Lincoln Township
Midland County Michigan



Lincoln Township is numbered 15 north and 1 east, and is bounded on the north by Hope, on the east by Larkin and on the south by Homer Township, and partly separated from the latter by the Tittabawassee River, and on the west by Jerome and edenville Townships.

The surface of Lincoln generally is just sufficiently undulating to afford the soil good drainage. Some of the finest farms in the county are to be found in this township, the soil being especially adapted to the cultivation of wheat, oats and potatoes. Clover grows in abundance, thus giving good pasturage to cattle, horses and sheep. Wool is also an important article of merchandise, and large flocks of sheep are grazing in the beautiful meadows.

Averill is the largest village in the township, and is located in the southern part, on the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad. Harrison Averill gave to the railroad company the right of way through that section, and the village was named in his honor. It is on the Tittabawassee River and millions of feet of lumber pass through this point for the lower mills and Saginaw. Wells, Stone & Co. built the first store and put in a large stock of general merchandise. The village was platted in 1870, the same year the railroad was completed to that point. M. O. McFarland has a store and hotel near the depot; an is doing a good business. He is Postmaster also; the office is in his building. N. T. Stratton is proprietor of a good hotel, and also keeps a full line of dry goods, boots and shoes and groceries.

Wright & Ketcham's headquarters in the northern part of the township comprises a small village of less than 100 inhabitants, the buildings, barns, store houses, etc., belonging to the firm. This is not only a convenient supply depot for the employes of this firm, but the farmers living within reasonable distance from it also make it their trading point. We make only a brief mention of it here, as a full description is given elsewhere.

The township of Lincoln was organized March 20, 1861, and the first election was held at the house of Eben Wright, who, with Charles Inman and Orville Hosmer, were Judges of Election, which took place in April, 1861. Lincoln was disorganized by an act of the legislature and attached to Hope in 1877.

In October of the following year it was again erected, and the first election after its re-organization was held on the first Monday in April, 1879, at the residence of L. F. Smith, who, with Frank S. Stratton and Harrison Averill, were appointed Inspectors of Election.

The names of the Supervisors of this township and the terms each has served are as follows:

SUPERVISORS.

Charles Inman..............1861-3
Francis Green..............1864-5
Charles Inman..............1866-7
James W. Riggs.............1868-9
E. J. Brewster.............1870
I. F. Smith................1871-2
Wm. Tinker.................1873-4
G.W. Horn..................1875
I. F. Smith................1876-7
H. H. Hamilton.............1879
Charles Inman..............1880-1
H. H. Hamilton.............1882-3
Charles Inman..............1884

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