Family service, the library and great men on Founders Day

Gordon Woods / Journal — Actors Fritz Klein, John Poling and Todd Winebruner perform as Abraham Lincoln, C.H. Moore and Jesse Fell during Sunday’s Founders Day event. The three men were instrumental in the founding of Clinton

CLINTON — Celebrate Clinton presented its second Founders Day event on Sunday.

Celebrate Clinton member Helen Michelassi acted as emcee for the event, introducing two speakers, city commissioner Tom Edmunds and Warner Library director Bobbi Perryman.

Mr. Lincoln’s Square was the location to start Sunday’s event as Edmunds spoke about his family’s history in Clinton civic affairs.  Edmunds currently is serving as acting mayor for the third time in his years as a commissioner.

A fourth cousin to Edmunds, named Crang, was one of the first merchants in Clinton, his business located on the northeast portion of the square.

Another fourth cousin to Edmunds, Welby Crang, was the first local man to die during World War I.  The Crang-Bennett American Legion Post is named for Crang.

“My great uncle, Clarence Crang, great uncle Francis Crang, and my grandfather Tom Crang operated a sale barn where the parking lot of the county building is right now, from Jackson Street to Quincy Street,” Edmunds said.

Edmunds said the sale barn also housed the horses that pulled the fire department’s fire wagons.  His grandfather joined the fire department and later became fire chief.  Edmunds’ son, Andy, also served for 19 years on the Clinton Fire Department.

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