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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

June 14—We spent the forenoon looking around in the woods where they proposed to lay out a city. We then thought it rather visionary. We went up Grand river to see where they had just commenced a saw-mill. After dinner we started on our journey. After leaving Jackson we found a beautiful country composed of oak openings. Six miles from Jackson we crossed Sandstone creek. Went three miles farther and came to what then was known as the Big Marsh. Here we camped for the night, but. could not find any water; consequently we had to eat our supper of salt pork and dry bread without water. After supper we made a shanty of brush, and went to bed, but could hardly sleep on account of the mosquitoes.
June 15—This morning found us very thirsty, so we made an early start without our breakfast, and traveled over five miles before we found water. We then stopped and took breakfast, and after a rest we started on our journey and went as far as Bice creek. Here we camped for the night.
June 16—We broke camp early this morning and pursued our winding way through the open country, following the Indian trail all the way from Ann Arbor to Kalamazoo. All went merrily until about ten o'clock Mr. Toland's team got mired crossing a large marsh. We all turned in and helped pry and lift them out, and again we got under way, until about one o'clock, when we broke the thills to our wagon, but we soon mended them and went as far as Mr. Toland's on Toland's Prairie. This was the first dry prairie I ever saw. It was very beautiful to all, especially to those of us who had never before seen one.

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