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Elk River Township

(Probably one of the original six townships)

The following history is from the Clinton Herald, July 4, 1976:

One of the six original townships in the county, Elk River takes it's name from the plentiful elk horns found along its streams in the early days.

The township was known to have dense sections of timber, but those disappeared early.  The Elk River also had large quantities of stone lining the banks and it was reported in 1878 that David Shadduck built a home of stone from the quarries at a cost of $15,000.

Initially, the township residents voted to name the area Fair Haven after a community in Connecticut, the home of many of the first pioneers, but after it was organized, those who wanted to name it after the stream, Elk River, prevailed.

The first settlers in the township were the Teeds, who set up housekeeping in 1836 in a grove which took their name.  Other communities of the township inclue Hauntown and Andover.



19 Jun 1883 - 30 Nov 1934


Almont Station

01 April 1871 - 18 Jun 1883

Renamed Almont


24 May 1886 - Current

Formerly Dot


28 Jan 1886 - 24 May 1886 

Moved and renamed Andover

Elk River

11 Aug 1843 - 05 Dec 1872

Post Office for Hauntown

Elk River Junction


On Milwaukee Railway

Fair Haven

20 May 1840 - 01 Mar 1842




Location of Elk River Post Office


28 Dec 1874 - 01 Mar 1877


Teed's Grove

06 Jan 1873 - 21 Jun 1883 & 02 Jul 1965 - Current


Watkyn's Glen

23 Jul 1874 - 09 Dec 1874



01 Smith-Almont
02 Miller
03 Andover
04 Teed's Grove

1925 Atlas of Clinton County Elk River Twp. Farmer's Directory