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Michigan

STARTING LIFE ANEW IN THE WOODS

To the north was an open glade, then finely wooded openings some two miles to the territorial road. Goguac Prairie was the same distance to the northeast. Being established in the new home, we began to cast about us for means of subsistence. As was most usual, when the pioneer reached his lands here and erected his cabin, his money was all gone. We were left to our only resource —labor. This was all the capital we had. My brothers had cut hay for the cattle from the marsh near by. But we must have winter 'stores for the family and corn for the cattle, the pigs and hens. The two latter yet to be procured and paid for somehow or other. The settlement on Goguac was about five- years old. This was our Egypt for wheat, corn, potatoes, and other necessary supplies. There we found a chance to husk corn and dig potatoes on shares, and. by dint of various kinds of labor, we secured some wheat and pork. Many things were not to be had for money or labor. Here the rich and poor were on a level. Wheat and corn suggested a grist mill. The nearest one was at Comstock, on the west, or Marshall, on the east; some seventeen miles to either of them. There was a primitive grist-mill some quarter of a mile from our home, in a small Indian hamlet on the banks of a rush-bordered lake. On several occasions we had noticed the squaws grinding corn at this mill. It was constructed in this manner: A long pole or sapling was pinned to a tree, like a well-sweep; a smaller pole was suspended from the elevated end of the sweep, the lower part of which was pestle-shaped; the top of a stump was hollowed out, to hold the corn. The sweep was then worked up and down by one of the squaws, while another steadied and directed the pestle, which, as it came down mashed the corn in this crude mortar. We concluded not to take our grist to this mill; and as the Battle Creek mill was not running, we went to the one at Marshall.

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