Dexter ‘Village’ Council Minutes 1869 to 1959 Digitized, Available to Public

If you’re a local history buff, then you’ll very much appreciate the city of Dexter’s recent initiative to digitize written meeting minutes going all the way back to the 19th century when events that are currently honored as cherished history by the Dexter Area Historical Society were just the latest news of the day for the founders and settlers of the village of Dexter.

The minutes are available online at this embedded link to the city’s website, where clusters of embedded images are organized by year.

It’s a really fun collection of documents to explore. So far, we’ve gotten a kick out of seeing the word cattle mentioned in the same sentence as Baker Road and seeing that the council paid just $1.20 in fees to The Dexter Leader for printing legal notices while having just $3,377.09 in the bank as a rainy day fund or general fund balance on Feb. 28, 1932.

We’d love to hear what you find scanning over these old documents. Please share your discoveries in our Facebook comments, which also appear on this page.

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