History of Hillsdale County, Michigan, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers

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General Books, Mar 6, 2012 - 348 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 Excerpt: ...home under the parental roof, and emigrate with her young husband to a distant wilderness, must not only have courage and energy, but also an implicit trust and confidence in him whom she has chosen for her partner and protector. Such was the general character of the first settlers here. And that their descendants are not degenerate sons of There is on earth no spectacle more beantiful than that of two old men who have passed with honor through storm and contest, and retain to the last the freshness of feeling which adorned their youth. Such is a true, green old age, and such are a pleasure to know. There is a southern winter in declining years where the sunlight warms, although the heat is gone. There are still living in Litchfield two of the town's first settlers, Otis and William J. Bettis, the former having settled in 1834 and the latter in the spring of 1835. For forty-four years they have observed the momentous changes which have culminated in the present stage of advancement. When they left their homes in the State of New York and came to Hillsdale County, they found a wilderness, with here and there a clearing, and neither Hillsdale nor Jonesville had reached the distinction of a village. Beneath their observation, in a grand life panorama, Hillsdale County has been organized and developed into one of the foremost agricultural regions in Southern Michigan. It is in keeping with the self-abnegation of such men that they have retired to the background, and quietly look on as the great and varied interests, of which they laid the foundation, are seen to rise and extend in prominence and utility. Their father was William Bettis, a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He was at the battle of Bunker Hill, and participated in nearly all of the decisive battle...

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