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Gratiot County Michigan

Gratiot County

At the spring election in 1855 the following named persons were elected supervisors of the several townships : North Shade, Henry Lowe; Fulton, Wm. Norton; North Star, Benjamin Crawford; New Haven, Joseph H. Bennett; Arcada, Francis Nelson; Emerson, M. Pettit; Pine River, Hiram Burges. The summer of 1855 was the wettest ever known in this county, and the winter following an extremely severe one, the snow lying on the ground until April. In the meantime the county had been filling up with settlers—so much so, indeed, that every portion of the counties south and previously settled were thoroughly canvassed for everything that would answer for food for man or beast. During this rapid settlement and development of the county, three rival villages were platted and business established, mills built and efforts made to secure the location of the county seat. At Alma, (then known as Elyton), by Ralph Ely as principal; at Ithaca by John Jeffry; and at St. Louis by Wm. Clapp and S. Greene.

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