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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

These gentlemen were on their way to Alpena for the purpose of locating and surveying the place, and also to look after the valuable property they had acquired in that part of the country.
At this time the Fremont election fever was running very strong, and as Messrs. Fletcher, Lockwood, and Breckenridge were republicans, they, of course, were strong Fremont men, and so they had brought up with them a Fremont election flag. Messrs. Minor and Oldfield were neutral, and Mr. Carter a strong democrat. As soon as the party had landed at the little clearing near the mouth of the river, they commenced making preparations for raising their Fremont flag. They cut a good sized cedar pole, nailed the flag to the top end of it, and then endeavored to raise the flagstaff and plant it in the ground so that the emblem of their political faith might wave defiantly above the newly named village of Fremont. The flagstaff was not very heavy, and if it hadn't been election time, the party of Fremonters could easily have set it upright; but, somehow or other being affected by the water they had imbibed, they were unable to manage, so they requested Mr. Carter, who, during this time had been' looking on, to help them. Mr. Carter being a strong democrat refused, declaring that he wasn't going to help them to raise a Fremont flag, and, going a little way from the party, sat down and watched the performance. Several times the Fremonters succeeded in nearly raising the pole, getting it almost up only to have it tumble down again, but they were determined to succeed, and after several futile attempts, the Fremont flag waved proudly above their heads. This was the first introduction of politics into Alpena.

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