Just found this while researching something else:
Gladwin County Record, May 16, 1890 (Meredith news item): C. L. Mabie and company have bought the grocery stock of John Shippey, and are doing a rushing business.
Meredith was once, for a short time, the biggest town in Gladwin county. It was a lumber boom town with many saloons and very few families. It had a bawdy reputation, but by 1890 the county was becoming home to more farmers who pulled stumps and tilled the recently cutover forest land. By this time the County seat had been established at Gladwin and Meredith was very slowly starting its decline -- a decline which probably did not appear to inevitable to people of the time.
Since there was no 1890 census, maybe someone out there is looking for this guy and had no idea where to find him. He most likely was not there by the time of the 1900 census.
Hope this helps someone . . .
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