History of Cass County, from 1825 to 1875 (Google eBook)

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W.H. Mansfield, Vigilant Book and Job Print, 1875 - Cass County (Mich.) - 406 pages
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A very interesting early account of early settlement in Cass County, MI and the lives of the settlers. Contains vivid descriptions of what was required of the pioneers in terms of farming, constructing shelter, and home life. A great resource for genealogists with ancestors from that region. 

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Page 8 - English as a matter of policy strengthened their relationship by presents and promises to them. At this time no permanent settlement had been made at Detroit, the French having a safer and more direct route from Montreal to the upper lakes through the Ottawa and Grand rivers. The present location of Detroit had long been looked upon as a valuable point for a settlement and a base for the fur trades, as it commanded a broad tract of country across the peninsula and was the key to the upper lakes....
Page 40 - American, and that, if they again did it, the United States government would set a strong foot upon their necks, and crush them to the earth.
Page 12 - Bois," or rangers of the woods, were either French or half-breeds, a hardy race, accustomed to labor and deprivation, and conversant with the character and habits of the Indians, from whom they procured their cargoes of furs. They were equally skilled in propelling a canoe, fishing, hunting, trapping, or sending a ball from their rifles " to flie right eye
Page 74 - On the loth of February, two Indians brought a supply of corn, and a few days afterward, two traders named Rosseau, having heard of their wants, brought them a little flour. In this way they subsisted until the I3th, when the wagons arrived with supplies. They not only brought flour, but brought in addition, two boxes of clothing, which had been sent from Massachusetts. This timely donation was almost as acceptable as food itself to them, who were pinched with cold as well as hunger. "On the 2 ist...
Page 73 - ... flour enough for one meal, we sent five of our strongest Indian boys five miles to an Indian trader and borrowed a barrel of flour and a bushel of corn. Our teams were absent and the boys carried it home on their backs. The flour was damaged, nevertheless it was very acceptable to us.
Page 76 - Joseph. The establishment was erected by the Baptist Missionary Society in Washington, and is under the superintendence of the Rev. Mr. McCoy; a man whom from all the reports we have heard of him, we should consider as eminently qualified for the important trust committed to him. We regretted that during the time we passed at the Carey Mission House, this gentleman was absent on business connected with the establishment of another missionary settlement, on the Grand river of Michigan, but we saw...
Page 77 - ... milk, &c. The establishment is intended to be opened for children from seven to fourteen years old ; they very properly receive them at a much earlier age, and even where a great desire of learning was manifested older persons have been admitted. All appear to be very happy, and to make as rapid progress as white children of the same age would make. Their principal excellence rests in works of imitation ; they write astonishingly well, and many display great natural talent for drawing....
Page 81 - ... the smoke by being seen from the vessel might point out the place of landing. The boys were directed to open a barrel of flour immediately on the landing of the vessel, and hasten to us, a distance of twenty-five miles, with what they could bring. On the evening of the 18th, to our great joy, and mine in particular, one of the young men arrived with a mule packed with flour. We brought our property from the lake to the station upon the river in pirogues. From that time forward the mission did...
Page 75 - There is in this neighbourhood an establishment which, by the philanthopic views that have led to its establishment and by the boundless charity with which it is administered, compensates in a manner for the insult offered to the laws of God and man by the traders. The reports which we had received of the flattering success which had attended the efforts of the Baptist missionaries on the St Joseph, induced us to deviate a little from our route to visit their interesting establishment The Carey missionhouse,...
Page 82 - There have been added to the buildings, since my last visit, a house and a most excellent grist mill worked by horses. The usefulness of this mill can scarcely be appreciated, as there is no other of any kind within one hundred miles, at least, of the establishment ; and here, as benevolence is the predominating principle, all the surrounding population is benefited.

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