Marion Township was the last to organize
and make up the full quota of townships for Osceola County. This was done
by order of the Board of Supervisors made
January 9, 1877. The meeting for the organization was held at the residence of C. Clark
on the first Monday in April following. Ahira
Chapin, J. R. Sawtell, and U. O. Chase presided at
the meeting, which elected Ahira Chapin Supervisor.
This township is situated in the northeast corner
of the county, in number 20 north, of range 7 west.
It is bounded on the north by Missaukee County, on
the west by Clare County, and the south by Middle
Branch, and the west by Highland Township. It is
watered by the Middle Branch and its tributaries,
and other feeders of the Muskegon River. The
land is mostly covered with hard-wood timber, there
being but very little pine, except in the eastern part.
It is rolling in the northwest portions, and rather
flat in other parts. Soil, clay loam with some mixture
Population in 1884 was 194, showing an increase
since 1880 of about 100.
There are about 700 acres of land improved, with
some 22 farms. Hay is regarded as the best crop.
Potatoes also do well.
Marion has six school districts, with two frame
and three log school buildings, and are located as
follows : No. 1, on section 35, and cost $275; No.
2, on section I, and cost $300; No. 3 has a log
house and is built on section 30, and cost $75; No.
4 has a log building which cost $50, and is situated
on section 17 ; No.1 5, is log, cost $100, and is built
on section 6; No. 6 has no building. The scholastic
population in this township is quite limited. District
No. 1 has 20 pupils; No. 2, 26; No. 3, 4; No. 4,
14, and No. 5, 6 pupils on the rolls.
The lumbering business was carried on here at
one time quite extensively. The timber was cut
and hauled to the Middle Branch and from it floated
down to the Muskegon River, and thence onward.
At Chesetopler Creek there is a saw-mill and a
shingle-mill; also a supply store. There is another
mill known as Clark's mill, where there is a postoffice.
The nearest railroad station for the people of
Marion is Tustin, on the Grand Rapids & Indiana.
Immigration is coming in and the township is growing slowly.
It has been represented by the following named
Ahira Chapin, 1877-8
Daniel Marsh, 1879
Ahira Chapin, 1880-4