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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

The white fish (oorregonus albus) is undeniably the most valuable fresh water variety found on the continent. Its geographical range in the United States extends from Lake Ontario through all the great lakes to the head waters of Lake Superior, whilst a few are found in some of the inland lakes of New York and Michigan, and they are reported in limited numbers in a very few of the lakes of Wisconsin and Minnesota. For the purposes, how-ever, of home consumption, as well as for commerce, the great chain of lakes affords the only field of supply. These lakes in former years, and even after years of improvidence and waste, produce millions annually. Yet he catch is very appreciably diminishing, to the evident alarm of the States that border on the lakes, and of the country at large. The causes of this decrease are too transparent for enumeration or designation. The simple denention of the naked fact opens a volume replete with bitter recollections and reproof. Avarice, human greed, regard neither the times nor the modes of capture, and ignorance is their stupid associate and ally. Decay and famine even, ever have followed, and ever will follow in the footsteps of such copartnership.
"The size and quantity of the fish vary in different waters. In their more northern habitat at Sault Ste. Marie (the outlet of Lake Superior) they aver-age four pounds, and in the head waters of Lake Superior they have been re-ported caught weighing high as fifteen pounds, while from the more southern places of the chain their average will not exceed two or three pounds. The quality of the fish, too, is believed to vary in different waters—those on the north shores of the lakes and in the higher latitudes being regarded superior to those in the lower latitudes, owing, as it is said, to the cold spring streams that debouch in the lakes on the north side, and to the constantly colder waters produced by a higher latitude.

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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