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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

June 5—Wading slowly through the Black Swamp we came as far as the Maumee river. Crossed over on a flat-boat, and put up for the night at Mr. Hubbeirs. This is Saturday night and here we staid until Monday morning.
June 7—To-day went as far as Monroe village, on the River Raisin. Crossed the river here and made out to reach Detroit to-day. We did not have a favorable opinion of Michigan, from Monroe to Detroit, at that time. After staying in the city nearly two days, we started for the west part of the State, Kalamazoo being our place of destination. We were two and one half days in reaching Ann Arbor, over the old territorial road. We rested here and replenished our larder, for a final plunge into the then wilderness of Michigan. Here we fell in company with two more wagons, and nine men and one woman, who were going to Kalamazoo county. So we all agreed to keep together and help one another through. About one o'clock we started, marching in Indian file, and stopped for the night somewhere in the vicinity of where Dexter now is. Here we cooked and ate our supper, made our beds under our wagons, and thus had a comfortable night's rest. After getting our breakfast and washing dishes, we started out for Jackson, and reached the city before night, where we staid until morning.

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