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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

Let our readers look back even sixteen years, and there was but little to show that the prospects were at all favorable for much of a settlement at the mouth of the Thunder Bay river. But how different the situation now, —when we have a flourishing city of 5, 000 human souls, and the number increasing every year. "When parties first talked of farming in Alpena. the idea was ridiculed by nearly everybody, as it was thought that the land in this vicinity was entirely worthless, except for the timber growing upon it. But in this those who laughed at the adventurer who went forth into the wilderness to carve out his fortune and make him a home and a farm, have lived to see, within the short space of ten years, Alpena county dotted here and there with many farms, the productiveness of which cannot be excelled in the union. And still, year by year, the woodman dives deeper and deeper into the forest, and as he marches on, are left behind him the clearings, houses, and broad acres of beautiful land that produces crops far in excess of his brightest anticipations. "Nor does it stop here, for while those who have become farmers in' this county are meeting with such success, many others are induced to follow in the wake, and it seems that the time is not very far in the future when farming in Alpena county will attract as much, and even more attention than the manufacture of lumber, which is now our principal production. "There are thousands upon thousands of acres of State lands yet in this country waiting for enterprising men to take them up and convert them into valuable farms; and this they are doing at a rapid rate. "

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