Alma (Images of America) by David McMacken

By David McMacken

Ralph Ely, founding father of Alma, chosen 10 acres of previous woodland at the financial institution of the Pine River in 1853. during this central-Michigan desolate tract, he equipped a log cabin, a log shop, and steam-powered mills--a sawmill and a gristmill. first and foremost, his turning out to be payment used to be referred to as Elyton, yet inside many years, it was once renamed Alma, memorializing a conflict within the Crimean warfare. Alma used to be energized by means of the purchase of millionaire lumberman and entrepreneur Ammi W. Wright, who poured his assets into town. Wright inspired the institution of Alma collage in 1886 and the nation Masonic domestic for the aged in 1911. Wright laid the rules for Alma's nice Republic Truck corporation, the most important particular maker of vans on the earth through 1920. the invention of a number of oil fields triggered the institution of 2 oil refineries in Alma within the Thirties and kept town from the doldrums of the good melancholy. via the Fifties, Alma was once a key nationwide producer of condominium trailers and cellular houses. This photographic landscape displays the city's fiscal cycles and its associations that experience given Alma an enviable balance in the course of the years.

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