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The following article from the pen of Mrs. John Amsley and Mrs. G. W. Dryer, as illustrative of early times in Calhoun county, is copied from the History and Directory of Calhoun County, compiled and published 1869, by E. J. Rust. Mrs. Dryer is now dead:
" In the year 1831, when the Michigan fever was carrying off hundreds to that country, my husband and myself, then residing in Pennsylvania, caught the raging epidemic. Being young, and possessing a good share of firmness, connected with more than common constitutions, we made up our minds that Michigan was the place for us. Having both lost our parents when quite young, we were left with no other fortune than to earn our bread by the sweat of our brows. Having been married only three years our capital, of course, was small. We made a vendue and sold all our household furniture excepting a little salt dish and a few bed-clothes. We were so carried away with the idea of moving to the far west, we scarcely thought but what the comforts and conveniences of life were the abundant products of that much extolled El Dorado.
Two small trunks, a chest of carpenter's tools and a little daughter ten months old and $300 in money constituted our earthly all.

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