White Cloud, MI (Depot - 1911) -
Contributed by Paul Petosky
Wilcox Township is 14 north, 12 west, with the exception of the
south half of sections 34, 35 and 36, which belong to Everett,
and with the addition of the north half of section 4, 5, and 6
of township 13 north, 12 west. Waite River drains this county
flowing nearly south through the middle of the township. The Big
Rapids branch of the C. & W. M. R. R. runs diagonally through
the township, crossing fractional sections 5 and 6 and sections
32, 33, 28, 29, 20, 19 and 18. At the crossing of the two lines
is the village of White Cloud, which aspires to be some time the
Wilcox Township was erected Jan. 15, 1880
out of territory previous belonging to Everett. The first
township meeting was held the first Monday in April following,
at the house of Charles Decker. Lee A. Mason, George Ehle
and James L. Morgan were inspectors and James M. Smith was
elected the first Supervisor.
At the last election, held
April 2, 1883, the following township officers were chosen;
Reuben S. Trask, Supervisor; Alpheus W. Sidebottom, Clerk;
Hollis T. Reed, Treasurer; Henry Cardinal, Highway Commissioner;
Andrew G. Clark, School Inspector; Edward Grosvenor, Justice of
the Peace; Edward Grosvenor, George W. Chandler, George W.
Flack, Howard Helms and William Fulkerson, Constables; and
William Fulkerson, Drain Commissioner.
The township had
in 1880 a population of 850.
There are now two whole and
one fractional school districts. For the year ending Sept. 3,
1883, the number of children of school age was 193; number of
children that attended school, 117; number of non-resident
pupils, 2; number of days of school taught, 319; number of
school-houses (frame) 2; value of school property $700; number
of teachers employed, 5; wages paid to same $523.
the equalized valuation of property in the township was $134,143
and the tax collected was $2,635.11; and in 1883 the equalized
valuation was only $122,100, and the tax collected $984.64.
James M. Smith, 1880
J. M. Popple, 1881
R. S. Trask, 1882
Portrait and Biographical of Newaygo Co., 1888