The Road To Marion Town: The Settlement Of Osceola County,  State Of Michigan by J. August LithenThe Road To Marion Town: The Settlement Of Osceola County,  State Of Michigan by J. August Lithen

The Road To Marion Town: The Settlement Of Osceola County, State Of Michigan

byJ. August Lithen

Hardcover | July 1, 2018

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Written in the style of a man who knows James Michener (1907-1997) well, The Road to Mariontown is meticulously researched, engaging and entertaining. The book presents a richly detailed history of Osceola County and early Michigan. This long-view history of Osceola County, Michigan, focuses on geologic history, native cultures, exploration by European and American Whites, Entrepreneurial development, governmental formation, railroad-building, and a rich social history. Lithen’s history—twelve years in the research and writing—is a labor of love unparalleled in writing of the area; taking the reader on a journey through time that concludes with with the devastating village of Marion fire of 1904.
 A retired high school teacher and local newspaperman, Lithen devoted twelve years to researching and writing this history, with help from librarians and archivists. He resides in Marion, Michigan.
Title:The Road To Marion Town: The Settlement Of Osceola County, State Of MichiganFormat:HardcoverDimensions:1012 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.6 inPublished:July 1, 2018Publisher:Parkhurst Brothers Publishers IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1624911153

ISBN - 13:9781624911156


From the Author

J. August (Jim) Lithen has lived his life in the village of Marion, MI. He was the editor and publisher of a monthly village newspaper, The Marion Millennium, until August of the year 2000. For the final issue of his publication, Jim published a historical and contemporary prospectus regarding the Middle Branch of the Muskegon River and the Marion Millpond, a dammed body of river water located entirely within the corporate limits of the village of Marion. The thrust for this undertaking was the State of Michigan, which at the time was proposing, for ecological reasons, to remove the Marion dam and millpond. Since its inception in 1879 the millpond, also known as Lake Marion during the middle years of the 20th century, had long been central to the identity of the village. Jim felt that because of the village’s attachment to this dammed body of river water and the growing controversy regarding its possible removal, that a thorough examination of such was timely and essential.   While researching the material for the final issue of The Marion Millennium, Jim continuously stumbled across new and unknown information, not only about the origin of Marion Township, but also about the fledging community of Clarkes Mill, which the village of Marion was then called.  Beyond that, information surfaced, shedding new light on the origin of Marion’s Osceola County and in particular its northeast quadrant. As a result, Jim was suddenly and unexpectedly exposed to a stimulating body of historical information that, if researched further and presented properly, portended to not only enrich the region’s historical profile, but possibly to challenge a few deeply engrained beliefs.   For the story to be told, somebody had to tell it, to research and record in meticulous detail what actually happened. This book has taken ten winters, the first three spent in research only, the remainder in intermittent research and full-time writing, at which Jim has labored to not only inform but also entertain the reader. It seems the import of any viable historical undertaking is to encourage mankind in the understanding of himself and his world. In this case that has been hopefully accomplished by telling the long story of those that have come before, a long story diligently rooted in the best efforts at detail and truth.

Read from the Book

“A mature forest had taken root on the slants of the vacant Missaukee mounds and nature had been at work for two hundred years filling in the surrounding moats by the timeEast Coast colonists arrived and began keeping the first written records of man on North American soil. This was the beginning of North America’s historical period and in no way did it become more pronounced than by the fur trade. This pursuit of furbearing wealth began about the time colonists stepped off the first boats, and would ultimately lead to an aggressive European exploration of the mid-continent with Michigan becoming a pivotal locus.”

Editorial Reviews

… Jim Lithen has spent thousands of hours in libraries reading old newspapers and taking notes. He read endless local histories and talked with many interesting and interested folks who had a kernel or two of truth to offer. The result is The Road to Marion Town, a book that makes history come alive, for which the history lover, truth seeker and storyteller in many of us will be truly thankful.”