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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

the Benton House, the Merrifield building, occupied now by W. G. Patterson, the present Second National bank building, and the store of Mr. F. M. Cowles, since burned and rebuilt, where N. F. Jenison now is. Burr & Grove kept a hardware store about where Simons' Palace store is now. It was said that young George Grove would marry the sprightly Miss McFariane. John Thomas & Co.. of which firm Major Merrifield was a member, kept a dry goods store next door. David Ekstein kept cigars and toys, and Lederer & Brothers kept a clothing store about where Newman's store is now. D. W. Buck was in the furniture trade. J. C. Bailey kept the only bank in town in the present Second National bank building. Van Murphy was postmaster, and kept the office up near the Hudson House. J. W. & E. Longyear kept their law office over Bailey's bank. S. E. Longyear and R. C. part were law students in their office. It was whispered that young Dart was enamored of Miss Sarah Darling, one of the reigning belles of the time. S. I. Bingham, with his bushy hair and blue swallow-tail coat with brass buttons, held forth at the State offices, and it was an open secret that he was a suitor for the hand of the handsome Miss Charlotte Dexter, a student at the college. The brilliant George W. Peck was a star of the time. D. C. Leach lived in a one-story wood dwelling next north of the fine brick he after-wards built on Washington avenue. He was editor of the Republican, which was printed in a wooden building then standing in the rear of the Hudson house, but which has been removed, and is used by G. B. Sutton as a livery stable. The Journal was then edited by George W. Peck, who soon after sold it to S. P. Mead, and he in turn sold a half interest to J. M. Griswold. Orlando M. Barnes of Mason, was prosecuting attorney; to-day he received the opposition vote for U. S. senator.

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