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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876


EARLY HISTORY Alpena county was first laid out in 1840, at which time it was attached to Mackinaw, and remained so until the year 1853. Alpena was then unsettled and almost uninhabited—the only inhabitants being a few transient fishermen. It derived its name from an Indian word meaning a "good partridge country. "* Among the fishermen present at that time, was W. F. Cullings, who arrived at Thunder Bay island about the year 1885. Mr. Cullings has resided in the county more or less ever since, and is yet a citizen of Alpena, so that he is fully entitled to the credit of being the first settler. Mr. Cullings states that the first buildings erected on the site of the present city were built some three or four years after his arrival by some hunters from Mackinaw, and consisted of three log shanties. The next building was erected by Walter Scott, and consisted of a fish-house (where Johnson's warehouse now stands) 'and a sort of trading post, which was built somewhere near Mr. David Plough's present residence. Mr. Scott's business was to trade with the Indians, his principal commodity being whisky. In 183(5 Jonathan Birch visited Alpena for the purpose of making arrangements for building a saw-mill. He examined the rapids, and finding that there were good facilities for building a dam, commenced getting out timber for the enterprise he had in view. The Indians, however, objected to the improvement, and drove Mr. Birch away. Mr. Birch and party went off to Sulphur Island, and while there, held consultation as to whether it would be the most profitable to put up the mill at Devil river, or go back to Alpena and commence over again, as an Indian chief had assured them of his protection.

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Alpena County is in 3 sections your are in section 1.
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