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DETROIT IN 1838

BY HENRY A. FORD

Postmaster Codd has in his possession a work that reflects a great deal of the life of this, city when its population was less than 10, 000. It is a "Directory of the City of Detroit with its environs and register of Michigan for the year 1837. " It is a book of about 200 pages, and professes to contain "a classification of the professions and principal trades in the city, every information relative to officers of the municipal government, to public offices and officers, to churches, associations and institutions, to shipping, steamboats, stages, &c. Also, a list of the State and County Officers, &c, &c, by Julius P. Bolivar MacCabe. " It is printed by William Harsha, father of Walter Harsha, present clerk of the United States circuit court.
The first thirty six pages are given up to advertising, thus showing that there were many shrewd business men here at that time. Among these advertisements may be found much to amuse. One page announces that: "The Detroit Evening Spectator and Literary Gazette is published on an imperial sheet, on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at $4 per annum. Its first page is devoted to belles lettres and science; its second, to the current news of the day, and editorial matter, comprising comments on passing events, full reports on important public meetings, remarks on literary and moral subjects, etc., etc. The two remaining pages are devoted to advertisements. " At that early date the city possessed a Detroit museum. It was situated on the corner of Jefferson avenue and Griswold street. By its advertisement "the public are respectfully informed that this establishment has lately been fitted -up in a neat and elegant style, with many additions and improvements.

DETROIT MICHIGAN


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