A Look Back for June 26, 2024

From The Clarkston News archives

25 years ago – 1999
Schools budget approval for ‘99-’00:
The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education took another step toward preparation for the upcoming fiscal year. An “abbreviated” hearing on the 1999-2000 budget took place to further explain details of the budget first presented at the June 14 board meeting.
Judge denies zoning for Holiday Inn: Oakland County Circuit Judge Colleen O’Brien denied the plaintiffs, Baylis Properties, Eagle Investment of MidMichigan, Shelby Baylis profit Sharing Trust and Robert Barron and Ann Barron, request for a preliminary injunction at a hearing, which would have prohibited Independence Township’s new zoning classification of their property to build a 80-room Holiday Inn Express on M-15, north of I-75.
Welcome to the Hall, Pops: Former Clarkston Varsity Baseball Coach Roy “Pops” Warner was inducted into the Michigan High School Baseball Coach’s Hall of Fame, June 21. The banquet was held at Zuccaro’s Country House in Mt. Clemens. Warner and the other nine inductees were honored the next day at a ceremony at the High School Baseball All-Star game at Tiger Stadium. Warner, who coached the Wolves for 29 years, called it “one of the biggest thrills in my life.”

50 years ago – 1974
Council disputes vacated:
A dispute involving a vacated alley on the corner of Buffalo Street and Washington in Clarkston, fronting Parke Lake, split the Clarkston Village Council. Village Trustee Ruth Basinger maintained the lot was still owned by the village and should be retained as a public access to Parke Lake. The lot was vacated by a former council, and ownership reverted to the property owner next to the lot. The owner at the time was village clerk Bruce Rogers. Basinger said the village should fight to retain possession of the strip because many residents enjoy the lakefront usage, despite a law which stated once a lot is relinquished, the village
cannot reclaim it.
Handmade flag to fly: The Great Star Flag, which would fly at the Independence Township Hall on July 4, was admired by Township Supervisor Robert Vandermark, who appraised the handiwork of Mrs. Harold W. Austrow. Approved by President James Monroe in 1818, the flag was the first to limit the number of stripes to 13 and allow for varying number of stars as the United States grew. Mrs. Austrow was campaigning for a stamp to commemorate the flag.
The mill stream: Picniking on homemade pasties and going to the Detroit Zoo were the weekend activities of the Ken Wolvens of Plum Street in Clarkston, and Mrs. Wolven’s sister, Sharry Doty and Sharry’s husband, Doug. The Wolvens and the Doty’s were entertaining friends from Omer, Mich.

75 years ago – 1949
Option extended; voters will decide purchase:
Due to the option on purchasing the Ford property expiring before an election could be had there was doubt as to whether the election would be held. However, the Ford Company was able to secure sufficient time for the residents to vote and the election would be held.
Girl Scouts Camp at Kensington Park: A number of Clarkston Girl Scouts with their leaders, Mrs. R. E. Spohn and Miss Patricia Hoyt, left for a few days camping at Kensington Park, part of the new Huron-Clinton project near Milford. On Thursday, the Girl Scout mothers along with the Brownies and their mothers were invited to the camp for the Girl Scout Court of awards where the girls received the merit badges they earned during the year.
Clarkston locals: Joy and Dianna Owen of Auburn Heights spent this week with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee M. Clark, while their mother, Mrs. Edward Owen and a girl friend from Auburn Heights vacationed in the east.

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