Town of Vassar

Taken from The History of Tuscola County, Biographical Sketches and Illustrations, H. R. Page Co., Chicago, 1883. Transcribed by Bonnie Petee.


An act of legislature approved March 2, 1851, provided that township 11 north, of range 8 east, and townships 11, 12, 13 and 14 north, of ranges 9, 10 and 11 east, be set off from the township of Tuscola, and organized into a separate town by the name of Vassar. It will thus be seen that when first organized, Vassar covered an area of thirteen townships, but was relieved two years later by the organization of Indian Fields which took from it nine townships.

The present boundaries of Vassar are as follows: north by Denmark and Juniata; east by Fremont and Watertown; south by Millington and Tuscola, and west by Tuscola. The Cass River runs in a southwesterly direction across the northwest corner of the township.

The territory of the town was enlarged and its boundaries slightly changed in 1865 by the annexation of two half sections from the township of Tuscola. This was done to bring the village of Vassar wholly in Vassar Township. This change was authorized by act of legislature approved March 9, 1865, which read as follows: that the east half of sections 1 and 12 of the township of Tuscola, in the county of Tuscola, be and the same hereby is detached from the township of Tuscola, and is annexed to the said township of Vassar are hereby so changed as to include the said half sections above described.

Provided, That the said detached territory shall still be deemed a part of the township of Tuscola for the purpose of filling the quota of said township under the call of the president for volunteers made in December, 1864, and for the further purpose of paying all bounties heretofore pledged by said township to volunteers and remaining unpaid, and to these ends said territory shall be liable precisely as it would have been had this act not passed.

The settlement of the town has been confined almost wholly to the northwestern portion, in the vicinity of Vassar village. The early history of the town is entirely comprised in that of the village.

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April 1998

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