Pioneer Society Collections
Report of the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan
Together with Reports of County, Town and District Pioneer Societies
1877 pages 285-301 Muskegon
Part 1- The Formation of the County
SECTION 1. The People of the State of Michigan enact, That
9, 10, 11, and 12 north, of ranges numbered 15, 16, 17, and the
fractional townships lying west thereof to Lake Michigan, and township
10 north of range 13, and townships 9 and 10 north, of range 14, be and
the same are hereby organized into the county of Muskegon.
SECTION 2. The county-seat of said county shall be and is hereby
located at the village of Muskegon, upon such grounds as shall be donated
to the county for that purpose, such
location to include at least one acre of land, and Thomas J. Rand,
George A. Kilbourn, and Joseph D. Davis, of said county, are hereby appointed
commissioners to select such location.
SECTION 3. At the State election to be held in November, 1860, the
electors of said county may elect one Representative to the House of Representatives
of this State.
SECTION 4. At the annual township election to be held in April next,
the proper county
officers for said county shall be elected, whose terms of office
shall expire on the first day of January, 1861, and when their successors
are elected and qualified; said officers so elected, on of before the first
of June next, shall take and subscribe the oath of office prescribed to
be taken by county officers in this State, and shall enter upon the discharge
of such duties on the first day of June, aforesaid.
SECTION 5. The supervisors now in office in and for the towns of
Cazenovia, White River and Revenna are hereby constituted a board
of canvassers for said county for the first election of county officers
of said county, and required to meet at the village of Muskegon on the
second Tuesday in April next, to canvass the votes cast in the townships
of said county of Muskegon for county officers, to which board the proper
township officers are required to make returns of such votes on of before
the day of meeting of said board, as provided in this section; and said
board is also authorized, and it is hereby made their duty to approve bonds
of the county officers.
SECTION 6. Said county is hereby created and declared a body corporate
and politic, with all the powers and duties conferred upon of required
of organized counties by the constitution and laws of this State.
SECTION 7. The county register of said county shall make transcripts
of all records in other counties, necessary to be and appear upon the records
of the said county of Muskegon.
SECTION 8. All acts and parts of acts contravening the provisions
of this act are hereby
declared inoperative and void within the county of Muskegon hereby
Approved February 4, 1859.
On to Part 2- The Centennial
History of Muskegon
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