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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY AFTER 1870

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

With the exception of the societies we have given no losses except those of $l, 000 and upwards. Thirteen of those enumerated had no insurance on their goods and buildings, the rest were partly insured. With their usual energy our business men set to work, and in a few months several fine brick blocks were erected on the burnt sites of the wooden buildings. The office of the Alpena Weekly Argus had been entirely consumed by the fire, but in forty-five days from the time it was burned out, a new printing outfit was received, and the Argus again appeared with its weekly account of the doings of the people. The Argus office had no insurance upon its stock.
The brick blocks built were the McDonald block, the Potter block, the Pack block, F. S. Goodrich's store. C. C. Whitney's store, J. T. Bostwiek's store, and Charles Golling's brick block. Some of the buildings mentioned were not erected until some time after the fire. One result of the great fire was the establishing of the fire limits, and the withdrawal of the business center from Water street to Second street. The fire is supposed to have taken its origin from the whisky strife, and the whisky men were charged with burning the city. A detective was employed to ferret out the matter, and a few arrests were made, but the trials failed to prove the charges.

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