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Detroit 1820

BY EPHRAIM S. WILLIAMS

DETROIT THREE SCORE YEARS AGO LEADING MEN OF THE EMBRYONIC METROPOLIS OF MICHIGAN. LOCAL REMINISCENCES OF A REMOTE PERIOD AND OF INTEREST TO MOST RESIDENTS PRESENTED BY EPHRAIM S. WILLIAMS, OF FLINT

Sixty years ago Detroit contained a population of 1,200; Buffalo, 2; 095; Cleveland, 500; Chicago and Milwaukee were nowhere. The home of Congressman Hurd was only heard of in song as the place where potatoes, they grew small on Maumee, " and there was no dispute about the second and third cities in Michigan. With the exception of the settlements on the Clinton river, river Raisin and along the straits, the territory was a wilderness in possession of Indians and wild animals. The following items and incidents are copied from the Detroit Gazette, progenitor of The Free Press, the only newspaper then in Michigan, published by John P. Sheldon and Ebenezer Reed: September 26, 1820, obituary of Col. Daniel Boone. The names of those holding official position in 1821 were: Lewis Cass, governor; Robert A. Forsyth, governor's private secretary (Mr. Forsyth was a brother of Mrs. B. B. Kercheval, who recently celebrated her 85th birthday, surrounded by her daughters and grandchildren, at the home of her son-in-law, Hon. Moses W. Field); William Woodbridge, secretary of the territory; Augustus B. Woodward, James Witherel and John Griffin, judges of the United States court. The governor and judges constituted the legislature. Austin E. Wing, sheriff; Paul D. Anderson, John R. Williams and Abram Edwards, county commissioners; David C. McKinstry, county treasurer; Thomas Palmer, clerk; Charles Larned, prosecuting attorney; Conrad Ten Eyck, city treasurer; Solomon Sibley, delegate to congress; Jonathan Kearsley, United States receiver; James Abbott, postmaster; Lemuel Shattuck, secretary of the lyceum; C. C.

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