History of Bay County, Michigan, with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers. Chicago, H. R. Page & Co. 1883


Contents

Page

History of Bay County

9

Introductory

9

Indian Traditions and Treaties

9

Indian Stoicism and Courage

13

Early Traders and First Residents

14

First Symptoms of Towns

17

Portsmouth and its Projector

18

Bloom and Blight of Lower Saginaw

19

Pioneer Life Illustrated

22

Indian Hospitality

31

Monuments of the Past

32

Legend of the Lone Tree

33

County and Township Organization

34

Saw Mills, Logs and Lumber

38

Logging Operations

45

Rafting Operations

46

Bay County Saw Mills

47

First Mill

47

Bay City Mills

48

West Bay City Mills

51

The Salt Industry

53

River Navigation

57

Bridges

59

The Courts and Bar

59

History of Bay City

64

Village of Portsmouth

64

Proprietors of Lower Saginaw

66

Change of Name

72

Some of the Early Comers

72

Pioneer Pastimes

78

Municipal Organization

82

First Mayor Of Bay City

83

City Officers

83

Present Mayor of Bay City

84

Churches and Church History

84

Schools of Bay City

92

Bay City Post Offices

94

Bay City Newspapers

95

Banks and Banking

97

Fires and Fire Protection

100

Fire Department

103

Fire Limits

103

Secret and Benevolent Societies

103

A Pioneer Business

105

The Public Library

106

Street Railway

106

Burial Grounds

106

Gas and Electric Light

107

Water Works

107

Bay City Chamber of Commerce

109

Miscellaneous Review

111

Deceased

116

Biographical

118

History of West Bay City

165

Village of Banks

165

Salzburgh

169

Village of Wenonah

170

Early Residents of Wenonah

178

West Bay City Incorporated

182

City and Township Schools

187

Secret and Benevolent Societies

188

Public Library

190

The Press

190

Banking

190

Hotels

192

The Fire of 1881

192

Water Works

193

West Bay City Industries

194

Improvements of 1882

195

Biographical

197

General Development

209

General Agricultural Resources

209

Travel and Transportation

217

Coal

220

Bay County Agricultural Society

222

Bay County Bible Society

222

Ship Building

223

Fisheries

226

County Officers, etc.

227

General Statistics

229

Township History

232

Hampton Township

232

Essexville

234

Williams Township

239

Auburn

243

Arenac and Bangor

244

Omer Village

245

Arenac Village

246

Bangor

246

Beaver Township

248

Kawkawlin Township

248

Monitor Township

254

Au Gres and Clayton

256

Clayton

258

Portsmouth and Merritt

260

Merritt

264

Deep River Township

267

Standish Township

268

Pinconning Township

269

Moffat and Mason

272

Fraser Township

273

Lincoln and Whitney

274

Standish Village

275

Frankenlust Township

279

Illustrations

 

An Early Cottage


14

Averill Block

123

Averill, C. M. Residence

123

Bank Block

97

Barclay, J. S.

74

Barse, W. H.

140

Bay City in Fall of 1838

65

Beebe, W. A. & Co., Dredge and Boats

226

Birney Block

112

Birney, James G.

69

Birney, Judge James

59

Boutell, Daniel

156

Boutell, Mrs. Daniel

156

Bonheur, Rosa

237

Campbell, R. J.

148

Campbell House

281

Campbell, S. S.

65

Center House

15

Central School Building

93

County Jail

216

Eddy, C. A. Residence

216

First Baptist Church

88

Fisher Block

184

Fisher's Bank Block

184

Fisher, S. O. Resident

184

Fraser, James

66

Fraser House Block

110

Green, S. M. Residence

216

Hall, J. R. Residence

235

Hogle, J. W.

264

Lount Block

126

McCormick, W. R.

25

McCormick, W. R. Residence

15

McDonald & Shearer's Mill

97

McDonald, John N., Residence

97

McEwan Block

112

Marsac, Captain Joseph F.

29

Michigan Pipe Company's Works

134

Miller, Albert, Residence

48

Miller, Judge, Albert

18

Miller, W. H., Residence and Cottages

82-83

Mitchell & Boutell's Tugs

135

Munger Block

111

New Denison Block

216

O'Connor, E., Residence

216

Paramount Cigar Manufactory

226

Partridge, B. F.

260

Pierce, Capt. B. F.

172

Pierce, Capt. B. F., Residence

172

Ramsdell, James

117

Ramsdell, James, Residence

162

Saginaw, Bay City and Alpena Steamer

224

Scheurmann, R.

129

Shearer Bros. Block

105

Shearer's Central Block

105

Shearer, Geo. H., Residence

97

Shearer, James

118

Simon, Philip

40

Simon, Mrs. Philip

40

Simon, Philip, Residence

40

Smith, Peter

167

Smith, Capt. P. C., Tug Line

194

Smith, Capt. P. C.

194

Supe, C., Elevator

209

Trombley, Job

266

Watson Block

102

Wight, J. Ambrose

88

Willson, Capt. John S.

30

 

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