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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

Judge McCamly having bought an equal and undivided half of the original Gurnsey purchase in Feb., 1834, and having removed here the following winter, was now ready to commence operations. Gen. Convis having control of the other half, the understanding was that Judge McCamly should have control of the whole water-power, upon the condition that he would improve it. Of the proposed village they were "to be proprietors. The day was approaching when the people were actually to have a town. A body of twenty-five or thirty men, including many sons of Erin, were engaged in building the long race, which, in its day, and under the circumstances under which all such works were then of necessity completed, was a monument of noble enterprise. While that work was advancing, the first saw-mill standing near the present Hart mill (or rather on the site of the Bradley mill erected by H. J. Cushman) was in progress of erection. In November of that year, the water was let into the race—the victory was won. The saw-mill made the frosty woods to echo with its incessant movement, and our worthy friend, Judge McCamly, began to witness in reality what he had seen in imagination in June, 1831, as he stood here with Mr. Redfield, and longed to make the waters of the Kalamazoo provide the forces for establishing at this point one of Michigan's great centers of manufacture and trade. " Judge McCamly might have said to the people, after his most important work was done—"There, your young village is now endowed with the resources to make a large city; go to work and build one up.

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