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Misc Stories

BY EPHRAIM S. WILLIAMS

This old structure to-day, as compared with the new building, which has been termed a ''palace' and other synonymous names, dwindles into mere nothing; yet forty eight years ago, when the initial steps 1 towards its construction were taken, it was regarded by those who were about to build it as a structure of which they could feel proud, and they undoubtedly did. Accustomed to meeting in private houses, in small, incommodious halls, it was no more than natural that they should regard the bundle of specifications, and not long after the building which grew out of them, with a smile of satisfaction. From the dim and dusty records of the proceedings of the township board of nearly fifty years ago was learned a brief history of the preparations for the construction of the building. At a meeting of the board held on the 2d day of March, 1838, a resolution that a building for the use of county officials be constructed was introduced. There were present at this meeting, Jeremiah Riggs, a supervisor; A. lire and A. Miller, two justices of the peace; and E. S. Williams, the township clerk. Those five persons laid the plans for the building that has served the county for so many years. Many old residents will remember the forms and faces of those five persons. References are not at hand at present to say much of these early incidents. E. S. Williams, brother of Gardner I). Williams, now deceased, is still living. In the early days he was a prominent resident of Saginaw City and county. He has-been spoken of in connection with Harvey Williams, the pioneer, whose popularity is well remembered.

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