Algansee Township, Michigan

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Algansee Township is a civil township of Branch County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 2,061.

There are no incorporated municipalities in the primarily agricultural township. The only concentrated settlement is the unincorporated community of Algansee, located at 41°49′57″N 84°52′51″W / 41.8325°N 84.88083°W / 41.8325; -84.88083.[3]

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History

It is believed that Luther Stiles and Ludovicus Robbins were the first white permanent settlers in the territory now known as Algansee Township. Although total strangers, by a curious coincidence both moved their families into the township on the same day. The Rev. Robbins led, but became mired in the mud, and Stiles passed him, thus by an hour or so, Mr. Stiles appears to be the original settler.

The township was formed from Quincy Township by the Michigan Legislature on April 2, 1838. The first township meeting and election were held at the house of Horace Purdy early in May 1838. In their petition to the legislature, the settlers suggested the name "Carlton," but the legislature, without explanation, instead selected the name "Algansee". It is thought the name was an invention of Henry Schoolcraft, who had similarly invented the names of many other Michigan counties and townships by blending elements from diverse Native American languages with other languages such as Latin and Arabic. The precise origin and intended meaning is unknown.

Algansee Township assumed its current boundaries on March 25, 1846, when California Township was set off with a separate civil township government.[4][5]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.5 km2), of which, 35.6 square miles (92.1 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km2) of it (1.50%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,061 people, 746 households, and 561 families residing in the township. The population density was 58.0 per square mile (22.4/km²). There were 970 housing units at an average density of 27.3/sq mi (10.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.69% White, 0.19% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.29% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

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