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The Chesaning Argonaut

Grain Mill and Dam

Chesaning in 1877, Part 2: The Dam

Even though Chesaning was founded as an agricultural settlement, no 19th century community could survive without a sawmill, and out here on what was still the frontier, the only practical means of driving a mill was through the power of water…

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Chesaning in 1877, Part 1: East Village

Now that we have determined our starting point (or rather had one determined for us by the vagaries of historical preservation), the next step is to develop an understanding of the physical layout of the village. This will make it easier to track the development of Chesaning over time.

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The Chesaning Argus

The Chesaning Argus, October 31, 1877

We begin with the very first issue of The Chesaning Argus, brought to us courtesy of its two young publishers, Dewitt Clinton Ashmun and George La Munyon. The village had benefited from having its own locally produced news sources in the past, but had been without a regular newspaper ever since The Chesaning Times had ceased publication in 1874.

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