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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY AFTER 1870

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

The capital invested in lumbering, as giving by official reports, was $470. 000. Amount of lumber sawed. 78, 500, 000 feet: worth $1, 157, 000. Capital invested in shingle manufacture, $40, 000; value of shingles, $ 160, 000. Capital invested in the flour manufacture, $2, 500; amount of flour produced, 225 barrels. In foundries and machine shops, $11, 000 was invested, the products of which were worth $20, 000. In the wagon, carriage, and sleigh business. $8, 000 was invested; value of products, $9, 000. In planing and turning mills, and sash, door, and blind factories, $5, 000 was invested; value of products, $18, 000. Concerning the schools of the city, the census gives the assessed valuation of real and personal estate in the district at $1, 200, 000; value of school property, $25, 000; cost of Central school building, $20, 000; salary of superintendent, $1, 400.
A comparison of the different censuses taken will show the rapid increase of inhabitants during ten years. Census of 1864 gave 674 inhabitants, census of 1870 gave 2, 756, and the census of 1874 gave 4, 807, an increase in ten years of nearly eight times. During the year ending September 30, 1874, 10. 550. 82 acres were licensed to settlers, and 731. 37 acres patented to homesteaders. These lands were State swamp lands. Besides the above, 120 acres of school lands, at $4 per acre, 320 of agricultural lands, at $3 per acre, and 9. 720. 84 acres of swamp lands, at $1. 25 per acre, were sold during the same time. The number of acres of vacant lands in 1874 was: agricultural, 1, 400; primary school, 7, 720; swamp land, 103, 884. 32.

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