Brookfield Township

Huron County Michigan

This township was organized by the Board Supervisors at their annual meeting, in in 1867. The first election was held the first Monday in April, 1868, at the residence of A. H. Burton. Elijah Thompson was honored with the first Supervisorship. This man is also claimed to be the first settler, he having come about the year 1865.

Except the western portion, which is rolling, the land is generally flat; the soil, clay loam. There are some four sections of swamp land. The timber consists of pine, hemlock, and the hard-woods. Shebahyonk Creek runs through the township. Grain and other products have an average yield. For all kinds of fruit the township presents superior claims. There are four school-houses, which are located on sections i, 13, 33 and 35. The Pontiac, Oxford & Port Austin Railroad runs north and south through the township. The nearest depot is Gagetown, and the nearest port is Sebewaing. Since the completion of the railroad the land has materially advanced, and the township is being rapidly settled up by a good class of farmers.

The fires of 1871, and also 1881, burned only into the southeast corner.

This townships northern boundary is Winsor, its eastern, Grant, the southern, Tuscola County, and the western, Sebewaing Township. It is numbered 15 north, of range 10 east. There are two sawmills in the township, and one flouring-mill. The religious wants of the people are well attended to. The Methodist Church has a mission in the township. First service held in 1883. Rev. R. Saigeon is Pastor. There is also a Lutheran Church, and an Evangelical Association society. The Presbyterian Relief Synod erected a neat edifice the past season, costing $1,500.

The township has been represented by the following named Supervisors:
Elijah Thompson, 1868
Jacob M alter, 1869-73
W. S. Willson, 1874
C. Link, 1875-7
W. S. Willson, 1878
C. Link, 1879
W. S. Willson, 1880-4
Portrait Biographical Huron Co 1884 Chandler Brothers