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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

He was staying at the boarding-house of Rev. John D. Pierce, and such was the fright of the boarders that the house was nearly deserted. Sands McCamly, Isaac E. Crary, and a few humane friends came bravely forward and assisted Mr. Pierce in burying the comparative stranger. Dr. Thompson also died with the disease, and so dismayed were his two brothers, who had come there with him, that they left him unburied and fled. Dr. Pake, lately from Detroit, lost his wife and two children by the dreadful scourge. Mrs. McCamly was also taken sick with it and recovered. While she was sick, Mark, the baby, and the first male child born in the county, was taken by Mrs. Deacon Kimball to her own home, and cared for until his mother got well. It was during the prevalence of this dire disease in Marshall that Judge McCamly, with the few others who stood by him, evinced a degree of courage that was truly heroic. In estimating the character of Judge Sands McCamly, the extent, nature and utility of the work he has done should all be considered. What was that work ? Let Battle Creek answer. She has. And here it is tersely expressed, in one single historic paragraph, from the pen of Hon. Geo. Willard, in his able sketch of the early history of that city: "The year 1835 displays to our view, as we look back upon the past, a much busier scene than the incipient city had ever presented before.

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