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A SKETCH OF LUCIUS LYON

by GEORGE H. WHITE

They gave full descriptions of the country, full accounts of all incidents occurring (however minute) of a noticeable character. Prom them a history could be made that would be an invaluable picture of the times, but unfortunately the most of them were destroyed by a fire at Grand Rapids nearly thirty years ago. He continued surveying until 1832, being brought by it into various parts of the lower peninsula of Michigan and into various parts of Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. His winters were spent in Detroit. His acquaintance with every part of the territory, his immense fund of knowledge concerning it, and his personal acquaintance with almost every white person in it, resulted in his being called upon by every new comer for information where to locate lands, and where water power and other sought for facilities existed; his urbanity and pains in communicating this knowledge, and its value to them, procured him large returns, as well as made him lifelong friends. These funds, as fast as he could, he invested in lands at well chosen points, suitable for town sites. At the end of ten years "he was one of the wealthiest men, if not the wealthiest man in the territory. In the meantime he made several trips to his native. state and to other eastern points, and wherever he went he took pains to spread among the leaders of public opinion and financial operations, information about the territory, its resources, laws and customs. On his first trip to Vermont, where he arrived June 24, 1824, and remained until near the close of August, he spent several weeks of his time at' Middlebury, taking special instruction in several scientific studies to better fit himself for discovering and investigating the resources of Michigan territory, one of which was geology.

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