From the past to the present

August 1, 2014

Carol Cope From the Past Columnist

Carol Cope
From the Past Columnist

From this past to the present will be my final presentation to the Marion Press.  As I stated in last weeks edition, I have moved and will not be able to write any more “From the Past” for the Great Marion Press.  This being one of the hardest things that I have had to do, I will give this my best shot.

From the early days of Marion, where lumberjacks were in search of “white gold”, the white pine, the lumbering industry built Marion and other communities in the area.   Today most of the white pines are gone but the lumbering industry in the area is still very strong.

Back in the day, Marion was the only major retail center within a radius of 20 miles and was supported by consumers throughout the area. Main Street was a very busy with many stores with a wide variety of great items to  purchase.   Today Marion still has a great business district and works hard to supply all the needs of the area residents.

Farming in this area is still one of the most productive, with dairy farms, cash crops and beef cattle farms. North of Marion you will find large farms with cash crops, dairy herds and beef herds. This is a very large farming community and remains mainly in family farms.   In the southern part of the county, you will find vast tracks of forest land owned by all the people of the state of Michigan. These tracks criss-cross between the Muskegon and the Clam Rivers. This presents a great and huge area for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and hiking.

Located on the major route of M-66, Marion has always been a great place to travel to and vacation along the Middle Branch River where you will find some of the best trout fishing in Michigan. Marion has wonderful camping facilities at the Marion Veterans Park within the Village and on the Middle Branch River.  Being well known for the Artesian wells that flow continuous,  Marion has several where people come and fill heir jugs with this cold, natural spring water. Some of the springs flow into the Middle Branch River and with its natural bed of gravel keeps the river crisp and clear, great for fishing.

Marion, being located in the rich forest and grass lands provides a fantastic place for deer hunters to seek that “big buck”.  Each fall, thousands of hunters come to the area for the annual bow and rifle season.  In November, for the rifle season, Marion has the famous “Marion Buck Pole”, which you will see large and beautiful bucks with some stories of how these were harvested.

For those who prefer a more casual adventure, the area has miles of two-tracks and trails which are on state land and most are open to the public.  It is a great adventure for the family to take a few days and travel these areas as you will find wildlife in abundance to enjoy.

For other entertainment that the family will enjoy, many of the area towns also have great fairs, live entertainment and festivals all year, some even in the winter.  Marion is no exception as in the middle of winter, the Vintage Snowmobile Club puts on one of the greatest vintage snowmobile festival and race in Michigan.  Then in the summer, the Marion Fair appears with fun for all and now this weekend Marion “Old Fashion” Days are again here to entertain every one. The kickoff will be on Thursday, July 31st, in Veterans Park between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, where there will be a hot dog roast with music by David Berghoff, sponsored by Dick Wilson, CPA. Please see the Marion Press for schedule of all events, with time and place.

Recipe for this week – Old Fashion Peach Cobbler

Mix together – 4  cups sliced peaches
1/2  cup sugar
Put in dish and set aside Take stick margarine, melted
3/4  cup sugar
1  cup self-rising flour
1  egg
(spices, optional)

Stir the mixture together.  Spoon 1/3 of mixture into peach mixture and drizzle the rest on top of the peaches.   Bake at  350 degrees for 1 hour.  Serve warm or cold with a hard sauce.   Very good and all will enjoy.

To everyone who I have come in contact with and became friends, this is one of the hardest things for me as I have truly enjoyed every person that I have met from Marion and the area.  With the help of Mike and the staff of the Marion Press and Clare County Review, The Marion Press remains a  great small town paper with news and events of interest for all.  Please read and enjoy.

God Bless,  Carol Jean



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