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Situated along US-41, at its intersection with County Road 348, Ingalls is between Wallace and Stephenson, in Menominee County, in the southeastern portion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Ingalls is one of only two named communities in Mellen Township, the other one being Wallace, less than four miles to the south. Cities and villages within twenty miles of Ingalls include Stephenson, Daggett, Carney, and Menominee, as well as the Wisconsin localities of McAllister, Wagner, and Marinette.

The Little Cedar River is in the western portion of the community.

Ingalls is a small, unincorporated community, with only a few streets. Because the locality is neither incorporated nor a census-designated place, there are no population figures for Ingalls, but there are fewer than 1,300 in the entire township, and Wallace is larger than Ingalls. It is also true that a large percentage of the township's population resides outside of either of its named communities. I grew up in Wallace, so I am familiar with Mellen Township.

The first European-American settler in the area that was to become Ingalls was Thomas Caldwell, who cleared a homestead in 1858. Jesse Hamilton began farming in 1860 near the mouth of a small stream that joins the Little Cedar River. Other early farmers included Amos Landon, John B. Miller, Albert Grant, Charles e. McIntyre, John Bebo, and Oliver Shampo.

The settlement was named for Judge Eleazer Stillman Ingalls, who was instrumental in organizing Menominee County in 1863. The Chicago & Northwestern Railroad opened a station in Ingalls in 1872, and a post office was established on June 20, 1879. Louis Dobeas, who had purchased the Thomas Caldwell farm, became the first postmaster, operating the office from a general store that he ran. The post office was closed on August 31, 1951, but was reopened at a later date, and continues in operation.

Norwood Bowers built a mill in Ingalls in 1880, but it burned a few years later. Ira Carley and E.L. Parmenter built a larger mill and were engaged in the lumbering industry. Parmenter Street was named for Mr. Parmenter, and Carley Street was named for Mr. Carley, who became the sole owner of the operations in 1892 and also operated a general store and a cattle farm. Other early businesses include a general store run by A. Barker, a meat market by Hans Paulson, a blacksmith shop by Joseph Baril, and a livery stable by George Brock.

The focus of this category is on the small community of Ingalls, Michigan. Websites representing any businesses, churches, organizations, attractions, or events within the community are appropriate resources. There are not very many of them. Although there are commercial businesses in Ingalls, as well as Corey's Auto Salvage, a large automobile salvage yard, most of them do not have websites, at least not at this time.



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