Historians Gather To Hear About Cemeteries, View Museum Displays

October 9, 2019

Some veteran collectors relax while discussing a display of Doddle Bug’s.
A pair of 1930’s era Fords complete with rumble seats got a great deal of attention. The ’31 on the left came from Alaska.
An exhibitor works to fire up one of his hit or miss motors.
A history buff catches some of the action on older style video camera.
Spinning wool into thread was no easy task 100 years ago.
A tractor-hauling riders from a hayride passes over Dover School and a couple of 1930’s Era Fords.
Youngsters check out an exhibit of working model vintage motor and engine display.
Old Time Music and singing was once again popular with visitors.
An Exhibitor discusses the operation his engine with a visitor photo right above this caption.

By Steve Landon

Beautiful summer like weather with a hint of fall in the air greeted visitors to the Clare County Historical Society Museum last Saturday for their annual “Old Fashion Day” to officially close out the museums 2019 season.

Held on the grounds of the 1876 Dover School and museum complex the event featured old fashion music, antique vehicles, and hayrides as well interesting exhibits, food, an ever-popular working blacksmith shop, old time working engine displays, museum tours and more. A fire truck displayed by Clare Fire Department drew the attention of many youngsters who study ever inch of the big red and white rig dreaming of someday being firemen.

Guest speaker Mandy Kramer a CMU Doctorial Candidate discussed her work with ground penetrating sonar to locate graves at Clare County Poorhouse and Garrity Cemeteries.

In addition to “Old Fashion Day” 2019 was a pretty busy year for the historical society. In August the museum hosted “Spikehorn Days” to remember businessman and naturalist John E. “Spikehorn” Meyer. In the 1930’s Meyer built a “Bear Den and Deer Park” south of Harrison at the intersection of M-61 East and Historic U.S. 27. A popular stop for visitors heading north it operated until the early 1970’s

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