Gladwin County, Michigan
Location within the U.S. state of Michigan
Michigan's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Henry Gladwin|
|• Total||516 sq mi (1,340 km2)|
|• Land||502 sq mi (1,300 km2)|
|• Water||14 sq mi (40 km2) 2.7%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||51/sq mi (20/km2)|
Gladwin County is a headwaters area. Most of the water that flows out of the county via the Tittabawasee River comes from Gladwin County, only a very small portion flows in from Clare or Roscommon counties. Native Americans crossed this area, and even spent summers here where the fishing was good and summer berries plentiful.
Research is underway to determine the importance of an ancient trail that was noted by the crew of the 1839 re-survey of Township 17 north Range 2 west, which later became Beaverton Township. The eastern terminus of the "Muskegon River Trail" was plotted at the confluence of the three branches of the Tobacco (Assa-mo-quoi-Sepe) River in the northwest corner of Section 12. It is possible that an early cross-country route from Saginaw Bay to Lake Michigan proceeded up the Saginaw, Tittabawasee, and Tobacco Rivers to a point west across Ross Lake from the Beaverton City Cemetery. At that point, the canoes would be portaged along the trail to the Muskegon River, then floated down to Lake Michigan.
Many native artifacts have been found along that route that attest to seasonal occupation, but so far no signs have been found to indicate a permanent settlement.
The earliest documented visitors to the area were surveyors who platted the lands under provision of the 1787 Northwest Ordinance. Most of the early work was completed during the 1830s, although some of the survey work was faulty - the surveyors reportedly doubted that the area would ever be settled.
The earliest census to mention residents in the area was in 1860.
The year 2011 marked 150 years since the first permanent settler of record, Marvel Secord, took up residence along the Tittabawassee River in what is now Secord Township. He was a trapper and trader who provided supplies to lumbering camps in the area. Another man, William Brayton, may have been an earlier settler; the 1860 census listed 14 residents, including two families with children. Of these, 11 were associated with lumbering camps that had begun to appear that year, and three were listed as "hunters." One of the "day laborers" at a camp had brought his wife to the area. The first issue of the Gladwin County Record (1878) mentions his 20 acres (8 Ha) of wheat under cultivation. His stepson, Dr. Russell E. Finch arrived in the area in 1875, becoming the county's first physician. William Brayton died in 1895. His claim to being the first permanent settler appears valid, except that just before the 1880 census was taken he and his wife went to Lynn, Massachusetts to care for his dying father. He returned to Gladwin after settling his father's estate in 1882, thus missing being included in the Gladwin County census for 1880.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 516 square miles (1,340 km2), of which 502 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (2.7%) is water. It is the second-smallest county in Michigan by total area. Gladwin County is sometimes considered to be a part of Central Michigan, and at other times is included in Northern Michigan.
- M-18 – runs north-south through the west part of the county. It runs south along the west line from the county's NW corner for 5 miles (8 km), then runs east and south to Gladwin, then west and south to Beaverton. It exits the county at 6 miles (9.6 km) from the SW county corner, running to an intersection with US 10.
- M-30 – enters the NE part of county 2 miles (3.2 km) south of NE corner. Runs westerly through the northern part of county, then turns to run south through the center part of county. Passes White Star and Billings before exiting south line of county near its midpoint.
- M-61 – runs east-west through center part of county. Passes Gladwin and White Star.
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census, of 2000, there were 26,023 people, 10,561 households, and 7,614 families in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 16,828 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.65% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.1% were of German, 11.5% American, 11.1% English, 9.4% Irish, 7.3% Polish and 6.4% French ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.3% spoke English, 1.7% German and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.
There were 10,561 households out of which 27.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.85.
The county population contained 23.20% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 24.20% from 25 to 44, 27.80% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,019, and the median income for a family was $37,090. Males had a median income of $33,871 versus $21,956 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,614. About 10.40% of families and 13.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 7.30% of those age 65 or over.
Gladwin County has been reliably Republican from the beginning. Since 1884, the Republican Party nominee has carried the county vote in 85% of the elections (29 of 34 elections).
The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, records deeds, mortgages, and vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget and has limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.
- Prosecuting Attorney: Aaron W. Miller
- Sheriff: Michael Shea
- County Clerk: Laura Brandon-Maveal
- County Treasurer: Christy VanTiem
- Register of Deeds: Ann Manning-Clayton
- Drain Commissioner: Robert "Bob" Evans
- Road Commissioners: Doyle Donn; _ Cameron, Robert T. Brabon
- Commissioner Dist. 1 – Charles Hinman
- Commissioner Dist. 2 – Terry Walters
- Commissioner Dist. 3 – Sandra Aultman
- Commissioner Dist. 4 – Sharron Smith
- Commissioner Dist. 5 – Don Birgel
(information as of 2018)
- List of Michigan State Historic Sites in Gladwin County, Michigan
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Gladwin County, Michigan
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- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 17, 2019.
- "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
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- US Election Atlas
- The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 549 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 85 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 25 votes, and Socialist Labor candidate Arthur Reimer received 5 votes.
- Departments Gladwin County website (accessed 2 October 2018)
- Gladwin County government
- Gladwin City government
- Beaverton City government
- Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce
- Gladwin County Economic Development Corp.
- Gladwinmi.com (hosted by the Gladwin County Record)
- "Bibliography on Gladwin County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University.
- Gladwin County Historical Society
- Gladwin County District Library
- Gladwin Community Schools
- Beaverton Rural Schools