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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

It had formerly been used for a cooper's shop, but the necessity for some place to train the young minds had forced the coopers to vacate. Miss S. Carter is entitled to the honor of having taught the first school. No American could get along without his mail, and the early settlers of Alpena were no exception to the rule, so a post-office was started in 1858, with Daniel Carter as first postmaster. The first mail arrived January 17th, 1858, and it was a very important event to the settlers then in Alpena. The post-office was known as Fremont; afterwards at the request of the citizens the name was changed to 'Alpena; then to Thunder Bay, and finally to Alpena again. This name it still bears, as the postal authorities got tired of so much changing. Mr. Potter speaks of the mail as follows: "The U. S. mail was in charge of Indians and half-breeds on the route between Bay City and Sault Ste. Marie. The mail was drawn on a train by three dogs, the course being around the shore, and they drove up in front of the post office, kept by Daniel Carter, Esq., with as much ceremony as does the thorough-brace of the present day. The mail came once a week in winter, and in summer the only chance for the mail to get to Alpena was in case any person from Alpena went below, when the postmaster would give him an order for the mail, and the last word to a parting friend was, generally, 'don't forget the mail. '" In December, 1858, Mr. John Cole arrived in Alpena, accompanied by a number of mechanics, for the purpose of building two saw-mills, one at each side of the dam, which had been commenced that season.

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






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