This year, both Clare County and the City of Clare celebrate 150th birthdays, and the Clare County Historical Society (CCHS) is sponsoring a contest to make one person $150 richer, another $100 richer and three $50 richer. In return the Society is hoping to bring a few old photos to light. Photos eligible for prizes include:
- The original courthouse in Farwell that burned in the 1870s.
- The three-story school in Meredith
- Jim Carr’s bar/stockade near Harrison. (Carr was probably the worst person to ever live in Michigan).
- Photo of buildings on McEwan south of the railroad tracks in Clare and taken prior to 1920.
- Auto Pioneer Henry Ford visiting Clare County.
The contest will run from Sat., July 31 through Sat., Sept. 4. To be eligible for a prize:
- Photos must be ones that CCHS has not seen; are not in its archives; and/or that have not been published.
- Submissions must be brought to the Clare County Museum during open hours or by appointment.
- CCHS must be able to make a copy of the photo(s) for its archives and be allowed to share them, giving credit to the owner if they are used. Any profits, if the photos are used commercially, go to the owner of the photo.
- An official CCHS drawing entry form available at the museum must be completed and signed in order to be entered in the contest.
- Only owners of the photo and/or their agents can submit photos. CCHS may request evidence of photo ownership. CCHS is not responsible for accepting as valid any photos that it receives during this contest.
- CCHS volunteers will exercise due care in handling and holding of all photographs submitted for the contest, but cannot be held responsible for loss or damage.
- All individuals associated with CCHS are volunteers. None are professional archivists or skilled in dating or acknowledging the authenticity of photographs. They are participating in order to spread the word about local history; uncover until now undiscovered photos and give people a chance to win a little money. All is done in the interest of fun and local history.
- Individuals submitting eligible entries will be entered in a drawing with winners drawn at the Historical Society’s “Old Fashion Day” the last Saturday in September.
- Only one prize per person.
“We were looking for a way to get people interested in local history, especially given this is a special year for Clare County and the City of Clare. Even though many old photos have been published, we figure people have others tucked away that no one has ever seen. We’re hoping this contest and the prizes gives them an incentive to finally pull them out,” said Dennis Carbeno, CCHS President and its resident Blacksmith.
Carbeno noted that Henry Ford owned more than 1,000 acres in the county and was known to have visited the Doherty Hotel and Cornwell Ranch. However, no photos of Ford in Clare County are known to exist.
Full contest rules can be found on the CCHS website, Facebook page, at the museum or by requesting a copy online at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions should be directed to Marty at 734-755-2638.
The Clare County Historical Society seeks to preserve and promote local history. Its Museum Complex at the corner of Dover and Eberhart Roads northeast of Clare has a museum, one-room schoolhouse, log cabin and blacksmith shop that is open every Saturday from 1-4 p.m. through September and by appointment.