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George Ketchum became interested in a water power on a large affluent of Grand river, in the county of Kent, and made some expensive improvements thereon. But the venture never paid, not because the works were not valuable, but because they were in advance of the business of the country. Becoming somewhat embarrassed in his circumstances, Mr. Ketchum went to California and was engaged in canaling for mining purposes, a business with which he was familiar, having been a successful contractor on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad before coming to Michigan. If his career had not been cut short by sickness and death, there is no doubt that he would have succeeded to his entire satisfaction. He made some money, a part of which has been secured to his estimable widow, but the greater part absorbed by the Shylocks who know that dead men tell no tales. He died at Sonoma, California, June 29th, 1853. Sidney S. Alcott filled a conspicuous place among the enterprising and business men of the town for many years. He also filled some town and county offices with fidelity and credit. He was a warm and devoted friend, scrupulously honest, and died some years ago in Boston without a known enemy. Col. Charles Dickey is among our oldest and most honored pioneers, and has been before the public as one of its faithful servants a greater length of time than any other man in the county.

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