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Michigan

STARTING LIFE ANEW IN THE WOODS

Goddard had just erected his log shanty, and with his family was occupying it. Its roof, covered with shakes, was flat, sloping to the south, while the crevices between the logs were yet open. There was only one room in it. Goddard and his family must have numbered seven or eight, and the four guests made eleven in all. Rather a full hive. The supper, which was one of those frugal meals for which the early settler's table was noted, was heartily partaken of by our party. When the hour for retiring came, the most difficult of questions arose. Goddard and his wife conferred together, and each suggested a plan by which their guests could get rest and sleep for the night. One thing was settled—they had no bed for them. But a bed must be improvised on the floor. One bed for the four. The ladies now conferred on the matter, and the following plan was adopted: First, Mrs. Ransom and Mrs. Lovell laid down side by side; then Mr. Ransom laid by the side of his wife, and Mr. Lovell by the side of his wife. In the morning they declared they never slept sounder or sweeter in their lives. After breakfast they pursued their journey to Toland Prairie. On fording the Kalamazoo River, south of where Galesburg now is, the oxen amid the anchor ice of the current became unmanageable, and the party were likely to get soused in the cold stream, when Roswell Ransom leaped into the water up to his arms, and righting matters, drove the cattle safely through to the opposite shore. Walking a mile after this in cold November weather, before he got to a fire, was not a very pleasant task. The party, on arriving at Tuttle's, were happy as pilgrims on reaching their long-desired Mecca. After long weeks of weary travel they had got to their new western home. Ransom and Lovell, in a previous visit, had bought lands on the prairie of Wm. Toland. They now went into the new log house he had built.

Early Michigan


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