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September 15, 2020 Minutes

Plainfield Township Historical Commission Regular Meeting Minutes 15 September 2020

Present: Rona Dane Sullivan, Jim Kesler, Bernie Nuttall, Diane Blevins, Gene Nash, Amy Alberts, Jerry Hewitt Absent: Barb Katterman, Margy Holzheuer Meeting called to order at 5:37 p.m. Motion to approve agenda by Bernie, second Rona, passed. Motion to approve minutes from 18 August 2020 by Amy, second Diane, passed Treasurer’s report-Amy.Curator’s report: Bernie reported everyone is working on the Hale Schools pictures, new donation photos and clippings from Hazel Graves, new lumbering photos donated from Ash family.

Old business: Thompson Cemetery signage-working on history of property; bought in 1870 (Thomas Thompson purchased SE ¼ of NE ¼ section 10 T24R5 on 8 September 1870, 40 acres for $150; Book 5 page 27); Iosco Gazette: 13 April 1871, The New Township of Thompson. “Thompson township, in the northwest corner of this county town 24 north ranges 1,2,3,4 and 5 east was set off by the board of supervisors some months ago, and completed its organization on the 3d instant, by electing a full list of officers as follows: Supervisor-Thomas F. Thompson, Clerk Martin V. Sanders, Treasurer Samuel B. Andrews, Highway Commissioners Alfred Goodell, Joseph Simons, Nathan Byse, Justices Benjamin Simons, Alfred Goodell, Geo. H. Lee; School Inspectors, Kirk Johnson, Benj. Simons; Overseers of the Poor-T.F.Thompson, Nathan Byse, Constables: Kirk Johnson, Geo. A. Simons, Daniel Byse, Chas. Force. The township contains a population of about sixty persons, and as there is good soil and plenty of water, and many other advantages for emigrants, the prospect of rapid settling up of the township is good. The commercial center and rallying place of that whole section is at “Thompson’s, a hotel located near a beautiful lake, and celebrated far and near among the lumbermen and hunters and trappers who make these hereabouts their stamping ground.” The first recorded death in Thompson is Alfred Goodel age 1 on 6 September 1871. Thomas F. Thompson married Margaret Crummer 1 November 1871 1870 census Thomas was still living in Tawas.

New Business: Open House for October 2020 has been canceled. We have been looking into upgrading to a network, so multiple people will be able to work on PastPerfect at the same time. Checked into what was required and the cost. Dave’s Computers estimated cost to rewire at $100-150. WiFi is not recommended, must be wired. PastPerfect Network Upgrade would cost $412 plus $14 shipping. Total cost of upgrade would be about $576. This would be for 2 to 5 users. Motion by Bernie to set aside $600 for the PastPerfect Network Upgrade continent on approval by Fred Lewis; second Amy and Jerry. Passed. Suggestion we each write our own stories as part of preserving history of our organization. Answer such questions as: what drew you to be here, why are you here, your hometown, why are you on commission, your career, education, family. Motion to adjourn by Diane, second Rona and Amy at 6:27 p.m. passed. Next meeting Tuesday October 20, 2020

Elected Officials

Supervisor –  Fred Lewis
Clerk –  Sue Reilly
Treasurer – Roma J. Bassi
Trustee – Dianne M. Allen
Trustee – Roger Houthoofd
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