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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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July 11, 2012 - 15 years ago - 1997

"Island Tripping: Springfield Plains kids make annual trip to Mackinac" As is customary, fourth graders from Springfield Plains Elementary visited Mackinac island near the end of the school year. Children enjoyed the famous Grand Hotel, Butterfly House, a carriage tour and an eight-mile bike ride. They also visited forts Mackinac and Michilimackinac, Mackinac Bridge, Hartwick Pines, Mill Creek, Frankenmuth, and the Star Line Ferry.

"Aulgur named HM All State" Capping off a wonderful career, 1997 Clarkston High School graduate Mike Aulgur was named honorable mention All State by the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association June 22. Aulgur played at #1 singles all four years for the Wolves and in 1996, became the first player from school to qualify for states in nearly 30 years.

25 years ago - 1987

"Town clock brings own history" It took a whole day to install the Seth Thomas street clock in front of Pontiac State Bank on Main Street. The clock was built in 1909, and sold for $350 for a shop front in Dubuque, Iowa. It was sold and kept in Wisconsin until 1986, when Jon Abbot of Independence Township spotted an ad for it and suggested the township buy it for its sesquicentennial celebration in 1986.

"Caring carpenter saves nest of 3" A robin in Independence Township and her brood of three moved into a custom-built birdhouse last week. The mother robin had built her nest in the corner of a house under construction on Parview Drive. After planning ways to build around the mother and her babies and worrying about her nervousness when he hammered close by, Tom Pidd decided moving the nest was the only way to save the hatchlings.

50 years ago - 1962

"Moms fete twins at luncheon party" Janice and Jeanine Willocx of Davisburg were judged the most identical in the Blue Ribbon Twins Contest, girls division, at the Twins Mothers Club annual picnic at the 4-H grounds.

"4th Sees Record Crowd and Parade" The growth of Independence Township is much in evidence with each 4th of July parade. The largest parade in the history of Clarkston was observed by a record crowd. An evening of fireworks display was equally well attended.

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