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Detroit 1820

BY EPHRAIM S. WILLIAMS

The loss of the steamer Walk-in-the-Water is briefly announced. She went ashore November 1, 1821, near Buffalo Light, and a long account, signed by the passengers, was copied from a Buffalo paper, to which the names of Thomas Palmer and his wife, Mary A. W. Palmer, of Detroit, who were returning from theirs bridal tour, were attached. Their son, Senator Thomas. W. Palmer, has now in his possession two paintings by an artist who was a passenger, and who presented them to Mrs. Palmer. The Walk-in-the-Water was 330 tons burden.
The new steamer Superior, the second on the lakes, Capt. J. Rogers, arrived at Detroit on her trial trip from Black Rock, May 25, 1822. She was 410 feet keel, 29 feet beam, 50 horse power engine and 346 tons burden. Jerry V. R. Ten Eyck, city clerk, calls a public meeting to take into consideration the plan for water works.
A meeting was held in the council hall to reform the judiciary, and separate the judicial from the legislative functions of the "government. March 11, 1822, the Bank of Michigan elected the following officers: President—John R. Williams. Directors—Stephen Mack, Henry J. Hunt, Abram Edwards, Phillip Lecu-yer, Peter J. Desnoyers and Barnabas Campau.
A. Edwards, J. P. Sheldon and P. J. Desnoyers were elected county commissioners. Shubael Conant advertises a house occupied by Dr. Henry for sale. Of all the above mentioned officials and business men but one survives at the present time, Col. John Roberts.
"Alas, what is there in human state, Or who can shun inevitable fate? The doom was written, the decree was past E'er the foundations of the world were cast. "

Detroit Michigan


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