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A PIONEER MINISTER

BY REV. SUPPLY CHASE
APRIL 21, 1873

At the present day these are all gone. Some old ruins are all that remain to mark th'e sites of these cities of a former age. At the time of which we speak business was very brisk, shipbuilding was being carried on, a glass factory was nearly completed, and a heavy business was done in the purchase and shipment of staves. Situated at the head of navigation, on the Clinton river, it was connected with Detroit by steamboat, three times a week. In the autumn of 1835 a Baptist church was organized here, of which the writer became pastor. It had no house of worship, neither was there a meeting house of any denomination in the county of Macomb. A court-house and jail of hewed timber occupied a part of the public square, a small school house, nearly finished, was the only other public building in the town. In addition to the Baptist church, there was also a Presbyterian church, and a Methodist class. The Presbyterians, by right of priority, claimed the court house for their use, while the school-house was used by the Baptists in the morning, and by the Methodists in the afternoon. Such was the situation in May, 1836, when the writer became a resident of Mt. Clemens. In his ministry the morning was spent in the village. After a hasty dinner the horse was saddled and away to some log school-house in the woods where a neighborhood congregation would be found waiting to hear the gospel, and after a supper on some settler's plain fare, away to a third appointment in the evening. During the week one or two sermons were preached in settlements that could not be reached on the Sabbath. Where school-houses were found they were used; where none existed, the log cabin of the settler was thrown open and the neighbors were called together to hear the Word. In the warm weather of summer, barns were used when they were to be had.

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