|Clark County Courthouse|
My first stop was at the Clark County courthouse in Marshall. I had visited there over 40 years ago when I was a baby genealogist and had extracted most of the information that I needed. I double-checked a couple things that I was missing. Most of their information is online at FamilySearch so I didn't need to copy anything. I asked about some unusual records (guardian, election, etc) but they didn't have anything else that was accessible.
|Closeup of Courthouse with World's Largest Gavel|
From there, I went across the street to the Marshall library. They had a few books on local history but not very much because there was a more extensive collection at the Clark County Genealogical library.
The Clark County Genealogical library was on the other side of the courthouse. They acutally have a very good collection of local history and genealogy. There were shelves and shelves of donated family histories, several books with cemetery readings, funeral home records, church histories, and a large collection of local high school yearbooks. I had the most luck with their collection of newspaper clippings - which were indexed! The library itself is only open 3 afternoons a week and is staffed by volunteers. Dalanne was very helpful while I was there. The only drawback is that their collections are primarily from the eastern half of the county and my ancestors were from the western half.
|Casey township library with bookworm|
I spent the night at a bed and breakfast in downtown Casey - the 1890 Sleepover. I have stayed there several times - in a former storefront with a cute decor. The town of Casey itself is worth a visit -- it is the home of "Big Things" - world record holding replicas of a rocking chair, a mailbox, and windchime to name a few.. They even provided the world's largest gavel for the county courthouse (see photo above).