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EARLY MICHIGAN

MICHIGAN TERRITORY IN 1820

I went on with the improvement. I could obtain anything I wished on time, my credit was unlimited, better than it is at this time. my mill was framed and raised. I found a millwright. I previously bought a yoke of oxen and a wagon on' time. I sent one of my hands with the ox team to Detroit for the irons and castings, as they could not be obtained nearer. I had previously engaged them. I was endorsed by Oliver Raymond. who was at that time a resident of Sturgis, and was well acquainted with the furnace man, A. M. Hurd. My man was obliged to stay at Detroit until the mill irons were completed. I sent my note payable one year from ¦date for $150, by previous agreement. I started the mill about the middle of October. I settled with the millwright by giving him my note for $125, payable one year from date. After I started the mill I had only cut a"few logs when the dam broke and came near upsetting the mill. I soon repaired both mill and dam, and started the mill again. For more than four months I was not out of sight of the mill, and ran it alone that time eighteen hours out of every twenty four. I soon had piles of lumber about the mill, after supplying the demand in Branch and St. Joseph counties, but I was heavily in debt and must raise money and was at a loss how. The roads through the heavy timber lands were impassable to haul half a load. There was no snow that winter, and I was obliged to haul logs on trucks. I conceived the idea of clearing out the creek about five miles to the openings for the purpose of ¦conveying my lumber to some market. I hired the only man who was willing to assist me in the tedious job of working in ice water in the month of March.

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