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A LOOK BACK IN TIME

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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 3:26 pm

PHOTO COURTESY THE GLADWIN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY This badly faded photograph is timely, since it portrays a scene in Secord Township - and this is Secord Township’s centennial year. It was Jan. 13, 1912 that Secord Township was separated from Gladwin Township by action of the Gladwin County Board of Supervisors. The following notice appeared in the Jan. 18, 1912 issue of the Gladwin County Record: “The territory comprised in Secord township has been backward in settlement until a few years ago, when a thrifty class of Germans commenced to drift that way, and Secord township starts off with many prosperous settlers within her borders, and vacant land is being rapidly taken up for farms. Secord post office, Herman Ripke postmaster, on the old Secord homestead, and a snug Lutheran church, occupy sightly positions on opposite banks of the Tittabawassee. Better roads, schools, post office, etc., have come with settlement, and development will be rapid from this time. Following is the list of settlers who signed the application for the new township: Joseph Nester, Henry Kleforth, George Searfoss Jr., Frank Behnke, M. Wolff, George Youngmann, Joseph Spillers, Elisha Card, Izettie Card, Myrtie Ensign, Bell Jeffrey, William Card, Andrew J. Taylor, Hermann Ripke, and Fred Youngmann.”

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