I'm just curious if anyone researching Gratiot County ancestors would know some of the local activities and changes in the community that would draw folks to the area in and around 1880/90.Unfortunately the 1890 Census is not available to assist.
I've been researching a Woodmansee family (Benjamin & Jane (Luce) Woodmansee, of LaGrange, OH), who moved to the area.I'm guessing between 1887 and 1893, because they had a son in 1887 in OH, and then Benjamin F. Woodmansee died in or around Elba TWP (Gratiot County) in 1893.He is at rest in the North Star Cemetery with dates 1838-1893.
A newspaper search in LaGrange, OH, using the Woodmansee name pointed me to Gratiot County.The Lorain County newspapers are quite abundant via Ancestry.com.It noted how David F. Woodmansee and parents (would be Bradley B. Woodmansee and Sylvina M. Sheldon) were called to Gratiot County to see their brother / son because he was not expected to live long.The very next day, there is a second very short article about how he passed away.
Benjamin's wife Jane (Luce) Woodmansee moved back to LaGrange, OH, and married an Egbert Hastings, information that I already have.In the 1900 Census, they are listed with Roy Woodmansee, step son, b. 1887 OH, age 12. So, this is how I picked up on where they were in 1887.
I'm very curious to know if other researchers have information on specific activities that would have drawn families to the area, such as specific lumber, manufacturing, railroad installation, and other such work.