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Gratiot County Michigan

Gratiot County

Fourteen of the townships of the county were more or less settled before the expiration of this year, although at its commencement there was not a white settler outside of the township of North Shade and Fulton. The only place within reach of and accessible to these early settlers was the village of Maple Rapids, in the northern part of Clinton county. In fact the only bridge across the Maple river anywhere coterminous with this county was at that place. The village of Maple Rapids at this time, besides a few dwelling houses, boasted of one store, one hotel, a saw and grist-mill, blacksmith shop and saloon. A trail had been for many years previous traveled by the Indians through the central portion of the county to the Lutheran mission near the north line of the county. Along this trail or near it Mr. Ely opened a road sufficient for the passage of teams, known as the old trail road. Soon after Mr. Ely had moved into the county he opened a road through the woods, direct from his residence on Pine river to the said village of Maple Rapids. Still another road was opened diverging from the old trail through the township of North Star into Hamilton.

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