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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

he came to this region, and started life anew here in the wilderness, with that brave band of pioneers who, through want and suffering, hardships and discouragements, labored on until homes were established and a secure foundation laid for the future wealth and prosperity of Calhoun county. And when his surviving associates shall gather together at their next annual reunion, they will miss the intelligent and cheerful face, the warm shake of the hand, the rich fund of reminiscences and anecdote, the droll humor, and the enlivening presence of their old pioneer friend, Warren B. Shepherd. And where are his pupils ? Many of them too, are gone. We will give, from the old school-roll, the names of the pupils, or those Mr. Shepherd remembered, as he repeated them to us some two years ago. Children came from the following families: Deacon Sailer's, Daniel Thomas's, Isaac Toland's, and Nathaniel Barney's. William Kirk came from Goguac. Nedebiah Angell sent his daughters, Hannah and Lucinda, the former, now Mrs. Henry Andrus of Goguac, and the latter Mrs. Jacob Clark of Battle Creek. Moses Hall sent Eliza and Hastings, Judge Sands McCamly sent his daughter Mary, now Mrs. L. H. Stewart of Battle Creek, Gen. Convis sent his sons, Albert and Ezra, and his daughter, now Mrs. John VanArman of Chicago. There were others but their names he could not recall. The text books then in use, were the old English reader, Daboll's arithmetic, Woodbridge's and Olney's geographies, Kirkham's grammar, and the old Columbian spelling-book. The old quill pen was then in vogue and the redoubtable "birch" also.

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