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MICHIGAN'S OLD STATE CAPITOL

SUCCUMBS TO THE FLAMES AFTER THIRTYFIVE YEARS OF SERVICE From the Lansing Republican, Dec. 19, 1882

Miss Anna Post, now Mrs. D. W. Van Auken (her daughter was married the other day) was another. In the winter Miss Mary Horner, whom some of our readers have since known as Mrs. George P. Sanford, was the other. Mr. B. F. Simons was one of the students. The honest face of quiet little Jimmy Turner brightened as new ideas were grasped; Charley Lewis, the future famous M. Quad, kept the school in a roar with his funny declamations. Seymour Foster, whose father, Theodore Foster, was the superintendent of the reform school, which stood far out in the stumpy fields to the left, was a serious-faced, quiet boy. (Last fall teacher and pupil were respectively chairman of the democratic and republican county committees. ) His bright sister, Fannie, gave promise of the fine features of the present Mrs. A. E. Cowles. Lelia Parmelee, now Bixby, was a handsomer girl than her late invalid face would indicate. H. H. Smith, D. L. Case, and James Turner were the potential triumvirate of Lower Town. James I. Mead kept a store on the corner of Cedar and Franklin streets, but he attended strictly to business. His young clerk, John Hobson, was just from the country, fresh and bright. H. H. Smith & Co. kept a store where Northrop's drug store now is, and between that and the hotel (now Franklin house), kept by Horace Angell, there were no buildings, as there were none between it and the river. D. W. Van Auken was the Company of H. H. Smith in the mercantile business, as he was of Miss Post in the prospective matrimonial business. John Tooker was a genial, witty young fellow, who worked in the foundry. Hart's mill was the only one in town, and was managed by Ben. Hart. Judge Hart yet lived in Lapeer. There were just four brick buildings in town,

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