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Gratiot County Michigan

Gratiot County

The boat was made out of two large pine trees, making one side and one-half of the bottom from each tree, the two then being bolted together and strength-, ened by cross-bars. With this boat Mr. Ely succeeded in supplying a large number by contributing largely from his own means. By this time quite a feeling of jealousy had been created between the two rival villages, Alma and St. Louis, each, of course, anxious to out-do the other in enter- prise and improvement. A question arose as to the right of an individual to navigate the river with boat, also the right to construct a dam in the river, so as to prevent the free passage of boats and timber; the proprietors of St. Louis claiming they had the right to build just such a dam as they pleased ; those at Alma claimed the right to navigate the river at their pleasure. In the summer of 1855 a saw mill was built at St. Louis; the raising of the frame required all the help of both men and women for many miles around, and which could not have been raised at that time had it not been for the timely helping hand of those noble pioneer women, who were ever ready and willing to help in time of need. ,

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