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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

The Fremont fever being over, the people of Alpena wisely determined to change the name of the place from Fremont to Alpena. This was accomplished by the following act of the Legislature: AN ACT to change the name of the village of Fremont, in the County of Alpena. Section 1. The people of the State of Michigan enact, That the name of the village of Fremont, in the county of Alpena, State of Michigan, be and the same is hereby changed to Alpena.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect immediately. Approved February 29th, 1859. In May, 1860, the first public gathering of the Alpena folks, for pleasure, took place, and a very agreeable time passed. All the inhabitants were present. Mr. G. F. Lewis, in his history of Alpena, says: "In July, 1860, Lockwood & Minor commenced to build the steam saw-mill, called the Island mill, completed and started it running with one circular saw two days short of six weeks from the time the first blow was struck. Lockwood & Minor commenced to build another new steam saw-mill in 1862, and had the frame up, when a fire which had been started in the woods spread into and through the town on the 4th of July, burning this and a greater part of the buildings of every character in the settlement. This mill was rebuilt, however, and started in October following, running one circular saw and a siding mill. " The population of Alpena county in 1860, according to State official reports, was 290, and in 1861 the number of acres assessed 237, 832. 02.

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