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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

As there were but few houses, the parties who came on the Minor experienced considerable difficulty in obtaining sleeping accommodations, and we have not the least doubt but that the sleeping capacities of the few houses were considerably strained. The only store in the place was that of Miller, Fletcher & Co., and of this building Mr. Potter says: "The first store in Alpena was occupied by Miller, Fletcher & Co., and stood in the street, in front of what is now known as the Myers block. They kept a general assortment, such as dry goods, groceries, hardware, drugs, and medicines, and what could not be found in that store would be useless to look for in Alpena or the adjoining counties. The Myers building was completed in the fall of 1858, the first floor being used as a storehouse, and the second for county purposes, viz.: court room, treasurer's office, county clerk's and sheriff's offices. The court room was used for all public gatherings, church and Sabbath -school, elections, ball room, etc.. etc. " To use one of Mark Twain's expressions, if Miller's store had been burned it would have been a serious loss to the whole community. They might have stood the loss of the drug store, one of the county offices, and the church, but if they had lost all the store departments, county offices, court room, church and Sabbath-school, ball room, etc., the loss would have been tremendous. Young and thinly settled as Alpena was, yet she boasted of a school. It was situated somewhere near Mr. Heuber's present meat market, and consisted of a board shanty about sixteen feet square, with a shed roof.

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