History of Larimer County, Colorado 978.868 Watrous, A published 1911 page402-403 Frank Michaud-This is the story of the stand-bys of Larimer county.He came to Colorado the first time fifty-four yeas ago and has been a resident of the county since 1871, a period of forty years.He is widely known and highly esteemed for his many splendid traits of character. Mr. Michaud was born October 13th, 1837, at Isle Verte, province of Quebec, Canada, where he received his education in the public schools.He married Aurelia Paradis, August 19th, 1867, at Trois Pistoles, Canada, and they have four children, Joseph and Anna Michaud, Mrs. Helen Willox and Mrs. Mary Bogard, all of Fort Collins.In 1856.Mr. Michaud went into the lumber woods of Northern Wisconsin and rafted lumber down the Wisconsin river from Wausau to Prairie du Chien and other river towns on the Mississippi. In 1857, he drifted to St. Louis and hired out to Col. Bent to drive an ox team loaded with freight to Bent’s fort in the Arkansas river valley.He made the trip without incident or serious accident, returning to St. Louis in 1858 and drove a government train to Fort Union, New Mexico.He then went to New Orleans, but not being pleased with conditions there, returned to his startingpoint and in the spring of 1859, arrived in Denver.After spending three months in the mines at Central City, he returned to Denver and took up 160 acres of land on the Platte river bottom, near the present town of Brighton.He was the first man in Colorado to declare his intentions to become a citizen of the United States.This was in the spring of 1861.He remained on his ranch near Brighton, making hay and raising vegetables for the Denver market until 1871, when he traded the ranch with Joseph Mason for the farm in the Cache’ la Poudre valley on which he still lives.Since coming to Larimer county he has taken an active interest in public affairs and has been road overseer of his district for eleven years and school directorfor twenty years.He is regarded as one of the best citizens of the country, intelligent, honest and upright.