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George Ketchum, brother of Sidney, arrived in Marshall in the spring of 1831, bringing with him five or six other persons. Mr. Ketchum was a man of strong frame, well balanced mind, and accustomed to carrying on a great diversity of business, and to have the control of men. He immediately set about the erection of a saw-mill upon Rice Creek, near the south end of Mr. Perrin's dam. The millwright was Benjamin Wright, assisted by H. P. Wisner, Ashael Warner and one other person. When the frame was ready to " raise," the persons named, with the help of a tree which stood at a convenient distance as a spring pole and a tackle and block, accomplished the feat. This mill was in operation by September ensuing, and its benefits to the settlers can hardly be estimated. Up to that time the pioneers were living without floors, and often without doors to their houses. The houses were covered with bark, shakes, or split logs. This, too, be it remembered, when the woods swarmed with Indians and wild beasts, and the entire white population less than ten persons. In about one year from this time, a grist-mill, which stood just above the saw-mill, was completed. These mills were the first erected in this county, and dispensed their favors over an extensive region of country. At the time the grist-mill was put in operation, a bushel of wheat had not been raised and threshed in this county. John Bertram had purchased a threshing machine, which was being run by Joseph Shipp and Robert Williamson for his account on Climax Prairie. Bertram took wheat for his pay, and this grain found its way to Ketchum's mill. Wheat was purchased on Gun Plains also for the same purpose.

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