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Gratiot County Michigan

Gratiot County

History oF GRATIOT County from 1850 to 1860

By General Ralph Ely.

Until the year 1850 Gratiot county was an unbroken forest, known only to the aborigines of the country. Previous to that time the opportunities for obtaining fertile lands, in the more southern and better known portions of this state and northern Ohio, turned the attention of emigrants in that direction. It was not, therefore, till after the more southern counties were quite well settled and improved that those whose means made it necessary turned their attention to the northern and less settled regions of the state.
It will be seen at a glance that Gratiot county occupied a peculiar situation in the geography of the country. While other counties earlier known and settled were connected with the frontiers by continuous bodies of beautiful and inviting country, this county was surrounded by such appearances as were, to say the least, far from inviting, if not forbidding. It was as if nature had selected some of the finest agricultural lands in the state, and purposely hid it away from the avarice of the early speculator, and held it in reserve for her favored sons, as noble and industrious a company of pioneers as ever built a cabin or marked a trail.

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