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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

LUMBERING
At present the lumber business is the main stay of Alpena, the manufacture being confined to Norway and the various kinds of white and cork pine. The pine is of good quality and bears a good reputation, and the supply is estimated by various judges to last from ten to forty years. The lumber woods are situated from the city a distance of from twenty to sixty miles, and the logs are floated by means of the river to the various mills in the city. Besides the pine, we have a large quantity of hemlock, maple, beech, tamarack, basswood, white and black ash, poplar, birch, elm, ironwood, white oak and various other kinds of trees.
The average cut per year in lumber and shingles, will exceed 80,000,000. All the mills engaged in sawing lumber or cutting shingles at present are situated within the limits city of the corporation, except two. The following will give the reader an account of the mills and their sawing capacity:
The steam saw-mill of Sanborn & Brothers, is situated at Ossineke, and gives employment to fifteen men. It contains one circular saw, and has 1, 500, 000 feet of logs on hand. The steam saw-mill of the Alpena Lumber Co. is situated at the mouth of the river. This company has a clapboard machine in a building close by the saw-mill. The mill is supplied with one circular, one gang, and the necessary edgers and slab saws, which are capable of cutting 70, 000 of lumber per day. There is one. lath machine attached to the mill, which is capable of cutting about twenty thousand lath per day. Amount of logs on hand, this spring, was 11, 000, 000 feet. Amount cut last year, 7, 000. 000. Number of men employed is 63. The clapboard machine cut, last year, 300, 000 clapboards.

ALPENA COUNTY MICHIGAN


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






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