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Michigan State

Education

During the period from 1833 to 1837, there had been a very large accession to the resident population of Michigan. Practically, therefore, that period must be regarded as the era marking not only the general settlement and outgrowth of the state, but the birth-time of pioneer effort. Pushing boldly into the interior, settlers were everywhere to be found busily employed in selecting, marking and clearing the sites of their future homesteads. Shortly thereafter the hearth-stones and family roof-trees might be seen thickly dotting county after county across the broad peninsula.
We have thus reached, as previously intimated, a class of settlers pre-eminently entitled to the designation of " Pioneers." Possessed of all the peculiar characteristics, both physical and mental, so essential for breasting the exigencies of border life, they soon became a power in the land. For they brought with them the elements of a grand civilization, gleaned and garnered up from more eastern seats of culture, theretofore constituting the homes of a goodly portion of their number.

University of Michigan


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