History of Isabella County

History­of Isabella County, Michigan

Sketch of original County BuildingIsabella County was first set off as a separate county in 1831; the first township was Coe Township in 1855.­ In 1859, by Act No. 118 of the Michigan Legislature, Isabella County was officially organized.­ Isabella County was once one of the most magnificent pine and hardwood areas in all of the Great Lakes region.­ It was part of the Indian's winter hunting grounds and was called "Ojibiway Besse" (the place of the Chippewa).­ Indians may have traveled in and around the area for as many as 10,000 years.­ The appearance of Europeans is recent by comparison.­ Father Henry Nouvel, successor to Father Marquette, spent a winter here in 1675 with the Beaver Clan of the Chippewa Indians.­ Almost 200 years passed before Europeans returned to Central Michigan.

Sketch of original Isabella County CourthouseMt. Pleasant is the county seat, today numbering nearly 33,000 people.­ The first plat for the then village of Mt. Pleasant was made by David Ward.­ He donated five acres of land for county purposes, upon which a court house was built at a cost of $140.00 to the county. The first corps of county officers for Isabella County were elected in 1859, and were as follows: Sheriff - Charles H. Rodd, County Clerk - I.E. Arnold, County Treasurer - Richard Hoy, Register of Deeds - Milton Bradley, Judge of Probate - James Wilsey, Prosecuting Attorney - Nelson Mosher, Circuit Court Commissioner - Nelson Mosher, Surveyor - William M. Davis, and Coroners - Thomas C. Chatfield, H. Bigelow, and W.H. Stout.

**pictures scanned from paintings by John F. MacDermaid.

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