Remember When …

Mona’s friend Sadonna’s wedding at the Clio airport more than 50 years ago. Photo provided

Mona’s friend Sadonna’s wedding at the Clio airport more than 50 years ago. Photo provided

The north area of Genesee County has lots of things to offer, such as our county parks, schools and farmland. Clio, Flushing Township, Genesee Township, Montrose, Mt. Morris Township, Richfield Township and Otisville are some of the places that line the north borders to Carpenter Road.

When was the last time you just visited one of our many Genesee County parks? Genesee County has one of the oldest county fairs in the state, hopefully next year it will be open again. I love to drive around our state and see our ‘Pure Michigan’ small downtowns, they all started in the 1800s.

This reminds me of the way things used to be, where everyone knows your name. There are historical museums in most of these towns, to tell their history. The state’s largest telephone museum is in Montrose. Each historical place has an online website for you to find out more.

The Blueberry Festival in Montrose, is one of my favorites, have you ever had a blue face from a blueberry pie eating contest? You can get fresh produce from local farmers like Montrose or Otisville in front of their house.



In Otisville their school is called LakeVille now has students from three counties attending there. It started as a lumber town.

Clio used to make bricks, still has a landing strip and one of the finest outdoor amphitheaters with local actors and big-name musical groups.

In Genesee Township is our old town called the Crossroads Village with the Huckleberry Railroad. Did you ever get a chance to go to Stanley School with a can lunch? The railroad was an important part of in our county and in Genesee County as you look around you will see towns up and down the railroads. So many train depots have turned into a historical museum to keep the history alive for each generation to come.

Remember When is a weekly column in the Burton View featuring historical stories about the community from the Burton Area Historical Society. If you have some Burton history to share, email History.