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Michigan

STARTING LIFE ANEW IN THE WOODS

In the month of May, 1831, another company of pioneers were threading their way, with knapsack and staff, through the wilderness of Calhoun county. They had come in the old "mud wagon" from Detroit to Jacksonburg, "and were making the rest of their journey afoot. They were going by way of Tuttle's on Toland, to Gull Prairie. The party consisted of Joseph Corey, now of Galesburg, his brother Philip, Cyrus Lovell, a young lawyer, and Deacons Samuel Brown, Asa Briggs, and Phillip Gray. Ascending the Conway hill, and reaching the eastern border of Goguac Prairie, they discern in the distance, over on the southwest side near the woods, two emigrant wagons. It was now sunset. They direct their steps toward the strangers. On coming up to them they prove to be Daniel and Jonathan Thomas and their families. They had also just reached there; but were sadly disappointed to find the log house which they had erected on a previous visit to this prairie, burned to the ground. Twas supposed that the Indians setting fire to the dry grass on the prairie, this fire reaching the house consumed it. The two parties pitched their tents and spent the night there together. As the Thomases had nothing to give them for breakfast next morning, our party started early for Tuttle's, whose hospitable cabin they reached about mid-forenoon, tired and hungry. Here they got their breakfast and rested from their long, tiresome journey. The next day the party save Lovell, went to Gull Prairie, another addition to the colony already planted there.

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