The Horse and Carriage

The first settlers were brought in by boat to the nearest docking point and worked for the lumber companies. They walked to their work and to their homes. The man who owned a horse for riding was lucky indeed, since most of the horses were used for work along with the oxen. As they began to earn money for more than the absolute necessities of life, some of the farmers were able to purchase a buggy and this was used both winter and summer to travel into town and from neighbor to neighbor for visiting.

Hitching posts were found outside all the business places in the village. Many a weary traveler would tie his horse up at the hitching post while he made arrangements at the local hotel for the nights lodging. There were horse barns where the traveler could leave his horse overnight and where it would receive food and care until the traveler would call for him in the morning and be on his way. Many of the old timers can still tell stories of the two day journey into Alpena or Rogers City for supplies or to visit relatives.

The Horseless Carriage

The horseless carriage was a boon to all travelers. But at the same time, it presented some vast problems to the Township, County, and Village governments. Roads had to be built over which these contraptions could travel. The first automobile in Posen was owned by Michael Elowsky and his son, Emil. The Alpena Flyer was manufactured in Alpena in a plant located where the Besser Company now stands. It was a powerful machine with a four cylinder Rutenberg engine and could attain a speed of 40 to 50 m.p.h. One of the outstanding features of this auto was the right hand drive. It was among the first of its kind.