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Michigan

OAKLAND COUNTY

Historical Essay Read by Robert Yerkes at the Dedication of the Town Hall,
at Novi, September 9th, 1876.

Perhaps most of us under estimate the importance attaching to the inception and early growth of the township. Each anniversary of our , national birthday is heralded with all the "pomp and circumstance of war," and greeted by the enthusiasm of a vast population; yet the' Union is made up of states, the states of counties, the strong abutment of which is the township. Besides the primary value of the town as the unit in our political system there are other reasons why we should honor its birth, and place that period of time on the list of our gala days: The early history of every community is inseparably connected with the trials and struggles of its founders. Here it may be they have fought, the battle of life in the first ardor of youth—with the trained courage of man or womanhood, or the gravity of old age. There are many who' know no other land as their birthplace; its current history has been, their household talk; its ways and by-ways their frequented haunts; its green spring time and glorious autumn their familiar sights, and its six miles square of field and woodland the dearest spot on earth. Let us then for an hour leave our politics, our fields, the daily round of work, and give that time to the early and fast fading history of our township.

Oakland Co. Michigan


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