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Michigan

Jackson Mi.

The second house in the village was a large double log house, on Main street, on the lot on which is now the marble front block of stores built by Wiley R. Reynolds and M. B. Breitenback. This house was built by Isaiah W. Bennett and William R. Thompson on their lands, to accommodate the workmen who came here for the purpose of building their saw-mill and making other improvements. This large and commodious building was for several years occupied as a tavern, and was for most of that time the most notable place of resort in the growing village. Linus Gillett and wife, and Josephus Case and his wife, were of those who came with the party who were engaged to build the mill, Mr. Case being a blacksmith, and Mr. and Mrs. Gillett were to board the workmen when a house should be provided in which they could live. Until the second house was inclosed they all occupied the house of Mr. Blackman. Mrs. Gillett and Mrs, Case were the first white women who settled in Jackson county. Mr. Gillett placed his anvil on a stump, cut off proper height, and faced down for that purpose. This was without cover.

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