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French Louis XVI Dessert, Hand Carved, Green Marble Top


Flat River at McCarthy Park
Flat River
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McCarthy Park


Heritage Village in Sidney
Heritage Village
Lake Montcalm

Lake Montcalm
Montcalm County
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Lake Montcalm
Memorial Park
Coral

Memorial Park, Coral


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Montcalm County

Early settlement of the Montcalm County area by Native American is documented as far back as 8000 B.C. along the Flat River near Greenville . By 1800 A.D. more Europeans were arriving in the Great Lakes area crowding out the existing native populations. When the settlers arrived in this area in the late 1830's, there were only remnants of the Ottawa , Chippewa and Potawatomi Indian tribes who had ceded their lands under the Treaty of Washington in 1836.

Montcalm County was named after the Marquis de Montcalm who was killed in the defense of Quebec in 1759. Montcalm County was officially established by the Michigan Legislature as an independent political unit on March 20, 1850. A temporary county seat was established in Greenville but in 1860 Stanton was named the official county seat.

The first settler in the county was said to have been Luther Lincoln who settled in Montcalm Township . He and others built log cabins and began clearing the land to farm. Villages were platted and businesses and churches were established. There was a large influx of Danish immigrants encouraged by August Rasmussen who was one of the earliest Danes to arrive in the county. After his arrival in Montcalm County in 1856 his letters home to Denmark encouraged family and friends to come to America . His accounts of his experiences were published in the Greenville Independent and later in a small booklet titled "Pioneer life in the Big Dane Settlement". Like many other settlers he farmed during the summer and worked for the lumber companies in the winter. It was a hard life but the lumbering provided needed income and hastened the clearing of trees from the land. With the trees gone agriculture became a major source of employment as grain, beans, corn and potatoes were raised, fruit trees were planted and dairy farming increased.

SAWMILLS:

Sawmills, shingle mills, planning mills were first powered by water from a mill or a creek. The sawmill cut logs into rough sawn logs, usually one inch thick and the width of the log. The planning mill cut the rough boards into the smooth standard sizes of that era. The shingle mill used rough cut blocks of wood to produce shingles from wood that was available. Shingles and shakes were used as roofing materials although shakes were mostly produced by hand. The preferred wood was cedar because of its resistance to moisture. Cedar shakes are still used as roofing materials.

PIONEER FARMERS:

Farming was a part of life beginning with the earliest settler in the county. These pioneers had to clear enough land around their cabins to raise crops to feed their families. More and more settlers came to live and cultivate the land many from Denmark and Germany . Gradually a farmer might acquire some cows and chickens. In later years there were frequent barn raisings where neighbors came to help a farmer build his barn. Flour and gristmills for grinding wheat and corn were built along rivers and streams.

With the advent of the lumber industry the area was gradually cleared of timber. By the 1880's, the timber industry was waning and the invention of stump pullers made the clearing of land easier. This made it possible to farms larger tracts of land. Many of the stumps were burned while others were used as fences to mark boundary lines and to keep the cattle from wandering.

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