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Midland County Michigan
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JEROME TOWNSHIP



Sanford, MI (Post Office - 1950's) - contributed by Paul Petosky

 

Jerome Township is located near the center of the county of Midland, being numbered 15 north and 1 west. It is included on the north by Edenville, east by Lincoln and Homer Townships, on the east by Lee Township, on the west by Geneva Township.

The Tittabawassee River flows into Jerome from Edenville Township on the north. The stream takes a southerly and then easterly course, and leaves this township at the point where the line separates Lincoln from Homer. The Salt River rises in Isabella County, flows east and enters Jerome near the northeastern corner of the township, whence it takes a southeasterly direction and empties into the Tittabawassee.

The productions of Jerome are lumber, grain, vegetables and game, such as bear and deer, the former valuable for its flesh, which is used for food and for its skin, of which robes are made; also, bear oil in large quantities are obtained from this animal. From the deer, venison is produced, and the hides are used for making gloves, moccasins, etc.

A salt well was sunk on section 24, in 1841, under the supervision of Prof. Douglass Houghton, the State Geologist. This was the first salt well dug in the State.

Geo. Butts was the first settler in the township, and located on section 25; Charles S. Sanford came next, locating on section 24, where the village named in his honor now stands. The Board of Supervisors erected the township of Jerome in the year 1856. In 1862, a resolution was passed by that body by which townships 15, 16 and 17 north, of range 1 west, and township 16 north, of range 2 west, were added to Jerome. These tracts were afterwards organized into separate townships.

Jerome has been successful in electing men of good judgment and ability to represent her in the county Board of Supervisors. Their names are:

 

SUPERVISORS
Charles Perkins . . . . . . . . . . . 1857-8
Sylvester Erway. . . . . . . . . . 1859-64
Geo. B. Bardwell. . . . . . . . . . 1865-7
Sylvester Erway. . . . . . . . . . 1868
Geo. B. Bardwell. . . . . . . . . . 1869-70
E. N. Burton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1871-2
Geo. B. Bardwell. . . . . . . . . . 1873
L. G. Miner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1874-5
Wm. Magee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1876-7
L. G. Miner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1878
Wm. Magee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1879-84


source: Portrait and Biographical album of Midland County; Chapman Brothers, Chicago 1884




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