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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

The first party in Battle Creek was at Gen. Convis's house, on "New Year's eve, " in 1836. He is thus spoken of at this time: "The gentlemanly and courteous host presided at the table, with his accustomed ease and dignity. " Gen. Ezra Convis Has left a good record, which will ever retain a prominent place in the early history of Battle Creek. He was a, most worthy and honorable man. Mrs. John VanArman, his daughter, lives in Chicago, his sons, Albert and Ezra, live in other parts of the country.
NATHANIEL BARNEY.
Of this pioneer tavern-keeper of Battle Creek, the people retain kindly recollections. It would be very difficult to find words more inseparably connected with the memory of the early days of Battle Creek than these old familiar words, "Barney's Tavern. " The old log hostelry, on the hill just west of the Creek, and the kind-hearted old landlord, whose hospitality has been extended to so many emigrants and travelers during the settlement of this part of the State, will be long remembered. Nathaniel Barney with his family came from Chautauqua county,. New York, arriving at Battle creek, March 9th, 1833. He and his son-in-law, Gen. Ezra Convis, were two of the original proprietors of Battle Creek. He was made postmaster of the new town in 1834. He, also, at an early day, carried the mail from Marshall, by way of Gull Prairie, to Kalamazoo. After keeping tavern for a number of years in the old log building near the creek, he settled some two miles west, and there was landlord and farmer also. At this home he died many years ago. His sons, Milton and Oliver, yet live near the old homestead.

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