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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

Among the passengers who came up on the Chief on one of her early trips, were a number of ladies, who at present are residents of this city. One of the ladies was the fortunate possessor of a keg of beer, and wishing to have a social time, she invited some of the other lady passengers to join with her and spend an hour or so in a friendly sort of manner. The invited guests eagerly accepted, and when they were all assembled, the word was given for the expected keg of beer to be brought up. But alas! some thirsty mortal had discovered the keg sometime before and had drank all the contents, thus leaving the expectant ones beerless. There was no social gathering that evening, and each of the guests betook herself to her state-room to mourn over the great affliction. There were no doctors in Alpena at that time, and when one of the boys was so unfortunate as to get mangled by the saw he was forced to go below in order to get his wounds properly dressed. We remember one person who had the misfortune to have all the fingers taken off his hand by the edger saw. The wound was dressed as well as possible by some of the townsmen, and then the unfortunate man was placed aboard a sail-boat and taken over to Thunder Bay Island, and put aboard the first steamer that passed. As soon as he got to Detroit his hand received the- first surgical treatment since the time of the accident. One day as we were working on the lumber pile in front of Fletcher's mill (now Folkert & Butterfield's), we were much surprised to see a gentleman an officer's uniform step on the lumber pile and commence shoving the boards aboard a vessel that was being loaded.

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