Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Clarkson




Clarkson is like Elkton. Almost gone. I went out there looking for the store owned by Milo Warrick. It is pictured above. The one on the left when it was in business. The one on the right taken in the mid to late 1990's. Mr. Warrick was also the coffin maker and undertaker of the village and used the second floor of his store for that purpose. How do I know this you might ask. A man named Bill Warrick emailed me and asked about the Free Church in Elkton. He also mentioned Clarkson. Here is a part of the email he sent:

My ancestor (Milo Warrick) built a store in Clarkson in the mid-1800s. I don't know if it's still there or not. It is a large brown structure on the corner across the street from the Grange. It was in use as Warrick's Store until at least the 1950s but was just a storage building lately. When Milo built it, he was a coffin maker at the time and, as such, began undertaking. The Warrick-Kummer Funeral Home in Columbiana is the outcome of that endeavor - though no Warricks are associated with it anymore. Maybe there's a ghost or two in there! :)


I can not say if the store is still there. There is a house across from the Grange Hall that is shaped like it, but I have to ask about it first. If so, some one fixed it up pretty nicely.
So, what did I find of interest besides that in Clarkson? Clarkson
Cemetery. Way interesting and old. Some of the stones that stand out are several treestones. Treestone monuments were popular from the 1880's to about 1905. These stones could be ordered from the Sears and Roebuck Company, also making them popular funerary art. Another one I like was the one pictured with the foot stone.






I also suspect that many of the residents of Sprucevale are buried here. Hannah Huddleston is at rest here, and I believe she haunts the park today. This is the oldest section of graves.








The Clarkson Grange also sits quietly, looking over the town. I do not believe it is used much any more. The outside is well maintained, but by the looks of this curtain to the right, not so much the inside.













The Clarkson Grange is yet another historical marker for the area that I hope lasts a long time. It is one of those buildings that you feel is yours, part of the communities property and while you sometimes take it for granted, you know you would feel its loss if anything happened to it. So, Clarkson the village might well be a memory, but still it is worth a moment of your time.