Clermont Odds and Ends
One of the unusual practices in old Clermont was
called serenading. Serenading meant that when any couple got married, then all
the kids in town would gather around their house and beat on cans and lids. They
would keep making noise until the couple came out and threw candy to all the
It was a big deal
for young boys to own a watch in the depression years. Wristwatches were not
used much by men. In fact men's pants and bib overalls had watch pockets. Since
most of the men used pocket watches, the boys wanted the same. Some of the older
men had gold pocket watches that may have been handed down by their father.
The watch that was used was one called the dollar watch because they sold for 1
dollar. Here is a photo of one.
not arrive in Clermont until 1946. However, Willard Rounsville had electric
lights in his house in house in the 1930's by using a car generator to light the
small bulbs for the house.
In 1956 there was
an attempt to place a nuclear plant in the Clermont area. Here is a newspaper
article that appeared in the