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Michigan

OAKLAND COUNTY

It cut first-rate for three or four rods, when the keen edge of the knives disappeared, and not having any shoulder or guards to work against they refused to do duty. The genius of the deacon was equal to the emergency, (in prospective at least). He proposed to attach a grind-stone in a way that would make the knives sharpen themselves as they revolved. A platform for grain was to be added, a threshing machine following would deliver the grain ready cleaned into bags, which one man would tie up and tumble off, and the work was done. He had a- recommend already made out, which his neighbors signed after cutting down a good deal. He then went east among his old friends in the state of New York, and came back loaded with the spoils of victory. There is an addendum to this piece of history, which it will not do to pass over. Mr Ingersoll had a very fine young peach orchard, and in one corner of the field was an old basswood stump. A man going that way one afternoon set fire to this stump with his sun-glass, (to light his pipe, I suppose).

Oakland Co. Michigan


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