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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

That was a great undertaking, especially in that day, with the roads and modes of travel then in existence. They took up their line of inarch through New York and Canada; thence to Detroit, and then on the old settlers' track to Battle Creek, which place they reached on the last of September. Mr. Hall immediately began the work of "rolling up logs" for a shanty, which he roofed with sticks. This served for a temporary shelter for himself, wife, and family of five children, who soon, had the shakes under the roof. He sometime after purchased the Foster house, which he occupied until 1837. In the meanwhile he had been at work improving his original purchase. Of this he eventually made a fine farm. Moses Hall held various local offices, ever performing their duties with marked ability and efficiency. He was also elected a member of our State Legislature, where he served his country with credit to himself, and satisfaction to his people. He was an acting magistrate at the time of his death, which occurred in 1860. Moses Hall was a man of commanding figure and noble appearance; of strong intellectual faculty, of clear, outspoken views, and a self poise that was admirable. This was a marked trait in the man. Whether on occasions that required prompt, decided action, or those fraught with difficulty or personal danger, his self control never forsook him; he was the same equitable, judicious man, who moved on to his duty firm and unshaken; and as troubles gathered about him, strong resolution nerved him for the emergency, until he successfully accomplished his task.

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