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EARLY MICHIGAN

MICHIGAN TERRITORY IN 1820

with this dry subject, right after the delightful music, right after the address of Dr. Alger, the "Old Man Eloquent, " and the interesting and touching tribute' by Hon. Harvey Haynes to the memory of Hon. Roland Boot and others of our fellow pioneers who have left us during the past year. I had a vague idea that the town of Green was lying about here somewhere or had been here sometime, but just where and when I did-not know: Consulting encyclopaedias brought no consolation. There was nothing in the American, Johnson's, Chambers' or Britannica about this ancient town. Almost as a last resort I consulted the president's message, but although it contained everything else, he had, alas, forgotten to speak of the town of Green. Then-1 consulted the statutes of the Michigan Territorial Council and talked with the oldest pioneers, who were in Michigan before I was born. We came here in 1835, but when we arrived the town of Green had had its brief career and had passed into history. We came to the place where this old town was, but it was here no more forever. Yes, Branch county was once the town of Green. Not this county alone but Eaton and Calhoun and "all the country north of Eaton" composed this town. The section of this act organizing this town was approved Nov. 5, 1829, and reads as follows:
Sec. 5. That the counties of Branch, Calhoun and Eaton and all the country lying north of the county of Eaton, which are attached to and compose a part of the county of St. Joseph, shall form a township by the name of Green, and the first township meeting shall be held at the house of Jabez Bronson in said township' The house where the meeting to elect township officers was held was in that part of the town of Green which was some years afterwards named Bronson, after Jabez Bronson. It was a long, low, log house, but however low, such houses always had a chamber above for sleeping room. It was a little way back from the street, near where the flouring-mill now stands.

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