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Gratiot County Michigan

Gratiot County

These three were for a long time the only roads leading out of the county in any direction. The usual way of repairing the roads was for any one who found a place in the road that he was afraid to undertake to drive through, to take his axe, with which he was always supposed to be provided, and cut around it. Thus the width of the road was made to vary from two or three rods to a quarter of a mile, and the traveler could make his selection. At the session of the legislature in 1855 the county was organized, and the organic act provided for holding an election for county officers on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November following. At this same session, or during the same winter, the following townships were organized, viz: Fulton, New Haven, North Star, Arcada, Emerson, and Pine River. In all, with North Shade, which had been previously organized, seven. At this time the north half of the county was attached to Saginaw for all purposes, and the south half to Clinton county.

Michigan Counties


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