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Gratiot County Michigan

Gratiot County

Learning of the obstruction in the river at St. Louis and the arrival of Mr. Ely's boat at that place, quite a number went there with bags on their arms in hopes to obtain provisions for their then destitute families, from Mr. Ely's boat at that place. On being told that the boat must arrive at Alma before the package could be opened, and no assistance being offered by the proprietors of St. Louis to get the boat over or around the dam, after mature deliberation and council among those present, it was determined that under the necessity of the case, and right claimed to a free passage of the river, that a passage-way should be made and maintained; after which one Henry Sweeting, then a resident of Pine River township, was selected to strike the first blow. In obedience to such selection, Mr. Sweeting took an axe and deliberately cut some of the timbers, which sent a large proportion of the dam on the way to Saginaw.

Michigan Counties


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