Sixty-five years ago this township was an almost unbroken wilderness and our pleasant village existed not even in imagination. A few settlements were made and in the session of 1850-51 the Legislature passed the necessary enabling act and Bloomer township was first known to Geography.
On the first Monday in April, 1852, the first town meeting was held at the home of Anderson Miner. There were about 20 votes polled, the ballot box being Mrs. Miner’s table knife box. There was no caucus, every man writing and casting his own ballot as he chose. Mrs. Miner prepared dinner for the entire company. At this time there were no bridges and people either forded or crossed on logs. The only person now living who attended this town meeting is Daniel Hunt of the village. The following fall T.O. Warner of Lyons township, Ionia Co. made of black walnut the first ballot box the township every owned and M.J. Miner walked down and carried it back home with him, and this was used until 1892.
The name of the township is said to have been suggested by the style then in vogue of the ladies wearing bloomers.
The road from Hubbardston to Carson City was along the east side of Fish Creek and a part of the way as late as 1854 was followed by blazed trees.
The first Post-office was in Gratiot Co., but the man becoming tired of the house moved it over to R.M. Abbott’s house which is the house owned and occupied by Wm. Hoffman. Mr. Abbott wishing to have everything all right had his son Wm. appointed Postmaster. The Post-office was called East Bloomer. The mail was carried from Palo to this place on horseback twice a week. Mr. Abbott carried the mail for several years.
In 1853 the settlers of East Bloomer held a school meeting and decided to build a schoolhouse. They accordingly put up a log building which was nearly square, about 12 feet. It had two half windows of six lights each, the benches were split from basswood logs and set up on pins. It had a fire-place such as was common in those days, made of stones and mud and a stick chimney on the outside. Almira Miner was secured to teach this school, and it is said by some that she received $1.00 per week and boarded around, but others doubt the ability of the early settlers to raise so large a sum. This schoolhouse was on the corner now occupied by the Miller House. The next schoolhouse was a small frame building just east of where the pumping station now stands and was afterward used by the Church of God people as a church. It is now used for a barn on the L.M. Lyon property. The population having outgrown this small structure a two-story building was erected which is now used as a G.A.R. Hall. The number of pupils outgrew this building and an addition was made by erecting the building now used by Mrs. Evey for a millinery store, and two teachers were added. In 1888 our modern schoolhouse was built.
In 1854 through the efforts of a Mrs. Bishop the first Sunday School was established in the little log schoolhouse. The first teachers were Rev. Charles Chick, Hiram Hunt, Gaius Lulham, and Miss Almira Miner. The first church was the First Baptist, built in 1876, and was also used by the Methodists Episcopal people as a place of worship. Later three lots were secured by the M.E. people two of them being donated by Robert Abbott and his wife. A union Sabbath School was also held in the Baptist Church.
The first frame house was that build by R.M. Abbott and now owned by Wm. Hoffman, and the second was built by Joseph Roop and is now owned by Mrs. Mary Moore.
The village was platted on land owned by R.M. Abbott, Delia Miner, and H.T. Sherman Oct. 10th, 1866, and recorded Feb. 28th 1872. Since then several additions have been made.
In August 1866 there came to East Bloomer, John and Thomas Ladue and their uncle Thomas Scott. On Fish Creek they improved the waterpower now used by the Carson City grist mill. The first lot sold in the village was to these gentlemen for the purpose of erecting a saw mill which was built in the early winter of 1866 and 1867. This mill was burned in November 1892 and was never rebuilt. In 1868 a grist mill was built by these same men and at present the same building is owned and occupied by Lyon & Daniels.
These mills gave the village a start and the building and business interests grew very rapidly. Addison Mack bought a lot and built a small store building near the grist mill and opened the first stock of goods in Carson City. He also succeeded Mr. Abbott as Postmaster. The first hardware was kept by Sullivan Felch.
It is said that the naming of the village was suggested by Thomas Scott who came from Carson City, Nevada. He said that Carson City, Nevada grew so rapidly, perhaps this village might do the same, and through the efforts of Hiram Sherman it was finally named Carson City.
The first cemetery was on lots owned by L.M. Lyon.