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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

Mr. Goddard was then living in Detroit. He drove two fine span of horses before a Pennsylvania wagon, traversing the unbroken wilderness along the old Chicago trail from Detroit to Ypsilanti, thence to Jonesville, Sturgis, Bron-son's Prairie, Prairie Ronde and Grand Prairie, from which place Mr. Comings came to Toland Prairie. Mr. Goddard went back by the old territorial route, and was so pleased with Goguac Prairie that he selected it as his future home, made a purchase of lands and moved his family there in the fall of 1831.
MOSES HALL.
In the spring of 1832 Moses Hall left his home among the green hills and vales of Rutland County, Vermont, for a journey westward. About this time rumor was busy in drawing Eldorado pictures of a western territory, lying up among the lakes, called Michigan. These arrested the attention of eastern men who wished to purchase lands for speculation, or for the purpose of securing new homes. The government was offering this land through its land offices, at ten shillings per acre. Our resolute Vermonter traveled by "lineboat" on the Erie canal to Buffalo, and by schooner up the lake to Detroit; and from Detroit, on an Indian pony, through the wilderness to Marshall; and although the cholera had made its appearance at this place, in a most violent form, and although the terror of the Black-Hawk war spread consternation among the settlers throughout the territory, yet he did not turn back, but with characteristic pluck, determined to carry out the object of his visit, went on prospecting about the country.

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