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These pages are intended to provide a location for visitors to read and post queries about Osceola County people, to search for surname connections in this county and to find out what reference sources are available. A small amount of source material is available through these pages. Volunteers to transcribe county information will be enthusiastically welcomed! If you would like to contribute your information to this page or volunteer time or research materials please contact Elna Wilder, Osceola County Coordinator.
Osceola County, Michigan History
In 1840, the Michigan Legislature organized many new counties including Osceola County. It was called Unwattin after an Ottawa Indian Chief. In 1843, the legislature changed the name to Osceola after the famous Seminole Chief. The earliest permanent settler, Delos Blodgett, arrived in about 1855. Lumbering also began in the 1850s. From1857 to 1859, Osceola County was attached to Newago County, together with Lake and Mecosta Counties. From 1859 to 1869, it was joined to Mecosta County, with the county seat at Leonard (now Big Rapids). Beginning in 1861, all of Osceola County was organized as Richmond Township of Mecosta County. Following the Civil War, many veterans came to the area because land was available for homesteading. In 1869, the county was formally organized and included the eastern half of Lake County, with Hersey as the county seat. In 1871, the eastern half of Lake County was taken away, leaving 16 townships. In 1927, Reed City became the county seat.
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This page was last updated 14 Jan 2009.