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Rebecca Chown, left, is sworn in as the new Peninsula Township Clerk by Grand Traverse County Clerk Bonnie Scheele | Jane Boursaw Photo

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Rebecca Chown was sworn in as the new Peninsula Township Clerk this morning at the township offices with a crowd of family, township board members and Old Mission Peninsula residents looking on.

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Grand Traverse County Clerk¬†Bonnie Scheele was on hand to perform the swearing in. She also swore in Deputy Clerk Robin Noval, who’s been on the job since the end of last year.

Rebecca Chown, Peninsula Township Clerk, Old Mission Gazette, Old Mission Peninsula, Old Mission News, Old Mission Photos, Old Mission, Old Mission Michigan, Peninsula Township
Rebecca Chown, left, is sworn in as the new Peninsula Township Clerk by Grand Traverse County Clerk Bonnie Scheele | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rebecca Chown, Peninsula Township Clerk, Old Mission Gazette, Old Mission Peninsula, Old Mission News, Old Mission Photos, Old Mission, Old Mission Michigan, Peninsula Township
Robin Noval, right, is sworn in as the new Peninsula Township Deputy Clerk by Grand Traverse County Clerk Bonnie Scheele | Jane Boursaw Photo

“This township is very fortunate to have both of you be a part of this,” said Township Treasurer Brad Bickle. “It’s not an easy duty, which you both know, and for you to be on board with the team, I can’t thank you enough for committing yourself to this. And I suspect other board members and residents feel the same way, so thank you both.”

Rebecca Chown, Peninsula Township Clerk, Old Mission Gazette, Old Mission Peninsula, Old Mission News, Old Mission Photos, Old Mission, Old Mission Michigan, Peninsula Township
(left to right) Margaret Achorn, Rebecca Chown, Rob Manigold, Isaiah Wunsch, Brad Bickle and Dave Sanger at the Peninsula Township offices | Jane Boursaw Photo

Chown said she looks forward to taking on the role of township clerk and working with Noval and the rest of the township team.

She also thanked her family for being there this morning – her parents, Porter and Sherrie Martin, who retired to the Old Mission Peninsula in 2013, as well as her husband, Glen Chown, and their three boys, William, Martin and Leonard. All three were raised on the Old Mission Peninsula.

Rebecca Chown, Peninsula Township Clerk, Old Mission Gazette, Old Mission Peninsula, Old Mission News, Old Mission Photos, Old Mission, Old Mission Michigan, Peninsula Township
Rebecca and Glen Chown with their boys, Martin, Leonard and William, and¬† Rebecca’s parents Porter and Sherrie Martin at the Peninsula Township offices | Jane Boursaw Photo

The Chowns live in a home on the Peninsula originally owned by John and Della Marshall, and later, their son Jules and his wife Grace (her subsequent husbands were Carl Pratt and Ed Bacon; as a side note, Grace knitted beautiful mittens for me when I was a youngster).

The Chown’s barn and horses are featured in our “Barns of Old Mission Peninsula” and “Horses of Old Mission Peninsula” 2019 Calendar (check them out here).

Chown is the sixteenth person to hold the job of Peninsula Township Clerk, following in the footsteps of previous clerks:

  • C.D. Phelps, 1891-1892
  • A.E. Porter, 1893-1899
  • F.L. Johnson, 1900-1902
  • Peter F. Lardie, 1903
  • John Lardie, 1904-1909
  • W.E. DeGraw, 1910-1915
  • Alex Carroll, 1916-1929
  • Marshall Gleason, 1929-1935
  • Otto Chase, 1936-1939
  • Fay Dohm, 1940-1949
  • Harry Heller, 1949-1976
  • Mary Kay Belding, 1976-1992
  • Lorrie DeVol, 1992-2000
  • Monica A. Hoffman, 2000-2016
  • Joanne M. Westphal, 2016-2018

Here are a few more photos of the swearing-in ceremony this morning.

Rebecca Chown, Peninsula Township Clerk, Old Mission Gazette, Old Mission Peninsula, Old Mission News, Old Mission Photos, Old Mission, Old Mission Michigan, Peninsula Township
Rebecca Chown (left), Bonnie Scheele and Robin Noval at the Peninsula Township offices | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rebecca Chown, Peninsula Township Clerk, Old Mission Gazette, Old Mission Peninsula, Old Mission News, Old Mission Photos, Old Mission, Old Mission Michigan, Peninsula Township
Robin Noval, left, with Rebecca Chown at the Peninsula Township offices | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rebecca Chown, Peninsula Township Clerk, Old Mission Gazette, Old Mission Peninsula, Old Mission News, Old Mission Photos, Old Mission, Old Mission Michigan, Peninsula Township
Rebecca and Glen Chown with their boys, Martin, Leonard and William at the Peninsula Township offices | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rebecca Chown, Peninsula Township Clerk, Old Mission Gazette, Old Mission Peninsula, Old Mission News, Old Mission Photos, Old Mission, Old Mission Michigan, Peninsula Township
Porter and Sherrie Martin with their grandsons William, Leonard and Martin Chown at the Peninsula Township offices | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rebecca Chown, Peninsula Township Clerk, Old Mission Gazette, Old Mission Peninsula, Old Mission News, Old Mission Photos, Old Mission, Old Mission Michigan, Peninsula Township
Rebecca and Glen Chown at the Peninsula Township offices | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rebecca Chown, Peninsula Township Clerk, Old Mission Gazette, Old Mission Peninsula, Old Mission News, Old Mission Photos, Old Mission, Old Mission Michigan, Peninsula Township
Peninsula Township Register | Jane Boursaw Photo

 

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