History of Clare, NY
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL RECORD OF ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY
EDITED BY: GATES CURTIS
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1894
THIS was the thirty-first town erected, which was authorized by the Board of Supervisors, December 2, 1880, pursuant to Chapter 194, laws of 1849, an act amendatory thereto, section 1, All that part of Pierrepont, in the county, known as the township of Clare, situated between Pierrepont, Clifton, Russell and Colton, containing 30,295 acres. The first town meeting was ordered to be held at the school house in said territory, nearest the dwelling of George Billings, on the second Thursday of February, 1881, and William Dean, James Colton, and Franklin Gill were appointed to preside at the meeting, when a full set of town officers were elected. The new town was to assume and pay a proportionate share of the indebtedness then existing in the town of Pierrepont, and all the funds of said town unappropriated at this date of organization shall be proportionally divided.
Most of the history of Clare previous to the date of its erection is comprised in the town from which it was
taken. A large part of Clare is still forest covered, and in the southeastern part it is hilly and mountainous.
A road extends along the western part north and south, and on this most of the earlier settlers lived. Two branches
of the Grass River flow across the town, and a tributary drains Horse Shoe Pond, which is nearly in the center
of the town. There is almost no business of any kind carried on within the town limits, nor is there, so far as
known, a church organization. Among those who have lived in the town are C. Fountain, J. Fountain, W. H. Brown,
H. Gallinger, J. Erwin, J. Bartleman, F. Martin, C. Dewey, L. and C. Simmons, A. H. Griswold, N. Isham, H. Sharpstine,
G. Billings, H. Barber, and others of later times. The only post office is Clare, where there is a little hamlet;
Mrs. H. C. Miles is postmistress and has a small mercantile business, as also has Matthew Bird. There are four
school districts in the town. There were but nineteen votes polled at the fall election of 1881, and in 1882 there
were forty-five votes cast.