The first recorded plat of what is now the village of Saranac was made in May, 1851, by A. F. Bell. The village proprietor was Louis S. Lovell, and the village was called " Boston." It occupied the south fraction of the west half of the southwest quarter of section 1, and the south fraction of the southeast quarter of section 2. Mercer's addition to the village of Huston was recorded Aug. 19, 1856. The survey commenced at the southwest corner of the east half of the southwest quarto of section, running thence north through the centre of Vesper Street to the centre of the highway running from Ionia to Boston (distance, nine chains twenty-five links) , then along the centre of said highway to the east line of Pleasant Street (distance, eleven chains and fitly links); thence along the east Huh of Pleasant Street south to the section-line (distance, nine chains twenty-five links); thence west eleven chains and fifty links to the place of beginning.
Wilson & Chipman's addition to the village of Saranac was recorded May 15, 1868, by C. C. Van Tamil, C. C. Hinckley, Abraham Pike, S. A. Childs, A. U. Barber, Samuel Wilson, Ami Chipman, Peter Schcidt, Jacob Schindorf, and Mary Clement. The survey commenced at the northeast corner of section II, and continued south on the section-line eighteen rods; thence south fifty-seven and a half degrees west thirty rods; thence south eighty-two and a half degrees west fifty-five rods and eight links to the west line of the east half of the northeast quarter of said section; thence north on the west line of the said lot forty-two rods and twenty-one links to the northwest corner of Said lot; those east on the north line of said lot eighty rods to the place of beginning. A second survey commenced at the southwest corner of the east half of the south fraction of the southeast quarter of section 2, running thence east on the section-line thirty-nine rods and eleven links to the west line of the mill property; thence north along the west line of said mill property to a point twenty and a half rods north of the south Hue of said section ; thence west twelve rods; thence north seven rods twenty-two and a half links to a point four rods south of the centre line of the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad; thence south sixty-five degrees west on the line of said railroad thirty rods to the west line of said lot; thence south on the west line of said lot fifteen rods to the place of beginning.
S. L. Shaw's addition to the village of Saranac was made May 20, 1872, and commenced at a point twenty rods east and sixteen rods south of the northwest corner of section 12, running thence cast forty-one rods and twenty links to a point seventeen rods and nineteen and one-half links west, and sixteen rods south of the northeast corner of the west half of the northwest quarter of said section 12; thence South parallel with said section-line eighty-five rods and ten links; thence west forty-one rods and twenty links; thence north eighty-five rods and ten links to the place of beginning.
In 1859, in obedience to a general request, the name of the village was changed from "Boston" to "Saranac." The ostensible reason was because the similarity of " Boston, Mich.," to " Boston, Mass.," occasioned confusion in the transmission of the mails; but the real reason was that the inhabitants did not like "Boston" as a village name and preferred " Saranac " by reason of its having been the earliest bestowed.
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