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Napoleon Township, Michigan (U.S.)

Jackson County

Last modified: 2016-02-27 by rick wyatt
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On "", Ken Wyatt reports on 14 February 2009 that Napoleon Township might soon adopt a flag. A flag competition held several years ago was not successful because of the costs. Rhonda Pickrell of Fritz Advertising Co (Spring Arbor) has recently presented two proposals to the Township Board. The designs feature "iconic pieces of art "and the words "Township of Napoleon, since 1833, Jackson County". This would not be enough for some board members, who would like to see more "iconic elements" on the flag, such as the schools' Pirates mascot and the new township hall. The issue will be discussed by the Board on 10 March.

The township, approved on 29 March 1833 by the Legislative Counsel of the Territory of Michigan, was named by one of its early settlers, Abram Bolton, who was a fervent admirer of Napoléon Bonaparte.
Ivan Sache, 17 February 2009

Quoting Ken Wyatt, "The Jackson Citizen Patriot", 14 May 2009:
"Dan Wymer, township clerk, proposed a possible centerpiece for a township flag during a discussion at Tuesday's township board meeting. It was a rippled toroid. Wymer nearly strained his rippling deltoids hefting a rippled toroid up for board members to inspect. "We used to think they had something to do with dinosaurs," he said. But they are actually geologic formations found in Napoleon quarries and described in a 1963 Journal of Sedimentary Research article. Wymer distributed a page from the book, "Geology of Michigan," featuring photos of a rippled toroid from Napoleon and a plaster facsimile created in a laboratory. Geologists believe the rippled toroid is a sand filling of a small depression created by vortex currents. The township has four specimens for display, contributed by Jude's Quarry on Austin Road.", with a colour photo of the rippled toroid".

The quoted article is:
Dorr JA, Kauffman EG. 1963. Rippled toroids from the Napoleon Sandstone Member (Mississippian) of southern Michigan. Journal of Sedimentary Research 33, 751-758.
Abstract: Toroidal, radially ripple marked sedimentary structures in the Early Mississippian Napoleon Sandstone of southern Michigan are herein named rippled toroids. These objects are considered to be sand fillings (casts) of small depressions formed in unconsolidated, inner sublittoral marine sands. The field occurrence of rippled toroids, observation of similar structures in Recent sediments, and experimental evidence support the conclusion that the original toroidal depressions were produced by vortex currents, probably along the margins of rip currents or at the intersection of opposed longshore currents.

Ivan Sache, 14 May 2009

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