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In 1873, the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad pushed through the wilderness of northern Michigan to the Elmira area.  In  the summer of 1876, Mr. Babcock erected a small building and opened a store.  In 1877, William S. Hartwell purchased 40 acres of land along the railroad.  When platted with a parcel owned by Thomas S. Jordan and his wife Sarah, the newly formed community became the village of Windsor.  Later the name was changed to Elmira.  The reason is unknown

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Otsego County Centennial Book
Pages 26  27  28


Otsego County
Historical Society

320 W. Main St.
Gaylord, Michigan

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1223
Gaylord, MI  49734

(989) 732-4568


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