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Michigan

By Rev. S. N. Griffith

Fort Wayne Mission was to be served by Rev. Boyed Phelps, but by consent of all concerned the presiding elder allowed the Fort Wayne work and the St. Joseph work to be thrown together and making a six weeks mission of it, and the three preachers above named in connection with this work to work together. Kalamazoo Mission was supplied by Rev. J. T. Robe, who was appointed by the Indiana Conference to that work. Laporte Mission was supplied by the presiding elder, Rev. James Armstrong. Rev. James Armstrong is said to have been the first presiding elder that ever visited Kalamazoo, or rather the place where it is now located, but but he did not hold any religious services in the place. This was prob-ably in the summer of 1833, when he attended the camp-meeting held on Big Prairie Ronde, where the Rev. J. T. Robe held a camp-meeting near to where Judge H. G. Wells was then living. The judge now lives in Kalamazoo, highly respected. Rev. J. T. Robe on horseback, and with the tra-ditional saddlebags, fording the swollen streams, sometimes swimming |them on horseback, sometimes mired down nearly all over, following Iflbridle-paths and Indian trails,

EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM


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