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Gratiot County Michigan

Gratiot County

A dam was being constructed to furnish the mill with water-power, and during the month of September of that year, and while Mr. Ely was at | Saginaw with his boat after a load of provisions with which to supply his own household and neighbors, all of which were depending on his return to Alma for the necessaries of life, the timber for the dam was put in, ' and the dam so far completed as to render the passage of boats, rafts or timber up or down impossible. It was believed and understood by those living in the vicinity of Alma that the dam was so constructed with the intention of stopping the navigation of the river above St. Louis. These people did not feel disposed to submit to this encroachment of what they believed to be their right, without at least a contest in the courts. On the arrival of Mr. Ely's boat at St. Louis many were eager to learn the result. Quite a number had by this time assembled at Alma, awaiting the arrival of Mr. Ely's boat, in order to obtain provisions for their families, some of which lived fifteen miles distant.

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