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ALMA (1854): One historical source credits the name origin to a man named Charles Wyvell who was intrigued with the Crimean War Battle of 1854, fought on the banks of the Alma River in Crimea. Others say it was named after Dr. Stephen O. Alma, the first manager of the Newbold Lumber Company of Shongo (which was once known as Beanville. Also in the township is the hamlet of Allentown, famous for its oil history. Formed from Willing November 23, 1854.
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