Macomb County MI


HISTORY
of
CLINTON TOWNSHIP

Contributed by Patti Wulff
From Leeson's History of Macomb County, Michigan, pp.567

Clinton Township, or Town 1 in Range 12, and Towns 1,3, and part of 2, in Ranges 13 and 14, was erected April 12, and the first town meeting ordered to be held in the court house at Mt. Clemens May 28, 1827. At the meeting held on the latter date, William Olds presided as Moderator, with Ephraim McCall, Clerk. The election resulted as follows: Job C.Smith, Supervisor; Thomas Ashley, Town Clerk; William Olds, Collector; Harvey Cook, Joseph Hayes and Joseph Sansfacon, Assessors; James Connor and Elisha Harrington, Overseers of the Poor; Ezekiel Allen, James Connor and Elisha Harrington, Commissioners of Highways; Silas Haley and William Olds, Constables; James Connor, William Olds, Ephraim McCall and Peter Alor, Overseers of Highways; Hiram Atwood, John Miller and Charles Rivard, Fence Viewers; William McDonald, Pound keeper.

A special meeting was called June 16, 1827, when Alfred Ashley was erected [sic] Clerk, vice Thomas Ashley, resigned. Baptiste Rattell was chosen Pound-master, vice William McDonald, resigned; John Cotteral was elected a third Constable, and John Rhodes elected Overseer of Highways, vice James Connor.

The village of Cady, or Cady's Corner, is a small settlement composed chiefly of German farmers and their families, dating from 1834. It is on Clinton River, in the center of a rich agricultural region, about seventeen miles above Detroit, five southwest of Mt. Clemens, the county seat, and near Fraser Station, on the Grand Trunk Railway, to which depot goods should be shipped. It has a German Lutheran Church and common school.

Mt. Clemens was established as incorporated village in 1837. Warsaw, Frankfort, Marcellus, Frederick and other little centers of population wished to be incorporated. The first allowed its village charter to lapse, and did not re-seek incorporation until 1851; the other villages died away in toto. The last building of Frederick is now a total wreck.