Friday, November 25, 2011

1878 Pioneer Sketch - Part 20

Mr. C.T. Powers and B.P. Vealy came from Brighton and built a part of the Reason House -- they frequently had from 15 to 20 teams, and sometimes more to stop all night and their collections usually ran in the mornings from $35 to $50.

This state of things was of short duraction, as the building of the Detroit and Milwaukee and the Jackson and Saginaw Rail Road shut the travel from our plank road as suddenly as the closing of a door.

Several years of dull times and hauling produce from 25 to 30 miles to Rail Road towns, together with our rebellion, all helped to injure our progress. Soon after the close of the rebellion commenced the contemplation and successful building of our present rail road and many of the towns along its line, as well as Handy, will remember their anxiety for its consummation when called upon to pay their taxes for several years to come; yet today our town is rapidly progressing and increasing in wealth and population.

Tomorrow, the conclusion.

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