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There is no tavern or other drinking place in town, and but few to patronise them if (unfortunately) they were here; but four churches, with their heaven-pointing spires, adorn the landscape. Good school buildings and numerous good schools attest the importance attached to education and refined manners. The town has erected an inexpensive but commodious town-house. The chief products are wheat, wool, cattle and fruits, and the principal market is Marshall. There is no post-office in town. The Coldwater, Marshall and Mackinaw R. R. going through the centre of the town, is now ready for the iron, which will be laid in 1877. In the Lion lake region are fine flocks of merino sheep, and directly north of Long lake Mr. Hyde has a herd of Durham cattle, and adjoining Marshall, on the Coldwater road, Mr. H. H. Comstock has a fine Hambletonian stallion. Ebby Hyde, who, it will have been seen, was an early settler in Fredonia, and who was the peer of such men as Houston, Fredenburg, Aldrich, Blue, Briggs and Platner, died years ago in a ripe old age, upon the farm which he entered. He is better known at this period as the father of Professor Hyde, of New York, and of A. O. Hyde, of Marshall, and of E. V. B. Hyde, of Fredonia. The writer remembers him as a venerable man, possessing strong and correct views of men and measures, and ready at all times to express his honest convictions upon any topic of conversation which might be introduced.

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