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The monuments of his enterprise are in part destroyed. The Methodist church and the stone mill have been burned, but his dwelling house, now the residence of Charles T. Dibble, Esq., remains, surrounded by the beautiful oaks which were once his especial delight. The Marshall House, which was at one time the largest and finest hotel in the state, out of the city of Detroit, was built by Mr. Ketchum. The daily line of stages which " changed " at this house, and which gave so much life to its surroundings, was another enterprise mainly due to him. The Bank of Calhoun county, of which Mr. Ketchum was president, and which he may be said to have controlled, long since collapsed. The above, and a countless number of other enterprises, absorbed the time and means of Mr. Ketchum. About this time, as the writer is informed, the project of building a railroad from Marshall to Allegan was so nearly accomplished that coaches were purchased. At any rate, coach cushions for said coaches arrived in Marshall. Mr. Ketchum's journeys to and from " the east" in negotiating loans were so frequent and so well understood, that payment of taxes, debts, etc., depended (in the phrase of the time) upon Mr. Ketchum's return from " the east." There is no doubt that in all the financial matters of that early period, he was the mighty moving power. But loans could no longer be effected, and those made had to be paid. Then the crash came, and Mr. Ketchum, with a thousand others, became hopelessly bankrupt. He made a manly effort .to retrieve his lost fortune by the purchase and sale of real estate in New York city, but fortune frowned upon him, and in his decrepitude and age he returned to the theater of his former successes to find a resting place for his weary and worn out body. He had not long to wait. He died September 16th. 1862.

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