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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

We can readily believe that the newly arrived settlers and lumbermen did not require much time to look the city over, and we can easily imagine the feelings of disgust which the appearance of the prospective city must have created in their minds. As regards the clearing about the river, Mr. E. K. Potter says: "There was a narrow strip chopped on each side of the river, of which chopping a small piece was cleared; this was near the river at that time, and where the buildings were located, the whole clearing not exceeding two blocks in extent, on either side of the river. Where Field's drug store now stands was then the edge of the woods. " Mr. J. Kaufman tells us that the present site of Warner & Co. 's store was, at that time, one of the worst looking frog-holes he ever saw, and regarding the land northwesterly from the present site of Bostwick's and Potter's brick blocks, Mr. Hopper states that they were covered with a burnt slashing. At the time of Mr. Hopper's landing, the burnt slashing, was covered with some six inches of snow, and the scene looked inexpressibly cheerless and uninviting. But eighteen years of unceasing industry has wrought a mighty change in the snow-covered slashing, and the spectator looking up the river, instead of a desolate burning, will see brick blocks, sawmills, stores, boarding houses, foundries, and hundreds of comfortable looking dwelling houses. A good idea of the wilderness about Alpena may be formed from a remark of Mr. Potter's, that many of the old settlers will recollect how the county treasurer got lost in the woods not far from where the congregational church now stands, and how they turned out to hunt him up.

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Alpena County is in 3 sections your are in section 1.
Section 2
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