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The Alpena Weekly Argus was founded in 1871, in Alpena on northastern Michigan’s Thunder Bay, in the same year as the city’s incorporation. Alpena was and remains one of the largest towns in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It was also one of the most diverse, as reflected by the 1889 establishment of Temple Beth El by the local Jewish community. The town itself was founded in 1856 and was variously called “Fremont,” “Thunder Bay” and “Alpena” prior to incorporation. Like many northern Michigan settlements, the lumber industry was crucial in its early years. By 1870, the surrounding county had reached a population of around 3,000. Due to the shelter provided by Thunder Bay and Alpena’s location on the northern shore of Lake Huron, shipping also contributed significantly to the town’s growth, and by 1880 the population had risen to almost 6,000. The railroad arrived from Bay City in 1886, and by 1890 the population of Alpena exceeded 10,000. As lumber became scarcer in the 1890s, the city diversified into cement production. Alpena was also the birthplace of Leon Czolgosz (1873-1901), the assassin of President William McKinley.

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  • Alpena, Michigan
  • 18711894

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  • Alpena Weekly Argus

Source Information

Alpena Argus, 1871–1894 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: May 13, 2016

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Mary Ann Lamvert Chambers

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David Chambers

David Chambers

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Aztec Mining Co. 1873

Aztec Mining Co. 1873

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Drowning death

Drowning death

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Matilda Mix

Matilda Mix

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Archive Info

  • 4,881
  • Alpena, Michigan
  • 18711894

Paper History

  • Alpena Weekly Argus

Source Information

Alpena Argus, 1871–1894 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: May 13, 2016