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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

They have long since been superseded, the former by the steel pen, and the latter by moral suasion, except in rare cases when an appeal is made to the sterner arbitrament of the "birch" to settle difficulties. Mr. Shepherd remembered that among the visitors that winter to their sehool, there were many of their country friends, the Pottawattomies. They were accustomed to drop in upon them and while away an hour or two occasionally. They rather feared schoolmaster Shepherd. They looked upon him as a missionary—some Marquette teaching the pale face children about the Great Spirit. Mr. Shepherd was boarding at Jo. Parnsworth's, at this time. Mr. Farnsworth would let the Indians have whisky. Shepherd to have sport with them would tell them that they could not have any whisky unless they would promise to go three miles before they drank any. At this they would shrug their shoulders and exclaim: "Ugh! no good white man! Slater, " meaning Rev. Mr. Slater, the missionary, "let Injin have whisky and drink 'em fore he go quarter mile. " Mr. Shepherd loved a joke and was highly pleased with this trumped-up charge against Slater the missionary.
THE FIRST UNION SCHOOL IN BATTLE CREEK
was organized in 1848, by Dr. Harrison, now of Paw Paw. He taught in the basement of the old Baptist church. For some reason, after a year's experiment, the union school was discontinued, and Dr. H. taught a select school in another part of the village. In 1850 the first union school building was erected on the site where the present building now stands. A. D. P. Van Buren was the principal. He taught one year and may be said to have really inaugurated the union school in Battle Creek, as from that time on the union school has continued to nourish there.

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