D. B. Mudgett
D. B. MUDGETT, one of the leading citizens of Alcona County, is a native of New Hampshire and was born in the year 1839. His parents moved to the State of New York, where he lived until the breaking out of the war. In July, 1861, he enlisted in Company F., Thirty-Fourth Regiment New York Volunteers, and was in the service three years. During a portion of that time he was an
inmate of Libby prison, and experienced its severest hardships and cruelties. Few survivors know better what was endured there than he. In 1867 he made up his mind to go West and make a home, and he came with his family to Harrisville. He had a team of no great value, and was engaged in jobbing and whatever he could find to do. In 1869 he purchased 280 acres of land about three miles from the village of Harrisville and began to carve out a fortune. He was heavily in debt, but his operations both in farming and
lumbering were successful, and many years had not passed until he had attained a position of independence. He now has 200 acres of land under cultivation, fine buildings and the finest farm on the shore. He is still engaged in lumbering. He has a wife and four children. Two children have been taken from them by death. No man on the Shore sustains a better reputation in all his movements, but is liberal and enterprising in every measure that is calculated to be of benefit. In all that he does he aims to the best, as is attested by his lumbering equipment, stock and farm.
(Bibliography: “History of the Lake Huron Shore and Its People with Illustrations & Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Pioneers”, 1883, Chicago, Page 276)