Carrollton was a great place to grow up in during the 70’s and 80’s, the school was small, but everyone knew everyone, and my friends and I would ride our bicycles all around the township, and hang out together long before there was social media. I spent a lot of time at 7-11 jamming quarters into the Galaga machine. During the fall months there was the smell of sugar beets. Yeah I know, it did not smell all that great, but it brings back memories when I get a whiff of the beets in Bay City.
Carrollton’s beginings go back to 1835 when a Dr Carroll started purchasing land in the area, and in 1864 the village wass given a post office and the town named after him. The township was organized under authority given by the Board of Supervisors, Jan. 4, 1866. In the early days of Carrollton, many saw mills and salt works were constructed along the banks of the Saginaw River. In 1871 W.B. Mershon built a saw mill in Carrollton, and that is where my story begins. My Great grandfather on my dads side immigrated from Poland to the United States at the turn of the century. After entering the country at Ellis Island, he had a friend or relative, that worked for Mershon, and he got him a job working at the sawmill. My grandmother told me she grew up in a house on Carroltton Road near Bruce’s Bar, but the house was torn down to make the loop for the exit off 675. My grandfather was born in 1910 and grew up in a house on N. Michigan near the railroad tracks.
After my parents, got married they bought their first house in Carrollton not far from where my grandparents grew up. Shortly after in 1970 that was when I was born and grew up in Carrollton and going to school there. I even got my first job working in Carrollton at Ray’s Food Fair if anyone remember’s those before there was Mejier’s Thrifty Acres.
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