Judge Christian Clemens founded Mount Clemens in 1818 and established it as the seat of justice for Macomb County when Michigan was yet a territory. While the town prospered on the strength of its strategic location on the Clinton River and proximity to Lake St. Clair, it was the mineral water beneath the citizens’ feet that would propel Mount Clemens to national prominence as a health resort. As it grew, the “Bath City of America” attracted the likes of stage actress Sadie Hasson, the Nelson family of circus performers, and baseball all-star Vic Wertz. Numerous visitors who came seeking a cureor to find work in the hospitality industrystayed to call Mount Clemens home, adding their own peculiar brand of warp and weft to the town’s rich historical tapestry.
About the Author
Deborah J. Larsen is assistant director and local history librarian of Mount Clemens Public Library and coauthor of Selfridge Field. She has selected images from an extensive local newspaper photograph archive held by the library, as well as some privately owned images, to tell the stories of the people of the Bath City.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 First and Fearless 9
Chapter 2 Community Builders 19
Chapter 3 Business Leaders and Professionals 43
Chapter 4 Entertainers, Performing Artists, and Athletes 79
Chapter 5 Educators and Communicators 93
Chapter 6 Innovators and Rebels 107
Chapter 7 Heroes 115