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Michigan

Jackson


There being then no minister of the Gospel in the county, the funeral services were conducted by Mr. Samuel Roberts, an exhorter and a member of the Methodist church, living in Sandstone, some four miles west of Jackson.
PIONEERS.
James Valentine was one of the earliest settlers in Jacksonburgh. He was chosen a school inspector at an election held April 4th, 1831, and was the first judge of probate elected in the county, serving from 1833 to 1836. Wm. D. Thompson came to Jackson in 1831. In the fall of 1831 he opened a boot and shoe store, the first of the kind in Jacksonburg. In 1834 he built and occupied a store on the south side of Main street, just east of the public-square. In 1838 he sold his stock in trade to Walter Fish, and entered into partnership with George B. Cooper, who was doing a general mercantile business. He was elected county clerk, and served for the years 1836-7. He was one of the school board in 1837. In 1841, upon the completion of the Michigan Central Railroad to Jackson, Mr. Thompson was appointed freight agent, and continued on the road for a period of ten years.

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