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Michigan

Jackson Mi.

The Durands went to work industriously on their land, chopping and clearing, so as to prepare it as soon as possible for the much needed crop. To them belongs the honor of being the first to sow winter wheat in the county of Jackson; to scatter broadcast the seed for that crop which has always since been the great staple, not only of the county, but of all Michigan. Mr. John Durand was a consistent and earnest member of the Methodist church, and his labors and prayers did much to build up and keep together the little society, in the early days of that church in Jackson. He continued to reside on his place, an industrious and useful member of society until his death in June, 1852. In September, 1830, Dr. Samson Stoddard came, with others, to Jack-sonburg, and he was the first physician to locate in the county. Dr. Stoddard was the first county clerk and county treasurer in and for the county of Jackson. He held both offices from the organization of the county until 1836. After remaining in Jackson several years, Dr. Stoddard removed to Spring Arbor, where he lived honored and respected, until a few years before his death, when he went to live with a son at Albion, where he died in 1877.

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