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BRIDGEVILLE

1202       HISTORY OF GRATIOT COUNTY.

This small burg is in Washington Township on the south side of the Maple at the point where the river is spanned by the state road bridge, 11 miles directly south of Ithaca, and within a mile of the south county line. The town was started in the early 60s with some aspirations, and was for several years quite an important and convenient stopping place for travelers on their trips to and from the north woods.

John Hicks, of St. Johns, had property interests there and in 1864 had some of his land platted that is to say, the west fractional half of the southwest fractional quarter of section 30, Washington Township. The town never attained large proportions, and in late years business has become so reduced that one store constitutes the sole business institution of the place; H. D. Lewis, proprietor.

Bridgeville was given a post office August 10, 1865. On that date William P. Bolds received the appointment of postmaster. His successors were Edward Y. Kelley, February 8, 1869; James Sturgis, January 15, 1872; Edward Y. Kelley, December 29, 1879; Isaac P. Stanley, December 22, 1886. Discontinued January 28, 1896, mail to go to Pompeii.

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