Osceola

Unwattin County was the original name of Osceola County.  It was given to the county in 1840.  By 1843, the Unwattin changed to Osceola, named for a chief of the Seminole tribe.  Delos A. Blodgett is the first settler of the county. 

Sixteen townships make up Osceola County.  Those townships are Burdell, Cedar, Evart, Hartwick, Hersey, Highland, LeRoy, Lincoln, Marion, Middle Branch, Orient, Osceola, Richmond, Rose Lake, Sherman, and Sylvan.  The cities and villages of Osceola are Evart, Reed City, Hersey, LeRoy, Marion, and Tustin.

Surrounding counties are Missaukee, Wexford, Clare, Lake and Mecosta.

Selected general works

Chapman Brothers.
Portrait and biographical album of Osceola County. 1884.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.O7 P8 1884 

White, Marjorie Brown.
One hundred going on two hundred: Reed City centennial. 1975
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F574.R45 W5 

Curtis, Kathleen K.
School days gone by. 1998.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.O7 C87 1998 

Rose, Charles L.
Notes from diaries, letters and newspapers regarding the history of Evart, Michigan. 1972.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F574.E87 N68 1972 

LeRoy Area Historical Society
The chronicles of LeRoy. 1999.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F574.L476 C48 1999 

Selected newspapers

Reed City.
Reed City Weekly Clarion. 1885-1910.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Reed City.
Osceola County Herald. 1918-1938, 1950, 1974-1978.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Reed City.
Osceola County Democrat. 1886-1887, 1889-1909.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Tustin.
Tustin Times. 1902-1944.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Evart.
Evart Review. 1872-1971, 1979-1985, 1987-2000.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Rockford Map Publishers.
Triennial atlas & plat book, Osceola County, Michigan. 1970.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   G 1413 .O6 R63  1970 

Reed City : Herald Print
Map of Osceola County. 1949.
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH MAPS 4N   Undersize G4113.O6 1949 .O7 

Myers, P. A.
Plat book of Osceola County, Michigan: drawn from actual surveys and the county records. 1990.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S  F566 .C67 1973 r.67 no.209 

Michigan. Department of Conservation.
Osceola County. 1946
LIB OF MICH MICH DOCS FLAT FILE 2N  G4113.O6E63 1946 .M53 c.2        

Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

Kinseeker Publications
Osceola County tombstone inscriptions. 1990.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.O7 O82 1990

Holmes, Howard W.
Civil War veterans and widows of Osceola County, Michigan. 1973.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S  F572.O7 C4 1970a  r.2 

Holmes, Howard W., Pierce, Alberta B.
Cemeteries of Osceola County, Michigan. 1970-1971
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S  F572.O7 C4 1970a  r.1-2

Lincoln/Chang family
Index to the United States census, 1870-1930, for eastern Osceola County, Michigan. 2005.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.O7 I53 2005 

Lincoln/Chang family
Index to the United States census, 1860-1930, for western Osceola County, Michigan. 2004.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.O7 I53 2004 

Selected government publications

United States. Office of Economic Opportunity. Information Center.
Community profile, Osceola County, Michigan. 1967.
LIB OF MICH US DOCS 4S  PrEx 10.9/5:Os 1 

Michigan Department of Commerce, Business Information
Economic profile of Osceola County. 1975, 1977, 1986.
LIB OF MICH - MICH DOCS 2S   HC107.M5 A1 Osceola

Updated 12/03/2018