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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

The above estimate is the amount that was on hand in the spring, and is a very fair estimate. All the mill owners report sufficient logs on hand for the present season, but no overplus.
FARMING
Very little regular farming was done in Alpena prior to the year 1860, although some attempts had been made by various parties. Farming was generally discouraged, no one believing that it would be profitable, and those who did make the attempt were ridiculed considerably. Sometimes reports would be circulated about vegetables, etc., being raised, but were generally received with incredulity. In all communities there are some individuals who differ from the multitude, and such was the case with Alpena, for a few individuals who thought farming in this county would pay, and being desirous of finding a home for themselves and families, determined to try it; so they located homesteads, cleared a small patch of ground, and the result proved that their judgment regarding the excellent producing qualities of the farming lands was in every particular correct. The first pioneers were soon followed by others, and before many years had passed, the county was dotted with the clearings and shanties of the settlers. As the years rolled by, the clearings became enlarged, buildings were put up, fences erected, and to-day, numbers who started with nothing but an ax and a month or two's provisions, now possess good, comfortable houses, where, with reasonable exertions, they can obtain a sure independence. This desirable condition has been brought about by unceasing toil, and preserving energy and self-denial.

ALPENA COUNTY MICHIGAN


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