Clare Characters
People who lived and worked in Clare County


John Henry Gerard is in the far left with hands on hips. 
This was taken around 1910-1915.
Submitted by Leslie Gerard, John Henry's granddaughter. 

These are Vicki Randolph's great-grandparents Hellen E. Crandell, and Joseph Lagrow.  You can contact Vicki at:


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Clarissa Shotwell Bailey                                                                                    Clark Bailey 
(Mother of the Boys)                                                                           b. 9/16/1842 d.5/29/1929
b. 5/20/1820 d. 4/7/1881                                                                  buried Seymour Lake Cem.
Buried Oakland Co., MI                                                                                  Ortonville, MI

Top row - left to right
Franklin P. Bailey                  Elmer Bailey                William J. Bailey          Charles Bailey
12/5/1852- 4/19/1903    10/8/1859-2/10/1924   2/23/1855-3/8/1882      12/16/1842- 4/1/1900
bur. Seymour Lake Cem.   buried in Orion, MI    Buried in Harrison, MI    Buried in Harrison, MI

George Washington Bailey (Wash)
b. 7/19/1850  d. 11/27/1915
Buried in Harrison, MI

Bottom row - left to right

John J. Bailey                     Herman Bailey                Albert Bailey                Edmond Bailey
2/5/1845- 8/31/1933     8/11/1863-4/3/1947     6/5/1857-1/5/1893        12/5/1840-12/1/1912 
Buried in Ubly, MI        Buried in Bay City, MI      No Information          Buried in Harrison, MI
(Oldest Civil War Vet. in MI)

William Bailey
b. 3/17/1820 d. 5/26/1888
Buried in Oakland Co., MI
(Father of the Boys)                                                            Submitted by Judy Lee

The Class of 1931, Harrison High School! Submitted by Laura Horton, 
whose Great Aunt Susan Beemer was a member of the class.

The Bailey School- Hayes Township; Clare County, MI
Gladys Darling, Teacher
Submitted by Laura Horton
Photo below is a larger version of the children and teacher in the photo above:


Charles Marion Wright in his World War I 
uniform. He served in France.
Submitted by Cynthia Archambault van der Sys

Charles Marion and Christie (Fern) Wright were very active in the Clare community from the 1920's until their deaths in 1973.  Charles ran an interior painting business, and did a lot of the interior decorating at the Doherty Hotel. Fern was very active in the Rebecca Lodge, and was very well known and loved in the Clare community.  This is their wedding photo from 1920.
Submitted by Cynthia Archambault van der Sys

OLIVER BEEMER (husband of LENA MAY BEEMER (GOSINE) taken in 1925
 Oliver & Lena May Beemer (Gosine) parents of:
Submitted by Laura Horton

 Marie Beemer- Bailey was a schollteacher for many years in Harrison, MI.

Submitted by Laura Horton

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