Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The tallest man in town is Marshall Tanner -- it's a girl and made its appearance last Saturday.
For many years during the mid-to-late 1800s, the population of the village hovered around 1,000, sometimes reaching 1,200. Mr. Adams of the paper celebrated many of the births in the newspaper mentioning the proud dad but seldom how mother and child were doing, and rarely the baby's name.
A couple months ago, before the homecoming celebration and parade downtown, Mike Grimm and I conducted a walking tour of parts of the downtown area, talking about the history of some of the buildings and merchants. We had a wonderful group hanging in with us as we spoke/yelled over the traffic noises at the main four corners. At the tail-end of the walk-about, we were standing in front of Reggie's Barber Shop. One of the gals in the group noticed some of the stonework at the front of the building, with markings that have been painted over.
Of course, I had to whip out my camera and take squint shots. Now I'm wondering if anyone would have any idea what this lettering might have been. It would appear the bottom one shows "Dawson" in Jackson, Michigan.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
W.B. Gale has received notice from Geo. H. Jerome, Supt. of the State Fisheries, that he will ship to this place on Saturday, (to-morrow) two cans of eels (10,000) to be deposited in Cedar creek.
Births are of frequent occurrence now-a-days -- the editor's family has been increased by a quartette that will in due time give evening rehearsals that will cause the neighbors to have 'cat-nip fits' and go feline round for the boot-jack.
A team, belonging to some individual whose name we were unable to learn, standing unitched near the shook factory on Wednesday, took fright at the whistling of the cars and ran away but, fortunately, without doing serious damage.
M.C. Olds and Gilbert Ables, of Conway, have been in town doing a job of carpenter work for Mr. H. Loughlin and we should judge from the racket in the morning that they are not eight-hour men. They have done a nice job, especially in the pantry, for Mr. Olds is the boss on pantry work and takes a back seat for no one. The two cases put in for Mr. Loughlin are the best we ever saw and are admired by all, especially good housekeepers. The Diamond Flour box that he puts into all good pantries, is a mechanical success and any contemplating building ought to have one of these and Mr. Olds is just the man to build them.
A little excitement was occasioned on Saturday at about noon by a fire that got to burning pretty briskly in a pile of shavings near the shook mill.
Wm. Palmerton lost a horse on Monday night which is supposed to have been struck by lightning.
Monday, November 28, 2011
In an 1875 map of the Fowlerville area, a great deal of property, just west of the Cedar river branch running north and south on the west side of the village, is shown as belonging to C. Fowler. I'm assuming that meant Charles Fowler. When I came across the article of breaking and entering, published in The Fowlerville Review, I thought it was a good example of how things maybe weren't quite as innocent as we like to think.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Following is a blurb I found printed in the local newspaper in 1880:
Fowlerville, following a suit of Howell, had her mock trial on Tuesday. Walter Fowler filed a complaint of assault and battery against Peter Lewis who was required to appear at the livery barn before 'Hon. William Sabin, Jr., Esq.,' where a jury trial took place, Mr. Fowler pleading his own case and N.L. Embry appearing for the defendant. After hearing the testimony of the various witnesses brought upon the stand, listening to law read from almanacs. directories, etc., and the act of the legislature prohibiting the sale of adulterated milk to cheese factories, the jury retired and upon returning, gave a verdict of -- of -- well, something, in which the complainant was required to 'set 'em up.'
Anyone willing to make sense of this?!?
Saturday, November 26, 2011
However wonderful indeed now to behold on every hand the work of a civilized and enlightened community, to see the face of this fair county beautifully adorned with fine orchards, splended barns and magnificant homes. Now if we have opened the way for the consummation of such splendid results, may the fruits of our efforts be duly appreciated by those who have succeeded us and a priceless inheritance be ours in the land of the blest.
With the hope that our country may go on prospering and to progress, we leave it to those who shall continue the work we so thoroughly began, with the aid and blessing of that Divine Architect in whose hands the destinies of all things are dependent.
Friday, November 25, 2011
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.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The plat of Fowlerville then consisted of 19 lots as above mentioned. A store was built on the corner by myself where the store of Glenn & Co. now stands and forms the east part of the same. It was occupied by the plank co. for the years 1852 and 1853, then by the Hon. Josiah Turner, and was the first store in town.
Mr. Amos Adams having taken a seeming interest in this place, came on and added a new survey of a plat of 40 acres, and says to me, 'You give to any one who will build a respectable house, each alternate lot,' which was done. The plank road being finished at this time from Detroit to Lansing, it became one of the most busiest thoroughfares of the state, lined with teams from end to end.
With a four-horse coach each way twice a day, frequently carrying from 16 to 20 persons, our village began to grow and our town commenced to rapidly populate.
Beginnings of the Reason House tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
We left no man to go the old route for want of money or low prices. We run this stage over one year. It consisted of a pair of horses and a lumber wagon. After we had accomplished our boject and got a post office at Fowlerville and Williamston, we sold out and settled up. I kept a man and team on the road over one year; I lost one horse that cost me $125, and owed the company $10 -- I came off far the best of any one of the company.
This was during the year 1842 to 1847, and during those years, our town continued to settle very rapidly and we had from 80 to 100 voters.
Tomorrow the beginnings of the plank road.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I donated as a site six acres of land where the mill now stands and boarded the hands gratuitously, and the people of the township scored and hewed the timber for the frame gratis. The man getting sick of the mill business, owing to a disappointment in marriage, sold the same to me and I completed it.
The first grist mill was built by Messrs. Fish & Palmerton, in the years 1855 and 1856, I donating the land for the same.
In the spring of 1849, Mr. O.B. Williams and myself went on the line of the Detroit and Grand River road and solicited subscription for opening said road from Fowlerville west. The improvements made by the small appropriations of lands nearly 10 years before, and the road being but little traveled, it had in many places grown up to brush and became impassable.
We got in dry goods and subscriptions some $600. There were extra town meetings called along the line of the road in the towns of Leroy, Wheatfield, Phelps and Meridian, and there was raised in each town from $200 to $250. The bridges were built over the two cedars and the streams west of the Meridian line. Mr. Williams commenced at the Meridian line with three hands and two pair of oxen and I commenced at Fowlerville with the same amount of help. We cleared the brush and bailed the wet and mirey places. We worked between two and three weeks and met near Williamston.
More to come tomorrow on the roads.
Monday, November 21, 2011
The first log school house was built in 1839, on Section 11. The first frame school house was built in the years 1843 and 1844, on Section 11. Mr. Calvin Handy owned the first oxen and cow in the township. Mr. Martin W. Randall the first team of horses. Mr. Alonson Church the first hog. Mr. Peter Mitchell the first hens. Mr. Ruel Randall bought the first cat of Mrs. Walker, of Farmington, for 50 cents, and brought it to town.
Chas. Fowler was the first white child born in the township, in the year 1838, in the month of June. The first death was in the year 1838, it being Mrs. Ruel Randall. The first sermon was preached by the Rev. John Cosort, a Methodist, in the year 1839. The first saw mill built in Fowlerville was in the year 1849, by Mr. Russell Fuller, of the state of New York.
More improvements and donations tomorrow . . .
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The bank of Kensington also made a mistake which very much lessened the value of her circulating medium; some of the village lots in the village of Kensington which were pledged as security for the bell holder lay along the bank of the Hurton river and it finally appeared that many of them through some mistake had been appraised, (and became a part of the bank funds) as high as 500 dollars each, some of them not having enough land upon them clear of water to build a house upon, consequently this bank with hundres of others failed. Still with this sad and depressing state and condition of things, our hopes and energies were somewhat revived, knowing the time had near arrived when the constitution of our state provided for the permanent location of the state capitol.
We could hardly expect that it would be taken from Detroit and placed in Lansing, yet he had learned to hope against hope. Feeling that justice and the great interest of the state would locate it at Lansing, knowing such an event would greatly add to the interest of our town, we put all our efforts to work for the accomplishment of said obtain.
Tomorrow some of the first improvements.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
For the purpose of giving you some idea of the condition of affairs from 1841 to 1847, I will now give you some of my experience. During the years 1844 and 1845, by John A. Tanner and others, besides myself, there was raised 4,500 bushels of wheat upon our farms. I bought a threasher and threshed the crop on the ground, cleaned and stored it the best we could, but there was no market for wheat. I had two pairs of horses and when ever I could get any loading back from Detroit, we went with wheat and stored with Wm. Newberry.
We finally had delivered 400 bushels of wheat, and in the fall they began to buy wheat at 44 cents in 'St. Clair' and 50 cents in 'Wildcat' money. No doubt many remember the many wildcat banks, so called. Finally sold for 44 cents per bushel in 'St. Clair' money. This bank had stood all the wildcat pressure and was considered the best bank in the state.
The night before I left the city, the St. Clair went down. I sold my money for 50 cents on theh dollar, thus netting me 22 cents per bushel in Detroit, with the expense yet to be deducted.
This state of things made rather blue times. The balance of crop we sold in Howell to Bush, Harman & Hewett, for 35 cents per bushel, delivered. You could not sell the best fat cow in town for live dollars in money.
Tomorrow, how the village was 'depopulating.'
Friday, November 18, 2011
From '38 to '40 were years of hope and prosperity. Newcomers were slowly adding to our number. We done most of our logging by bees, logging from 10 to 20 acres per day. During the years of '41 and '42, the State Legislature made a small appropriation of lands from 5,000 acres for the completion of the roads above mentioned, and were expended by Mr. Mullet of Detroit, in opening the road from Fowlerville to Lansing for the first time. This gave us additional hopes and our town now numbered about 60 voters. Mr. Adams desiring to see the fulfillment of his predictions at this point came with his compass and surveyed 19 lots, locating them on three of the four corners of the said village, free of charge.
Much more to come -- stay tuned!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Our township had so populated that during the winter of '38 we organized and called it Handy, after Calvin Handy, the first settler. Our town then numbered 14 voters and we had a blacksmith shop, the first in the town, kept by Elizer Tucker.
The first officers of the township were Ralph Fowler, for Supervisor; John B. Fowler and Wm. Benjamin, for Justices of the Peace; Howell H. Briggs and Dennis Conrad, for Commissioners; Richard P. Bush, for Town Clerk; Ruel Randall, for Constable and Collector.
Tomorrow, crops, prosperity and hope.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Soon after Mr. Bush came to town, he came over to Mr. Fowler's, and several of us were there. He had his dog with him. The dogs soon began to bristle and growl. All who had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Bush can realize how quick he was to notice the growl of a dog. He says to Mr. Fowler, 'You had better look a little to your dog; my hound is a fighter, and very sharp bitten.'
Mr. Fowler says, 'Never mind; he is not worth much; let them work.'
Soon the battle began, and the hound handled the bull dog with seeming ease. Mr. Bush remarked that it would be better to take them apart, as the hound had whipped two such bull dogs at one time in Ithaca; but Mr. Fowler said let them go; if his dog could not take care of himself he ought to be killed.
Soon the bull dog began to play his part, and got a dead hold on the hound, and closed his eyes. The result was that the hound soon began to cry for help. The bull dog was choked off and the hound went for hom, yelling lustily. Charles stood for a moment, then said, 'By jiminy, boys, this is the first time that hound was ever whipped.'
We must leave the pedigree of the bull dog with Dr. Wells.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
At the arrival of newcomers, we all made it a point to make their acquaintance as soon as possible -- anxious to know all about their teams, wives and children, and their money, as well as their dogs; also their skill with the axe -- and some had to know which was the best man to at square hold or pulling stitches; also the grit and speed of their dogs.
Our ever respected and ever remembered Charles P. Bush had a greyhound called 'Soap,' which he brought with him. Mr. J.B. Fowler had a bull dog, raised by our friend Mr. Wells, now of Howell. He was brought from Geneseo, N.Y.
Tomorrow, more about the dogs.
Monday, November 14, 2011
As we entered the house, Mr. T. threw off his coat and hat, and said, 'Mrs. Fowler, give us something to eat, for the Lord's sake, and I will go to bed.'
She did so, and we went to bed and slept till the next morning. He got up in the morning and says, 'Mr. Fowler, if you will give me government price for my land, on ten year's time, it's yours.'
His toes were out of his cloth shoes, and he was generally used up. He did not come to see his land again until the capitol was located at Lansing, then I think he sold it to Bush, Thomas and Lee for $9,000.
Tomorrow, Mr. Fowler speaks of some of the next few years.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
We went on to Grand River, where the Cedar empties into it, arriving there a little before sunset. We found an Indian camp in the forks of the rivers, and made our way across to it by the help of their canoe. The old squaw, with whom I was somewhat acquainted, got us some boiled corn and venison, and a good cup of tea, of which I partook heartily. Mr. T. only drank a little of his tea and ate his meat and bread.
The squaw spread down two large bear skins and a white blanket, and says, 'Shemokemen sleep there,' and we laid down. About midnight, the wolves began to howl. Mr. T. soon got up and began to shake me, saying, 'Don't you hear those terrible animals?'
I told him to lie down; they would not hurt us, but he walked the tent, and looked out often to see if the wolves were not in sight.
Tomorrow, the next morning's activities . . .
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Then taking from his pocket some papers, he says: 'Look here; there are two villages between here and my lands,' showing me a map of Williamston and Okemos, with hotels, mills and mill ponds. I told him they were paper villages, as there were no hotels or villages in that part. This rather stumped him, still he was very anxious to see if he was so badly deceived.
He had on a pair of heavy, high cloth shoes. I offered him a pair of thick cow hide boots, but he refused them, saving he had the shoes made on purpose for the trip. We put some meat and bread in our pockets -- all we could conveniently carry -- and took the line of the Detroit and Grand River road.
Tomorrow, their travels.
For previous years, I have had the time to list all of the names, but now with the class sizes getting larger and other time commitments, I will just be posting the class composites through the end of the year. If you, my lovely readers, would like to know some names or would like a particular class composite e-mailed to you, let me know. I can e-mail each composite in a larger file so you can zoom in on it to look closer at names.
Friday, November 11, 2011
We heard the calves bleat and ran out as quick as possible. We found three of them kicking and bleeding to death. Z.B. Fowler had three calves in a lot a short distance from there. The wolves went directly to them, and killed two before we could drive them off. There is one more little feature that I wish to mention. The first year we mowed our marsh land, we killed 125 massaugers, besides black snakes measuring from three to eight feet in length.
Tomorrow, in part 7, more about the wildness of the area.
Top row: Margaret Fargey, Gertrude Epley, Ada-Elaine Mager, George Davis, Charles Tesch, Ruth Ann Lang, Ulrich Irmer, Nancy Ann Lound, Deanna Wise, Susan Tamlyn, Natalie Phillips.
Second row: Michael Mee, James Campbell, James McCallum, Norma Shooter, Sharon Wilson, Clifton Tesch, Robert Schulz, Margaret Johnson, Diane Judd, Paul Zarkovich, Nathaniel Terry, Gerald Bowers.
Third row: Georgina Stickney, Sondra Ann McClure, Ralph Peckens, Janice Papworth, Patricia Ann Leseth, Richard Florence, Patricia Wagner, Joan Proper.
Fourth row: Donald Hale, Robert Beck, Doris Schultz, Charles McEwan, Kenneth Monroe, Carol Ann Bayes, John Wakefield, Alex Crofoot.
Fifth row: Addie Schmidt, Barbar Ann Swan, Robert Leary, Jane Bennett, Janet Cameron, Wayne Eaton, Jr., Mary Ann Miller, Betty Lou McPherson.
Six row (bottom curved): Thomas Braun, Carol Adams, Stanley Cameron, Peggy Lepard, Sec'y, Dennis Judd, Pres., Darwin Liverance, Vice Pres., L. Dorine Chase, Treas., Joseph Cook, Carol Budzek, Robert Cool.
Bottom row: Loretta Blank, Sponsor, J.S. Munn, Supt., John Wellington, Princ., Ted Schaadt, Sponsor.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
We had a quick tour of the newly-redecorated offices and learned a little of the treatments they offer. If you would like to learn more about the health center, you can visit their website at www.myintegrativehealthsystem.com.
By the way, those are snowflakes you see in the picture. A short-lived snow shower occurred during the few minutes we posed for pictures!
During the summer, Mr. Conklin shopped some three acres of land and sowed it to wheat, carrying his seed wheat from the Cedar river on his back to his place, a distance of some three and a half miles. In the fall of 1837, Mr. Handy with his ox team, brought Mr. Conklin's goods from his house to the river crossing above mentioned. The water was about three feet deep over the marsh. Six of us carried his things across, wading 40 or 50 rods in the water. Now how to get his wife across was a conundrum. Finally Martin W. Randall and myself took a board about six feet long, one at each end, set Mrs. Conklin in the middle, one hand on each of our shoulders, and carried her across. Mr. Knickerbocker came with his oxen on the west side of the river, and carried them to their place.
Tomorrow's part 6 will be more about bears, wolves and deer!
Top row: Ruth Grostic, Richard Davis, Harlan Dean, Thomas Stage, Mary Grill, Denise Rife, Arvilla McPherson, Arnold Wise, Barbara Nygren.
Second row: Jerry Wagner, Patricia Papworth, Daryl McCaslin, Noreta Bartig, Jack Kent, Roger Dye, Robert Bartig, Dennis Pajot, Gary Sober, Richard Damman, Ardis Lang, Karl Slanker.
Third row: Donna Forrester, Paul Patten, Betty Crofoot, Peter Lowe, Marlene Hissong, Ruth Utter, Janice Timmerman, Ara Schuchaskie, Ila Doty, Janet BeVier, Kurt Campbell, Ann Hillman.
Fourth row: Stanley Steele, Martha Lang, Leland Antcliff, Anna Williams, James Timmerman, Gerald McEwan, Harold Maleitzke, Robert Burnie, Norene Shorman Gary Postiff.
Fifth row: Dale Lynn, Gloria Strong, Nancy Campbell, Sec'y, Lawrence Oliver, Pres., Frank Davis, Vice Pres., Helen Judd, Treas., Patricia Merchand, Floyd Lang.
Bottom row: Harold Elenbaas, Sponsor, John Wellington, Princ., J.S. Munn, Supt., Charles Hills, Sponsor, Frances Woodbury, Sponsor.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
During the summer, several other families came to town among whom were Alson Church, Alanson Knickerbocker, Seymour Norton and Samuel Conklin. Mr. Conklin was also from the state of New York and he and his wife on their arrival here stopped with Mr. Calvin Handy. They owned land on Sec. 18, in the west part of our town, and as we considered it no task to go five or six miles to a log house raising, and Mr. Conklin having followed the section line from the Cedar river to his land, and cut the logs for a house.
We started -- nine of us in number -- with two pairs of oxen, to draw the logs and raise the house. We followed the section line, which crossed the river where the railroad bridge now is. In going around some wet places on the section line, we missed our direction and got our oxen into the big swamp on section 17, got our oxen mired in the mud, got tired out -- especially the oxen.
We got back to the section line the best we could, not reaching his land. After the lapse of three or four weeks, we tried it again, and succeeded in reaching his house.
Tomorrow we will continue with the experiences with Mr. Conklin.
Top row: Eva M. Epley, Nadine Haas, Allen E. Hale, Beatrice M. Cameron, Audrey J. Brogan, Mary S. Dydek, Noreta E. Dryer, Patricia R. Simko, Phyllis R. Bejamin.
Second row: W. Theodore Simkus, Larain C. Antcliff, Jenell E. House, James T. Ganton, Theodore R. Miller, Robert B. Kunde Dennis D. Paskeuric, Joyce L. Proper, Joanne L. Baker, Francees J. Hissong, Ronald Robinson, Richard C. Showerman.
Third row: Minerva J. Doty, David L. Wright, Lynn Chase, Marion E. Wingegar, Shirley M. Allen, Kathryn E. Rudnicki, Gordon E. Wilson, Raymond L. Shafer, Laurene R. Dietrich, Charlene M. Coll.
Fourth row: Anita H. Ebert, Betty J. Russell, Karen E. Wright, Lawrence A. Judd, Leona Baum, Ralph E. McChristy, Eleanor C. Carusi, Joanne W. Black, Charlotte E. Germaine, Merwil J. Meyer.
Fifth row: Kenneth L. Stockbridge, Basil D. Purchase, Joanne T. Garvit, Wesley D. Kelly, Treas., Robert D. Cyr, Pres., Walter Bosse, Vice Pres., June A. Butler, Sec'y, Clarence G. Hale, Katherine R. Brower, Donna J. Shooter.
Bottom row: Maro Miller, Sponsor, John Wellington, Princ., J.S. Munn, Supt., Frances Woodbury, Sponsor.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
On the first of May, 1837, Mr. John B. Fowler and family, Ruel Randall and whife and John A. Tanner, then a boy, arrived in town, having came through Canada with ox teams. The first Sunday morn after the arrival of John B. Fowler, we strolled through the woods and came to a clear spot of about an acre where there was a large oak tree; we sat down under the tree and talked of our mother who had been a Methodist all her days. 'Right here,' my brother says, 'if we live long enough, we will have a Methodist church.'
When the plat was surveyed, the stump of the tree still stood, which was after the lapse of 15 year, and remembering the conversation of my brother and myself I marked the lots for a Methodist church and in about twenty years, the church was built on that site.
Tomorrow's continuation will discuss the arrival of more settlers.
Top row: Lawrence R. Davids, Margaret Ella Render, Howard F. Lischt, Wilfred J. McPherson, Norman L. Grill, Darryl L. Wright, George M. Faust, Joseph W. Showerman, Lois Eileen Nygren.
Second row: William D. Klein, James S. Eckenrod, Carolyn E. Cook, Lyle Roy Glover, Gary R. Wakefield, Alan F. Timmerman, Janet May Osborne, Norman E. Bowers, Nellie E. Hibbard, LaVern I. Shooter.
Third row: Lucille Ann Miller, Mary Arlene Bookham, Lee H. Mascho, Donna June Sessions, Phyllis N. Harris, Carol J. Mockbee, Donald A. Grover, Maryann Lang, Willard W. Dysinger, Barbara J. Sutton.
Fourth row: Robert L. Copeland, James B. Munsell, Joan H. Wagner, Larry Neil Wallace, Treas., Terrence D. Butler, Vice Pres., Ronald R. Rife, Pres., Patricia Ann Hund, Sec'y, J. Hendren Lucas, Marjorie Ann Stoll.
Bottom row: John Wellington, Princ., J.S. Munn, Supt., Frances Woodbury, Sponsor.
Monday, November 7, 2011
It looked very pleasant and comfortable, and after they ate their supper of venison, cold boiled squirrels and muskrats, they went to bed. It was quite a sight to us to see them fix up, each one of full size having his blanket, which was tacked in at the edge, over head and at the foot. In the morning, Okemos and his tribe, or those that were with him, went on to what is now called Okemos, the others, being a part of the old Shiawassee tribe, went into their three camps above named. This was the first time we were afraid of Indians.
There was one very old man with them -- some 93 years old as near as we could ascertain from marks and signs -- who was sick and had every appearance of having the consumption. His camp was pitched on section 2, northeast of John A. Tanner's log house. He finally died, and the funeral services were held for some time. He was a man of some note I should think, as other tribes came to his funeral from long distances.
After his death, they wrapped him in a clean white blanket and laid him in a little place divided from the main camp by hanging blankets around him. One of the old squaws set by him nearly all the time for each evening for four or five evenings after his death. They would play or beat their music nearly all night. Their musical instruments were of different kinds, one kind being made of red cedar, resembling a clarionet. This was split in the center and the hollow was dug out the size they wanted it, then creases were cut around it between the finger holes and it was tied together with the sinnows of a deer. Others were made by drawing a raw deer skin over a hoop, Others were made similar to our bass and tenor drums. They made a fearful noise and could be heard a mile or more.
They dug a grave about three feet deep and laid in some elm bark and covered the grave with round poles, some six inches in diameter, neatly notched together at the corners. About two feet from the head of the grave they set a post about three inches through and three feet high, on the side of which, next to the grave they cut a notch and painted above the notch the picture of a turkey and below that of a deer.
For some three weeks after the burial, some one of the squaws kept a fire, between the head of the grave and the post, made of sticks about six inches long and split fine, set upon the ends in round form. This fire was kept daily for that length of time. After the funeral, they climbed a tall beach tree to the very top and there hung their musical instruments, and let them hang there for four or five weeks and this ended the funeral ceremonies.
Part 3 will continue tomorrow with the settlers' second fright.
Top row: John N. DeMarais, Virgina J. Driver, Donna J. Herbert, David J. DeWaters, Dorothy M. Challiss, Norma J. Phillips, Merna H. Wagner, Jane G. Campbell, Wayne E. Forrester, James H. Steele.
Second row: Judy Ann Papworth, Frank Mikasa, Jack D. Jensen, LaVern H. Wegienka, Hugh M. Culbertson, Frank S. Spagnulo, Ruth Anne Harmon, Virginia E. Ackerman.
Third row: Ralph F. Kunde, Nila Lee Jones, Beatrice C. Finley, Alice M. Hibbard, Robert L. VanGorder, Donna Mae Steele, Raymond D. Jenkins, Joyce I. Harmon.
Fourth row: Barbara J. Schadel, Robert C. Dillingham, Richard L. Davids, Patrick L. Sutton, Joan E. Machin, Nancy M. Lepard, June P. Benjamin, George D. Grover, Joan L. Butler, Richard A. Outwater.
Fifth row: Gaylord G. Verellen, Harriet L. Eaton, Edith Mae Moore, Barbara Ann Pipoly, Treas., Stanley J. Lockwood, Pres., Claude H. Winegar, Vice Pres., Frances J. Lobdell, Sec'y, Nanalee M. Coon, Arlene M. Rathbun, Marjorie R. Geer.
Bottom row: Donald Kuney, Princ., J.S. Munn, Supt., Frances Woodbury, Advisor.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
We were well surrounded by Indians, there being three winter camps near us, two on Section 10 and one on Section 2. There must have been as many as forty or fifty Indians in the three camps and had thirty ponies running in the woods. The question naturally arises, were you not afraid of the Indians? Never but twice.
The Indians had all been to Detroit, I think, to transact business with the government, and came to our place on the mail trail to Grand River and the western part of the state. They came along about the middle of the afternoon. I think there were some 50 or 100 of them with 50 or 60 ponies and lots of other fixings, the snow being five inches deep. Many of the sleds were made of deer skins by spreading them on the snow with the hair side down, filling them with all they could lay on and then lashing the load on the ropes made of basswood bark, passing them through holes made in the edge of the skin and over the load -- you would be surprised to see the amount they would pile on one skin. Then they would hitch a rope to the neck of the skin and then to the ponies neck, making quite a good running sled. Thus they came upon us; we had not seen many of them before and were somewhat afraid as they came in filling the house like a town meeting. We put on a big fire and let them work. They turned out their ponies and put their bells, which made theh woods ring with their jingle. Soon they began to cut poles and peal basswood bark and prepare their quarters for the night. They stuck stakes on each side of a large oak tree that we had felled near the house and tied poles near the top of these stakes, laying others on them and back on the ground, covering this with a kind of webb cloth, made of flags or rushes, for some fifty feet on each side of the log, and then built a fire the whole length, after which they spread down their bear and deer skins and blankets.
Thus begins quite a few posts chronicling The Pioneer Sketch Ralph Fowler wrote ten years before his death.
To be continued tomorrow . . .
Top row: Marian I. Cieslak, Jerome C. Lange, D. Sidney Harvey, Robert V. Blair, Virgina M. BeVier, Richard E. Haas, Elberta Ann Schadel, Jack L. Cyr, Lucille Doris Tefft.
Second row: Durwood L. Manning, Colleen S. Harmon, Arthur H. Cieslak, Mary Louise Allen, Donald J. Ebert, Norman C. Miller, Mary Elizabeth Joys, Elliott E. House, JoAnne Brower, Phyllis J. Wright.
Third row: Carllinnin Mae Walton, Francis J. Heard, Patricia E. Germaine, James E. Wagner, Constance Anne Ayers, Katherine Grieve, Patrick D. Kennedy, Patricia D. Yago, Harland R. Beduhn, George O. Winegar.
Fourth row: Frank C. Utter, Francine E. Duncan, Robert J. Borghi, Martha Berglund, Trea., William Judd, Pres., Wayne E. Copeland, Vice Pres., Doris Glover, Sec'y, Richard M. Dillinghan, Lois B.A. Hicks, Vivian D. Gates.
Bottom row: Elizabeth Ann Eisele, June Hopkins, Advisor, Donald Kuney, Princ., J.S. Munn, Supt., Riby Holmes, Advisor, Norma Jean Rife.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The Stanton Herald is edited by a man who has seen much hardship and oppression from sickness and the loss of dear ones in a comparably new county, still its appearance and neatness as well as the amount of instructive and useful reading tells for itself that its editor retains the former editorial skill and thought which aided him when he wrote the first editorial ever penned in Livingston county by an editor.
Fowlerville, April 2, 1878.
Mr. Fowler would live until 1887; both he and his wife, Mary, passing away within five days of each other.
Top row: Elaine Slanker, Robert Edwards Moore, Ruth Elizabeth Line, Joan T. Mausolf, Clyde Munsell, Bonnie Irene Glover, Sharron Louise Saunders, William W. Davids, Marian Alice Joys.
Second row: Albert Michael Stock, Doris Helen Jenkins, David L. Kitchen, Mariam Eloise DeMond, Donnie Norine Glover, Joe S. Mikasa, Edith Laura Lewis, George E. Bessert.
Third row: Marie Simon, Harry Neminski, Doris Elaine Rudnicki, Nelson David Greer, Andrew W. Simkus, Shirley Ellen Schirmer, Russell Elliott, Donna Jean Grant.
Fourth row (bottom curved row): George R. Richmond, Geraldine Celia Harris, Ralph J. Redinger, Betty Ann Hart, Treas., Thomas F. Butler, Vice Pres., Bernard Judd, Pres., Marcia Joan Eckert, Sec'y, Amrose Madaj, Margaret Anne Hart, Harold C. Shooter.
Bottom row: J.S. Munn, Supt., Donald Kuney, Princ.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Mr. Metcalf was born in the state of Massachussetts, where he resided until the year of 1825; he then came west and settled in Geneseo, Livingston county, N.Y., where he engaged in the livery business. In the year of 1831, he married Miss Everline Adams, daughter of Mr. Amos Adams, so favorably known as one of the first settlers of Howell, and our first county surveyor, etc. His wife still survives him. In the spring of 1836, he came through Canada on his way to Michigan with a span of horses and wagon, and during the summer of that year built a log house, the second in the town, on Sec. 11, near the site of the house in which he died. Mrs. Metcalf came in September of 1836, when they moved into their house, the second family in the town. Mr. Metcalf lived a long and industrious life, clearing up a farm of 160 acres, mostly with his own hands. He never aspired to public office other than to serve as a soldier in the war of 1812, but proved himself a worthy and desirable citizen, a good and kind neighbor and an honest man.
Mr. Metcalf has raised a family of sons and daughters, the most of whom reside in and about our town and are an honor to their parents. The death of Mr. Metcalf, who leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his loss, leaves but one of the first settlers of Handy to follow. Thus passeth away the pioneers of Handy!
Soon the voice of the last one will be hushed in death never to be heard again.
Top row: Lee Redinger, Joseph Adam Gabris, Shirley Mae Doty, Mary Alice Sherwood, Rosemary Elizabeth Brown, Eleanor G. Showerman, Beverly L. Harris, Carl J. Ives, Gordon P. Masterson.
Second row: Helen Elaine Thompson, Norma J. Horton, Bernard N. Eisele, Anna Marguerite Spagnuolo, Margaret Jean Florence, Richard C. Liddicoatt, Phyllis A. Wagner, Carol Virginia Kunde.
Third row: Jack R. Lucas, Jack F. Lamunion, Donna Ruth Nygren, Arnold Warriner Germaine, James DeMarais, Shirley Anne Lewis, Gerald Joseph Marenich, Donald Ferguson.
Fourth row (bottom curved): Shirley May Winegar, Eugene Lloyd Lintemuth, Mae June Curtis, Treas., Robert Kleinschmidt, Vice Pres., Richard G. Elliott, Pres., June Elaine Driver, Sec'y, Harold Jenkins, Lois Ann Pierson.
Bottom row: J.S. Munn, Supt., Donald R. Kuney, Princ.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Short obituaries such as, A twelve-year old daughter of Chas. Well died of diphtheria on Sunday evening last. The funeral took place on Tuesday from the M.E. church.
School would be closed sometimes for a week at a time so new cases would not develop, and many houses were quarantined from anyone leaving or entering the premises.
As curiosity set in, I wondered if this disease was still a problem in today's world. I headed to wikipedia and found the following article -- click here. It would appear there are still one or two cases each year but nothing like the late 1800s when it could ravage whole families.
Top row: Richard E. Stephens, Elizabeth Ann Strong, Leo F. Perkins, Merwin H. Steinacker, Jean Tomion, Elizabeth Moore, Elden W. Risdon, John T. Butler, JoAnn E. BeVier, Francis Neminski, Jane Ann Showerman, Dale Sober.
Second row: Mary Jean Lillywhite, Isadore Latovsky, Joyce A. Angell, Janet E. Perkins, Jenny E. Haas, Arden D. Reyhl, Mary M. Kane, Gloria B. Grill, L. Darrell Coffey, Laurence Wegienka, Beverly Williams, Edwin Wright June E. Smith.
Third row: Rollin L. Horton, Harold Mikasa, Lolabell I. Redinger, Norma G. Roberts, Betty Jean Wegienka, Sec'y, Calvin Bruce Russell, Pres., Gerald B. Kunde, Vice Pres., Doris J. Copeland, Treas., Betty Ruth Perroud, David Sutton, Marian E. Challiss, Robert G. Huston.
Fourth row: Betty J. Phillipe, Norma Lou Cavanaugh, Richard A. Rudnicki, Jack M. Manning, Marilyn Jean Tubbs, Vernetta A. Richmond, Norman Allison, Elton Copeland.
Bottom row: Eileen G. Franks, Mr. Munn, Supt., Donald R. Kuney, Princ., Robert J. Sessions.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The forenoon was spent in playingn croquet and looking about over his fine farm, which gave all an abundant appetite for the feast which was spread upon the tables under the shade trees in the front yard. Abundant provisions had been made and all were well supplied with chicken pie, strawberries, ice cream, lemonade, etc., with perhaps one exception -- a man of large proportions, who ate at all three tables and was heard to remark that he would like 'a little more chicken.'
After dinner, Mr. Sherman brought forth a box of cigars and the gentlmen indulged in a smoke, while the ladies gathered in groups to discuss the latest fashions. The party broke up about 5 o'clock and all united in pronouncing it the day of the season.
The above recount of a summer picnic was published in the local newspaper -- kind of made me feel like this was from an accurate depiction by movie-makers that did their homework. Also makes me want to plan a picnic as soon as spring and summer arrives in Michigan in 2012!
First row: Alberta Anderson, Stanley Munsell, Adele Schram, Archie Render, George Roath, Jack W. Tomion, Francis Witt, Robert Seiple, Irwin Wallace Glover, Jack C. Sanderson, Pauline M. DeVellis.
Second row: Viola D. Kenschitz, Earnest E. Marenich, Dolores Lillard, Stanley Westmoreland, Jean A. Rossetter, Jean N. Rossetter, Joan D. Humrich, Betty R. Lago, Dale Doty, Mary Hughes, Margie M. Bookham.
Third row: Donna J. BeVier, Lorene Wagner, Donald L. Cheney, Douglas J. Nelson, Bernard M. Bessert, Vice Pres., Bethel J. Miller, Sec'y, Charles J. Smalley, Pres., Helen J. Milett, Treas., Leonard J. Eisele, Margaret H. Paetsch, Robert L. Hardy, Don Lockwood.
Fourth row: Charles L. Westin, Helen Knight, Max J. Bessert, George Tyrciak, Bob Slanker, Janice E. Hess, Ray Kinney, Russell L. Lang.
Bottom row: George Shooter, Mable Hart, Faculty, H.T. Smith, Supt., Robert Jensen, Edward J. Eisele.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Spewed His Bile~~The consummate ass who runs the Williamston Enterprise has actually opened his 'fly-trap' and spewed a great, nasty spew right at us. He starts out in his attack with the probable intent of giving Rev. N.W. Pierce a 'racket,' but knowing that that gentleman has equally as good a chance of defending himself before the same public without paying five cents for the privilege of so doing, changes his aim and makes a desperate charge on 'those Fowlerville printers' who 'omitted imprints' to some job work done by 'Elder Pierce.'
We have been sorry ever since the job was completed that we omitted the imprint, for we are sure if we had not it would have been the means of bringing us quite a considerable more work from our sister village, and are thankful to the Enterprise for informing its readers for us where the jobs were done. As regards their being 'amateur jobs' the statement is false and we are willing to place those jobs or any others turned out of this office beside the best the Enterprise can do.
The trouble with the Enterprise is it loses about thirty dollars' worth of job work a year for the discourteous course it has pursued with the Reverend gentleman above spoken of.
Top Row: Waneta Ruth Klein, Hollis C. Bigelow, Ella May VanAmberg, Richard F. McKenzie, Hellen Mae Mastic, Thomas L. Kane, Marian E. Horton, Patricia Anne Jensen, Irene T. Sober, Barbara G. Glover, Doris W. Sherwood.
Second row: Dorothy I. Germain, Dorothy Hess, Gerald R. Lago, Lee Anna Crawford, Joyce E. Stephens, Joyce Johnson, Gerald H. Smith, Suzanne Fenton, Joseph G. Huston, Georgiana M. Lott, Patricia H. Eaton.
Third row: Anna Margaret Beck, William C. Eckert, Margary Ann Canfield, Richard Korsgren, James E. Muns, Pres., Donna Jean Coffey, Vice Pres., Dorothy Spagnuolo, Sec'y, Norine M. Driver, Trea., Charles L. Bascovich, Richard Earl Lyons, JoAnn M. Lucas, Betty Rose Williams.
Fourth row: Dorothy Jean Jones, Vilma Ebert, Frank Couch, Doris Patricia Shaffer, Myrna Grace Knapp, Alfred E. Harmon, Glendon E. Manning, Donna Lee Jones.
Bottom row: Ruth Ella Berry, Jean Norine Davis, H.T. Smith, Supt., John Munn, Princ., Rhea Lu Hart, Natalie Ione Boardway.