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CALHOUN COUNTY MICHIGAN

CALHOUN COUNTY

HOW BATTLE CREEK RECEIVED ITS NAME
BY 0. POPPLETON
June 14th, 1883

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen of the State Pioneer Society: The incidents, reminiscences, and early surveys and settlement of our State no doubt, have been presented by many who have had the honor to address you at previous meetings of the society; and it may be expected of those who narrate these incidents, that they will confine themselves to the locality from whence they come. If such is the rule, or custom, I hope you will excuse me for trespassing upon other portions of the State than where I reside, in Oakland county. It is true, she has a history of her own, worthy an abler pen than mine, though I have had the pleasure 6f presenting to their society such papers upon her early history. That county was the first surveyed and settled in the State, to any extent, except the early French settlements at Detroit and along the river, with a few English from the States. There have been a number of accounts published from time to time, of an occurrence in the early survey of Calhoun, Barry, and Eaton counties, the last of which appeared in the Detroit Free Press of the date of March 22d, 1879. That article was headed "How Battle Creek Received Its Name, " and was the nearest correct version of the battle between two men of the surveying party engaged in running the exterior township lines about what are now known as Battle Creek, Penfield, Bedford, Convis, and Emmet, in Calhoun county, Assyria in Barry county, and Bellevue in Eaton county, which has come to my notice.

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