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By David McMacken

Ralph Ely, founding father of Alma, chosen 10 acres of outdated woodland at the financial institution of the Pine River in 1853. during this central-Michigan barren region, he equipped a log cabin, a log shop, and steam-powered mills--a sawmill and a gristmill. firstly, his starting to be cost used to be known as Elyton, yet inside of many years, it was once renamed Alma, memorializing a conflict within the Crimean battle. Alma used to be energized by means of the purchase of millionaire lumberman and entrepreneur Ammi W. Wright, who poured his assets into town. Wright inspired the institution of Alma collage in 1886 and the nation Masonic domestic for the aged in 1911. Wright laid the rules for Alma's nice Republic Truck corporation, the most important particular maker of vans on the earth by way of 1920. the invention of numerous oil fields brought on the institution of 2 oil refineries in Alma within the Thirties and stored the city from the doldrums of the good melancholy. via the Fifties, Alma was once a key nationwide producer of apartment trailers and cellular houses. This photographic landscape displays the city's monetary cycles and its associations that experience given Alma an enviable balance during the years.

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