2012.04.11 Sue Wilson: Remembering Clark Gas

Written by David Green.

The pictures of Clark Gas and Lighting brought back memories.

My dad, Wells Collar worked for Clark’s Gas Heating and Lighting. It was located west of where the Video Connection was.

I don’t know when he started there, but he retired from there in 1946 or 1947. He and another man (Jason Carncross) used to install underground tanks for the gas. Some of the older homes here probably still have the old gas lines in the walls, and maybe the tanks are still in the ground.

I don’t know what all his jobs were, but I remember in the winter, going on Sunday afternoons with him while he checked on the heat in the buildings.

I don’t know anything about how the gas was produced, but Mr. Clark used to sit at a desk in the front of the building that faced Main Street. After Clark’s went out of business, the buildings were sold and a factory went in. Eventually they had a fire and the front building (or buildings) burned. I believe what is left of the place belongs to Walkers now.

– Sue Wilson

Washington Street, Morenci

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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