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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

This includes the unorganized counties of Alcona, Otsego, Montmorency, and Presque Isle, attached to Alpena for municipal purposes. At the township meeting, held April 2nd, 1860, the following motion was passed: "Also voted and carried, that twenty-five dollars be apportioned out of the school fund for library purposes. " From this small commencement our. public library has grown until now there are nearly fourteen hundred volumes in the library. The Alpena Weekly Argus of May 31, 1876, thus speaks of the contrast between the state of affairs eighteen years ago and at present:
What a difference between our mail carrying facilities now and eighteen years ago. In 1858 it was all chance as to the receiving of mail, and in the winter season it was conveyed by Indians with dogs, while in the summer it was received occasionally—just as some of the citizens visited Bay City—and was brought up by sail-boats. But what a change. Now we are supplied with a daily mail both summer and winter, —in winter by stage, and during the summer season by a line of steamers which ply between Alpena and Bay City. The population of the county was but a few souls, and could be called by naming each individual in the space of five minutes, yet now the inhabitants of the city and county will reach about eight thousand, and we may say that all have profited by their settlement in this locality. Even the settler who only five years ago attempted to cultivate land in this county, with not a dollar to commence with, now finds himself the possessor of many (some hundreds) acres of fertile lands which yield him abundant crops every season, and return him a handsome revenue. Truly a marked difference and improvement in the short space of eighteen years.

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