City of Clinton

Lenawee Co MI





Clinton, MI (Bird's Eye View of Chicago Street, Looking West) (1913) - Contributed by Paul Petosky


THE BIG SLEIGH::
In 1916 some of the students of the Classes of 1916 and 1915 entered a contest for historical articles. The papers of Howard Parker ('16) and Miss Marie Neblo ('17) were published in the April 27, 1916, issue of The Clinton Local. We quote from Miss Neblo's (now Mrs. Marie Riebe of Adrlan) contribution in the contest. "In the winter of 1837, the people felt they had worked very hard clearing their lands and building their homes. They thought they would go somewhere to have a good time. Some of the men got together and made a very long slelgh. They carpeted it inside and out. Citizens were invited to go for a slslgh ride to Ypsllanti (some say Ann Arbor). The sleigh was drawn by 20 or 24 horses, and each horse had a boy rider dressed in a red suit. The people had a very good time. The next afternoon all of the children of the village had a sleigh ride to Tecumseh." In Howard Parker' account, the sleigh was 40 feat long with a driver's seat 9 feet high and built at a cost of $450.00. Clinton had a band in 1836 and the band went along on the 1837 sleigh ride. (Historical buildings, legends, some data of Clinton, Michigan / [compiled by Lawrence M. and Ruth I. (Fiske) Bailey]. by Bailey, Lawrence McK, 1897- Bailey, Ruth Irene Fiske, 1897- Published 1963)



Clinton, MI (Lake Shore Depot) (1910) - Contributed by Paul Petosky

The first rail tracks consisted of wood rails lined with iron strips. The line was built between 1827 and 1837. It is said that it was completed in 1653. The road was known as the L. S. & M. S. (The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern). Later, it became the Michigan Central and still later a branch line of the New York Central. At one time there were at least three passenger trains each way daily and several freight trains. Mail sacks were transported to and from the depot by push cart. It is said that at one time a hack carried passengers from the depot to the hotel. A Mr. Wolf was stationmaster for several years. (Historical buildings, legends, some data of Clinton, Michigan / [compiled by Lawrence M. and Ruth I. (Fiske) Bailey]. by Bailey, Lawrence McK, 1897- Bailey, Ruth Irene Fiske, 1897- Published 1963)



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