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Early Michigan

Oliver Williams

That old woman died near Chesaning about three years ago. I had the pleasure of giving her from year to year articles of clothing, and paid the last act of gratitude I could to her on earth, by furnishing her funeral shroud. In the fall of 1820, the Indian chief and tyrant of all the Saginaw bands,—the dreaded Kish Kor Co, encamped on our farm, and accompanied by his old men counselors, and a body guard of armed braves, came to the house and demanded to be furnished with two barrels of flour and one of pork, which we did not have. But after a smoke from a pipe of peace (one of which my father had) and a few speeches that were interpreted by a Mr. Riley, my father freely offering them what the Great Spirit had given us from the earth, consisting of corn, potatoes and pumpkins then in the field; Kish Kor Co ordered about twenty men and squaws to go with Riley and my oldest brother and gather what was necessary to feed them, and then proceeded to name my father,

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