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Capt. W. bet $30 against an old horse owned by Mr. Willard that the town would be visited within the next twenty-four hours by as many as eighty strangers. The bet was won by Capt. Whitaker, and the old horse was given to a Dr. Pierce, the first M. D. Every one was then happy at the prospects ahead, but the tide soon turned, and most of the first settlers either had to go to work and procure a living from the sale of wood and timber, and from the cultivation of the soil, or leave for a more prosperous locality.
CALHOUN COUNTY.
History of Calhoun County-Compiled by Doctor O. C. Comstock, of Marshall. A little over 80 years since this region of country was surrendered by treaty with the Indians to the government of the United States. In 1830 the land was offered for sale. The county of Calhoun was laid off and its boundaries fixed by statute, approved October 29,1829, and the, township of Green established therein, including also the counties of Eaton and Branch. The first town meeting of the said township of Green was held (if held at all), at the house of one Jabez Bronson, in said town, agreeably to act, approved November 3d, 1829. The record of said meeting, and indeed the residence of Mr. Bronson, is unknown to the writer. The seat of justice for the county of Calhoun was established by Thomas Rowland, Roger Sprague and Joseph Torry, who decided "upon a point in the line dividing sections 25 and 26, in town two, south of range six west, on or very near the centre of the west half of the northwest quarter of section 26, being northeast, distant about three miles from the geographical centre of the county." This was proclaimed and established by the governor, (G. B. Porter), October 17th, 1831. The county is centrally located, and is eminently a first-class agricultural district. Wheat is the staple product, but all the coarser grains are grown in great perfection, including also roots grasses, and fruits. Wool, especially the finer grades, is produced here as cheaply as in any part of the northwest, and commands as high a price.

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