Lake

Lake County started of in 1840 as Aischum County after a chief.  In 1843, the county was renamed for the area lakes.  The first, non-Native American settler to the area was Lorenzo Conklin.  He settled there in 1862. 

There are fifteen townships in Lake County.  The townships are Chase, Cherry Valley, Dover, Eden, Elk, Ellsworth, Lake, Newkirk, Peacock, Pinora, Pleasant Plains, Sauble, Sweetwater, Webber, and Yates.  Some of the communities in the area are Baldwin, Luther, Idlewild, Chase, and Branch.

Surrounding counties are Manistee, Wexford, Osceola, Newaygo, Mason.

Selected general works

Judkins, LaVerne M.
Going farther. 1959.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.L2 J83 1959

Wen, Pehyun.
Idlewild : a Negro village in Lake County, Michigan. 1972
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH 4N  F574.I34 W47 1972

Lake County Historical Society.
Lake County, 1871-1960. 2009.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N    SD144.M5 L355 2009

Richmond, Albert.
A history of the early settlers of Big Bass Lake. 1900s.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N    F 572 .L2 R53z

Baldwin history : rewritten from information from Alice Wilder & Bessie Duffing. 1900s.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N    F574.B166 B3 1900z 

Selected newspapers

Baldwin, Mich.
The Lake County star. 1911-1992, 1994-2011.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Luther, Mich.
The Luther observer. 1929-1932.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Consolidated Publishing Company.
Map of Lake County, Michigan. 1900.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLAT FILE 2N  Undersize G4113.L2 1900 .C66 1900z

W.W. Hixson & Co.
Plat book of Lake County, Michigan. 1930s.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  G 1413 .L2 H5 1930

Lake County plat book: and information book. 1965.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N    G 1413 .L2 G46 L35 1965

Lakes and Streams Resort Association
Lake County in the Manistee National Forest. 1931?
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH FLAT FILE 4N  Undersize F572.L2 L3 1931 

Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

Kelley, Carol J.
Lake County tombstone inscriptions. 1973.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.L2 K444 1973

Dostal, Fred W.
Fact book : Lake County. 1956.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.L2 D67z

Selected government publications

United States. Office of Economic Opportunity. Information Center.
Community profile, Lake County, Michigan. 1967?
LIB OF MICH US DOCS 4S  PrEx 10.9/5:L 14

Updated 1/28/2018