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When a person looks around the city of Vassar, it is hard to imagine that this was once a vast cork pine forest in the Saginaw Valley. Townsend North, along with his brothers-in-law James and Newton Edmunds, came to settle the land in 1849. Vassar quickly went from a small lumber camp to a fast-growing village and would be known for setting many records for Tuscola County, including being the first county seat. Vassar also had the first newspaper, the first house of worship, the first schools, and so much more. In later years, it would also become the only city in the county. Vassar became a lot like Mayberry, in the fact that everyone knows everyone and there is a small town atmosphere that draws people to town. This became well known in 1949, when Vassar celebrated its 100th birthday. To this day, Vassar is still known for its small-town charm.The Cork Pine City Chad Audinet ... In the early 1900s, however, the Moore Drain was dug from the farmersa#39; fields in the country straight through the heart of town to connect to the river. Floods became more prevalent as not only the river, but now the drain ditch too, overflowed their banks. ... Some businesses were flooded threequarters of the way to the second floor; in those that had one floor, the water was nearly at roof level. This flood gave Vassar a stigma that has affected theanbsp;...

Author: Chad Audinet
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2010-07-05

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