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Michigan

OAKLAND COUNTY

An incident has been related to me, illustrating how old practices are sometimes broken up in a hurry. When the first frame barn in this town was ready to go up, the owner on going round to ask the hands to assist, gave each one notice that no whisky would be used at the raising. It was a large barn with heavy timbers, and the opinion was confidently expressed that it could not be raised without the "flowing bowl." The day came, and when everything was ready the word was given to raise the first bent. The men who believed it could not be done without liquor were determined to make a test case of it, So they drew off in a body and refused to touch the timber. The temperance men seized the bent, raised it to its place and fastened it there amid the most deafening cheers; whereupon the other side rushed in with good humor, and the barn was raised in a hurry.

Oakland Co. Michigan


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