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== References  ==
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'''From the USGenWeb homepage for Isabella County, Michigan''': <!--{12089228007340} -->
'''The following is an alphabetical listing of cities, towns, and villages in Isabella County:'''
Many population places have several names that they were known by. Often, especially in Northern Michigan where the population was sparse and isolated, towns were named after places the people came from in southern Michigan, or their home state. When a post office was established another name was given to avoid mailing confusion. Places may also have been known by a prominent landmark, such as a saloon, hotel or sawmill. Towns and villages were often named after the person who first platted the land, and then later changed. In the 1870's railroad stations became local meeting places and appeared on plat maps as population centers. The railroad station served as a shipping and commerce point for the local area.
Isabella County has had 37 post offices (listing of Post Offices with postmasters) since incorporation of the county.
Albany - Post Office1857 to 1861 <br>Alembic - Post Office 1874 to 1905 <br>Beal City - Post Office 1892 to 1910 <br>Blanchard - Post Office 1878 to the present <br>Boyden - also called Deerfield Center, there was a Post Office there in 1893,closed in 1902, located 7 miles west of Mt. Pleasant; in 1905 there were two general stores, a lath factory and cooper shop. <br>Blunt - Post Office1863 to 1865 <br>Boyden - Post Office 1892 to 1906; Deerfield Township <br>Brinton - Coal City or Coal Town, Post Office 1888 to 1906; Coldwater Township <br>Bristol - Post Office 1872 to 1873; across the river from the Horr P.O.; Wm. K. Gibbs, Post Master; Sherman Township <br>Broomfield - Post Office 1871 to 1907 <br>Bundy - Post Office 1894 to 1898; Broomfield Township <br>Burnham Station or Burnham Crossing - situated in Vernon Township, 2 miles to the south of Clare; Post Office official name was Russell; mill and depot were closed in 1896 after a fire destroyed the mill; Post Office was also closed at this time <br>Cahoon - Post Office 1891 to 1892; Coe Township <br>Caldwell - also called Two Rivers; Shingle mill operation; Post Office 1884 to 1906; Deerfield Township <br>Calkinsville - see Rosebush - Post Office 1873 to 1903; Isabella Township <br>Coe - Post Office in Coe Township in 1891 to 1904 <br>Coomer - Post Office in 1892 to 1906; 8.5 miles southwest of Mt. Pleasant in Deerfield Township <br>Crawford - Post Office 1883 to 1904 <br>Delwin - on the P.M. (Pere Marquette) Railroad 7 miles south of Coleman; Post Office established in 1880 to 1906 <br>Denver - <br>Drew - Post Office 1899 to 1904; Sherman Township, Edward W. Benn, Post Master <br>Dushville - later renamed Winn in 1895; platted by Wm. Wiley Dush on 26 October, 1876. Part of Dushville was called by the name Hardscrabble; listed as a Post Office in 1890 in Fremont Township <br>Ellaville - Post Office 1878 to 1879 <br>Floyd - Post Office 1891 to 1905 <br>Gilmore - Post Office 1891 to 1906 <br>Gough - Post Office 1882 to 1882; Deerfield Township <br>Herrick - village three miles east of Clare near US-10 in Wise Township, original settlement about 1875 named Lansingville; when the Post Office was established in 1895 (through 1908) the name was changed to Herrick. There was a saw mill, charcoal kilns and a blacksmith shop. <br>Horr - Section 16, Sherman Township, Corner of Weidman and Wyman Roads; Post Office 1884 through 1904 <br>Indian Mills- also known as Isabella City and Longwood; <br>Isabella - Post Office 1865 through 1869 <br>Isabella Centre - Post Office 1860 through 1863 <br>Isabella City - also known as Indian Mills, name changed to Longwood in 1877; Post Office 1861 through 1871 <br>Jerseyville - in 1897 it was a Post Office 8 miles south of Mt. Pleasant, by 1910 the P.O. was closed and mail was to RFD Shepherd; Post Office 1892 through 1906 <br>Jordan - in 1910 it was a station on the P.M. (Pere Marquette) Railroad, located 10 miles southwest of Coleman <br>Leaton - Post Office 1880 through 1915 <br>Letson - Post Office 1886 through 1888; Coldwater Township <br>Loomis - also known as Buchtel; Post Office 1871 through 1915 <br>Longwood - also known as Indian Mills and Isabella City; Post Office 1871 through 1878 <br>Mansfield <br>Matlock - Isabella County Enterprise, April 1, 1898. (front page). "A new postoffice is being established near the dam east of the county line in Midland county. It will be supplied from Mt. Pleasant and is named Matlock". From the January 6, 1899 issue of the Isabella County Enterprise. "The post office recently established at Matlock, east of Alembic, has been discontinued." contributed by Joyce McClain. <br>Mount Pleasant - Post Office 1869 through the present <br>Nero - Martin Ryerson Post Master; 1 mile south and 1/2 mile east of Brinton; Post Office 18771 through 1877 <br>Rand - on the P.M. (Pere Marquette) Railroad; 1910 the postal address was RFD Wyman (Montcalm County) <br>Remick - Post Office 1879 through 1887; Rolland Township <br>Rosebush - also called Calkinsville; Post Office 1889 through the present <br>Rowland - Saw mill settlement given a P.O., February 26, 1868. Name is derived from the township of Rolland; 1st Postmaster was William Patterson. The Post office operated until April 29, 1905. <br>Russell - Post Office 1890 through 1902 <br>Shepherd - also called Salt River or Salt River Corners; platted in 1866; became a village in <br>1887 and destroyed by fire in December of 1887; named after I. N. Shepherd. <br>Sherman City - Post Office 1871 through 1913 <br>Stone Outlots <br>Strickland - Post Office 1870 through 1904 <br>Summerton - Post Office 1882 through 1905 <br>Tonkinsville <br>Vandecar - Post Office 1880 through 1905 <br>Vernon City - <br>Weidman- lumbering town organized by John Sylvester Weidman; incorporated 4 July 1894; Post Office 1894 through the present Whiteville - Post Office 1884 through 1902; Isabella Township <br>Winn - also called Dushville; first post office established 19 December 1867; <br>Wiota - Post Office 1857 through 1871 <br>Wise - Denver Township, 11 miles northeast of Mt. Pleasant on the P.M. Railroad, 4 miles from Coleman; Post Office 1884 through 1906 <br>Woodin's Mill - Post Office 1886 through 1890 <br><!--{12089228007341} -->
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Isabella County was formed in 1831 from parent counties, Saginaw and Midland. The county is located close to the geographic center of the lower peninsula of Michigan. While primarily rural in nature, Isabella County is also noted for it's oil and gas production and the manufacturing of machinery for industry, food service and wood products. Mt. Pleasant is the county seat and also the home of Central Michigan University and the Clarke Historical Library, the second largest genealogy and historical library in the state. Central Michigan University was opened in 1893 as the Central Normal School and Business Institute. The school was operated by the city of Mt. Pleasant until 1895 when it was taken over by the State of Michigan and became Central Michigan Normal School. CMU became a four year institution in 1918 and a university in 1959. The county also encompasses the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation, home of the Soaring Eagle Casino. City, Town and Village Names

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  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog. Salt Lake City, Utah.