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A PIONEER MINISTER

BY REV. SUPPLY CHASE
APRIL 21, 1873

In this manner the entire region that could be reached from Mt. Clemens was visited and the gospel preached. In nearly every settlement Sabbath schools were instituted. These stated preaching excursions were generally made on horseback; the roads, if such they could be called, not permitting a carriage, and extending through the towns of Clinton, Macomb, Jefferson, Lenox, and Ray, along both sides of the Clinton river, nearly to Utica, into the Red Run settlement, and down toward the mouth of the river until the Catholic settlements were reached. This comprehended the several cities and villages referred to. Occasionally a visit was made to the half-way house, on the Gratiot turnpike, where was a small settlement. Although the spring of 1836 was very dry, about the 10th of June the rain commenced falling; and in such abundance that the whole country was flooded; the streams overflowed their banks, carrying away nearly all the bridges and rendering traveling nearly out of the question. Twice during that summer the Clinton river overflowed all the lower part of the town, so that the inhabitants were under the necessity of leaving their houses and betaking themselves to the upland. The whole country seemed to be an interminable swamp. The corduroy was even often afloat, requiring the skill of a Canadian pony to cross in safety. This and the succeeding year, 1837, were known as the years when the water in the rivers and great lakes was higher than it had ever been known.

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