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Gratiot County Michigan

Gratiot County

Mr. Ely's boat was then taken to Alma; the load of provisions distributed by Mr. Ely to all present in want, in proportion to the number of their families, to those unable to pay as well as to those with plenty of money. By this generous act many a husband and father was enabled to return to his home with heavy loads on their backs, and tired limbs, but with light hearts; thus ended the darning of the river for that year, except, possibly, the expressions of some of the proprietors of St. Louis were a little mixed with that article; subsequently, and after seeing legal counsel, a dam was built, a suitable passage-way provided for boats, rafts and timber, which ended the controversy in that direction. The fall of 1856 was expressly noted for two uncommon events: the great number of wild beasts that were in the woods, and the dense smoke that shut out the sun and almost everything else from sight for nearly a week. So thick was the smoke that the largest objects could not be seen or more than three or four feet.

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