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Early Michigan

Oliver Williams

I wish here to correct an error to be found in Charles Landon's Red Book of Michigan. On page 80 he states that in 1819 this " steamboat first made her appearance on Lake Erie," and again on page 126 says, " the Walk-in-the-Water, Capt. Jedediah Rogers, arrived at Detroit May 20, 1819, and occupied a week in making one trip to Black Rock." Those statements are incorrect. The boat certainly first came to Detroit in 1818,—our family all saw her on her arrival; and in 1819 we were in the interior. There must be somewhere a correct date of the day and month. In 1818 the first of the interior settlements made in the territory, were commenced in Oakland county. Early in the month of September of that year, my father and mother, uncle and aunt, with two gentlemen friends, all on horseback, with a French guide, followed the Saginaw Indian trail out into the section now called Oakland county. These two ladies were then considered to be the first English speaking American -women who had ever voluntarily slept in the back woods of Michigan.

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