In 2014, the clock at the top of city hall will turn 100.
Built in 1913, the clock was named Big Cliff after city maintenance employee Clifford Simpson in 1993. The clock was first set in motion at 10 a.m. on Aug. 7, 1914.
“It’s an internal thing at the end of the day. It’s not a public thing,” city operations manager Kelly Mentanko said of the clock's nickname. “At the time, when he retired, (the city) did a little thing for him.”
Simpson first began looking after the clock in 1971 although he had been working with the city for the past nine years. Mentanko said Simpson was presented with a plaque when he retired in 1993.
According to information found in Times-Herald archives published on Aug. 14, 1993, he retired in 1993 and received a plaque that read, “Cliff Simpson: In recognition of your many years of service, we will, from here on affectionately refer to the city hall clock as Big Cliff.”
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.