year, Clare County was organized after an election was held in April in 1871 In .addition to the normal start up problems which every county faced, the Board of Supervisors became embroiled in a legal fight with Isabella, Midland and Mecosta Counties, to retain about $14t000. In tax revenues. After eight years of negotiation and law suits The Supreme Court of Michigan ruled against Clare County, and put the fledgling county deep in the financial abyes The highhanded shenanigans of the lumbering people alienated the farmers of the county. In 1877 some of these men and a suspected attorney or two alledgedly burnt down the Farwell Court House. The new county seat was relocated in the wilderness of Budd Lake during 1879. The Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad gave a block of land upon which still is located out County Capitol building. A temporary log cabin Courthouse was built by Reuben Smith, the land agent for the McEwans in Clare The he moved to Budd Lake Station and became the Postmaster for the new town which was renamed Harrison in October or 1879. The next year, Isaac Hanw finished the three thousand dollar courthouse. The Michigan Public Service Commission approved request from the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Co. to operate trains up to 30 miles per hour over the McEwan Street crossing in Clare. % Previous to (he order trains could not exceed 15 miles per hour over the crossing. There were no objections for the increase of the speed from either the city or any other groups. The grade crossing was inspected by a representative of the Commission, in company with representatives of the City of Clare, of the Michigan Department of S tate Highways and Transportation, and of the said Railway Company. The, Inspection was summarized in a Commission staff report and recommendations, with a copy of the report being provided to the participating parties. It has been recommended to this Commission, by the report, that the 15-mile-per-hotK* speed limit may be removed from only the main track, subject to the following conditions; ta) all railroad switching movements through the crossing be provided with flagging protection, as required in the said December 4,1926 Order, (b) no railroad cars or equipment are to be parked on either the most northerly or most southerly track of this crossing within 200 feet of either the east or west edges of the street pavement, except that such prohibition shall not apply to the elevator spur in the southeast quadrant, ■_ and <c) signs marking such 200-foot points and parking prohibition shall be installed adjacent to such points. Due notice of the recommendations has been provided to the parties Involved, with reasonable time allowed for filing objections thereto. No objections have been received by this Commission. In due consideration of this matter, it is the finding of this Commission that the interests of public safety and convenience will reasonably allow granting of the said request, as recommended hereinabove. It is therefore ordered that the December 4, 1926 Order, File No, 7077*89, of this Commission's predecessor, the former Michigan Public Utilities Commission, shall be, and is, hereby amended as File No. RR-3048, to delete therefrom the fifteen - (15)-mile-per- hour speed limit for railroad operations and movements on only the main track in the above-captioned grade crossing, and to permit train movements on that track at speeds up to and including thirty (30) miles per hour, subject to the following conditions; (1) all railroads switching-type movements entering, passing through, or approaching the subject crossing on either the most northerly or most southerly track therein shall be made at speeds not in excess of fifteen (15) miles per hour and under the protection of a railroad flagman as required on page 4 of the said December 4, 1926 Order, (2) all railroad movements on the main track shall be such as shall allow and require the activation and operation and control of the signal protection at this crossing within the operational specifications of S ection 8 of Act 270, of the Public Acts of 1921, as amended. (3) no railroad cars, trains, or equipment shall be parked or left standing on either the most southerly or most northerly tracks ih this crossing within two hundred t2Q0* feet of the east or west edge of the street pavement, excepting for the elevator spur track in the southeast quadrant of this crossing, and a sign reading "PARKING OR STANDING RAILROAD CARS. TRAINS AND- OR EQUIPMENT IS PROHIBITED BETWEEN* THIS SIGN AND NEAR- EST PAVEMENT EDGE McEWAN STREET" shall be promptly installed adjacent to the two hundred • '200!- foot points in each quadrant of this crossing. It is also ordered that the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company shall, when , the above-ordered provisions have been met. so certify the same by its affidavit to the Commission. Happy Mew lfear May your New Year dawn with joy and grow Jn peace and contentment. Gregory Kojfez Championship Skater 13 year old Skater Wins Gold Medals Gregory Kajfez, 13-year-old grandson of Mr. and Mrs. S recko Kajfez, of 108 W, S tate, Clare, Mi. and son of Neil Kajfez of Midland, Mi. defended his championship and won his third gold medal consecutively as a J uvenile, Intermediate and now as Novice Men Champion. Kajfez also won the Novice Men's bronzemedal at the Midwestern Figure Skating Championships in Denver, Colorado. That qualified him to compete in the National Novice Men's title during the National Championship to be held at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Jan, 7 thru 11. He is one of nine skaters in the United S tales who have earned the right to compete for this title. Greg is an eighth grade student at Northwood Prep in Lake Placid, New York where he trains under Gordon McKellen J r. who is a three times United S tates Men's Figure S kating Champion. Classroom Training Will Start Soon Counselors for COOR Intermediate S chool District have been interviewing and screening student participantsfor a Title I Classroom Training Program that is to begirt after the first of the year. Funds for the 30 week program are being administered by Region 7-B, Alanpower Consortium that includes the counties of Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, lusco, Isabella, Midland, Ogemaw and Roscommon. Programs to date, all Vocational Education, include auto mechanics, carpentry, accounting, construction business - management tt sales, general clerical, medical emergency technicians, food service technicians and mechanical technicians. To date 248 applicants have been interviewed with a potential 100 being approved for full time classes and Some 5*2part-time. Persons 18 years and older, unemployed, underemployed, veterans and disadvantaged can qualify for the educational program. As of last week, 18 applicants had been interviewed in Arenac county with four being approved for full-time classes and four part-time. Clare county had 31 applications with 1.3 approved for full time and two part--time. Gladwin had 24 applicants, four approved for full-time and two part-time. In Gratiot county, there were 28 applicants with 11 being approved for full-time classes and three for part-time. Midland had 46 applicants with 17 being approved for full-time classes and one part-time. There were 28 applicants in Isabella county with seven full-time and six part-time being approved. Iosco county had 19 applicants with two being approved for full-time classes ahd six part-time. In Ogemaw county, 11 applications were received with five approved for full-time classes and two part-time, Roscommon county had 33 applications with seven being approved for full-time and four part-time. Counselors Jim Cousineau, Jeff Mc- Gurk and Warren Maul indicated that more will be approved within the next two weeks. Participants may apply for the program through their local Department of Social Services, Vocational Rehabilitation program, County CETA Coordinator, Mid-Michigan Alliance, Human Development Commission, COOR Intermediate School District, Michigan Employment Security Commission, Cooperative Extension Service, school districts and similar adult education services. Funds for the program are made available through the Comprehensive Employment Training Act. COOR Intermediate School District will be responsible for the training program with tuition being paid for by CETA. Training a llowances, which may include incentive pay and travel, can be paid to participants that qualify. The classes, full or part-time, are designed to prepared people for tin- subsidized work in specific trades or other occupations. Participants may attend college or skill centers nearest their home, Region 7-B, Manpower Consortium maintains offices at Mid Michigan Community College, Harrison, The consortium is guided by an Advisory Council, presided over by Dr. Charles Corrigan, Director of Vocational Education at Mid Michigan Community College and a Board of Directors.
|Title||1975-12-31; Clare Sentinel|
|Publisher||R. G. & F. A. Jefferies|
|Description||An issue of a Clare, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Began publication in 1896. Previously known as Clare Sentinel and the Democrat-Press. In 1923, absorbed the Clare Courier.|
|Subject/Keywords||Clare (Mich.) - Newspapers; Clare County (Mich.) - Newspapers;|
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