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The territorial road was laid through this county, and has in the past, particularly, been of incalculable convenience and advantage both to the settler and passing emigrant. Covered wagons literally whitened its entire length from 1832 to 1837. Many exceedingly interesting anecdotes are told of the log way-side taverns, with their rude and limited accommodations-such as meat without bread or vegetables, pounded corn and milk, and not infrequently milk without other accompaniments, provided the traveler could wait till the cow could be hunted up and milked. The finding of the cow ¦was often a labor of doubt and time, as the extensive pastures of the township of Green embraced what is now known as the counties of Calhoun, Branch, Eaton, St. Joseph, and some terra incognita lying north of Eaton. I think crossing streams and marshes, unbridged as they chiefly were, afforded some amusement arid variety. Stringers were thrown across the streams and then covered with round logs or poles, which, as they were not fastened and usually afloat, afforded a very insecure foothold for man or beast. George Ketchum wrote to a friend, April 27th, 1831, as follows: " I started from Ann Arbor Friday, 12 o'clock, for Calhoun, with two wagons, two yoke of oxen, two cows, one calf, seven men and one woman and child. The distance to Calhoun is 65 miles from this place, (Ann Arbor) through marshes and creeks. The road otherwise is good. We crossed one large marsh where we had to carry all our things on our backs for the distance of 80 rods, in water knee deep. The oxen we drove over singly, and one broke through the bog and we worked two hours to get him out, with chains under him and around his horns, and it was as much as eight men could do to get him over, the ground was so soft." o The Calhoun County Bank was incorporated in 1836, with a capital stock of $100,000.

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