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The first minister of the gospel entitled to mention as a man of the county, was the Rev. Calvin Clark, who came into this state in 1835, and whose parish included not only Calhoun county, but parts adjacent. He still lives and labors in the work of the ministry to great acceptability and profit. His long and holy life commends him to the love and confidence of every one who has the happiness of his acquaintance. His present residence is the city of Marshall, but his field is the state. In this connection an extract from a paper read before the Pioneer Society of Detroit by the Rev. O. C. Thompson, so far as it relates to his entry into Calhoun county, is deemed entirely pertinent: "West of Jackson it was next to impossible to distinguish the main road from the Indian trails and paths of new settlers. I came at last to the openings and was obliged to make my dinner that day on raw turnips, growing in a deserted homestead. Late in the afternoon of the second day's tramp I entered a ten mile woods, beyond which I was told were accommodations for travelers. The sky was overcast with clouds, and soon the rain began to fall; before I had half accomplished my task, the night set in fearfully dark and gloomy; the stillness was broken only by the howling of wolves. I began to feel that my situation was anything but pleasant, and might be sadly disastrous, and quickened my steps. Just then the noise of wagons and teamsters on the road before mJe was a glad and welcome sound. It proved to be several families of emigrants like myself bound for that same house of entertainment beyond the woods. Among these were the Rev. J. D. Pierce and family. His wife, whom he had recently married, a highly intelligent lady from a wealthy family in the State of New York, was sitting in her silks in an open ox wagon drenched to the skin with the falling rain.

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