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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

From the first tax roll made out in 1858, we glean the following interesting statistics of the value of the resident tax at that period: Total valuation of real estate in the township of Fremont, or more properly speaking the present county of Alpena. $ 16, 881. 95; total personal tax, $4, 076; number, of acres assessed, 5, 532 62-100. In the township of Fremont, $425 was raised for township purposes; $100 for highway, and $364. 62 for county purposes. There were only nine real estate holders, who were residents. The residents were D. D. Oliver, Devil river mills, assessed at $3, 300; Geo. N. Fletcher, J. K. Lockwood, J. Oldfield. J. S. Minor, Andrew Horn, Beans & Evans, and two persons named Campbell and Chisholm. The last two are not Geo. N. Fletcher, $195. For the incidents just narrated, we are indebted to Messrs. Lockwood, Carter, Cullings, Paxton, and other early settlers. The following is from the Alpena Weekly Argus of May 24. 1876: ''If our readers will try and imagine what the situation was in this region some twenty or thirty years ago, what would be the contrast between then and now? Where now stands the city of Alpena, twenty years ago was a dense forest, inhabited only by the red man and wild birds and beasts. Probably very few if any of our early settlers, who came to this region less than twenty years ago, had the slightest idea that the then vast wilderness which formed Alpena city and county, would in so few years be converted into the most thriving and prosperous city on the shore, and some of the most valuable farming land in the whole State of Michigan.

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