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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

It seems that others had visited this locality and thought it a very desirable one for planting a city, for when he arrived at the land office at White Pigeon, during the same month, he found rival contestants for these lands in J. J. Gurnsey, of Cattaraugus County, N. Y., and also Lucius Lyon and Robert Clark, government surveyors, who had made a note of this locality as an excellent one at which to start a town. But they sold their right to bid against the others for $100. J. J. Gurnsey was then to enter eight hundred and thirty-seven and forty-one one-hundredths acres, all lying in the township afterwards called Battle Creek, and covering the needed water-power, but with the understanding that Judge McCamly and Daniel G. Gurnsey were each to share it equally with him upon the payment of their proportion of the cost. They, with their families, were to meet in Detroit the following October, when the original purchaser was to quit claim to the other two, and give them the title to an undivided third of the whole; and it was agreed that they all should come and begin operations, each placing $2, 000 in the bank, as the means for commencing the development of an embryo city at the mouth of the Battle Creek. McCamly reached Detroit at the appointed time, and so did J. J. Gurnsey and his brother-in-law, Sackett, and their wives; but the latter said they had been to look at the place and could not live there. So from the failure of the Gurnseys, these first plans fell to the ground.

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