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FORTY YEARS AGO (1833)

BY REV. ELIJAH H. PILCHER

In 1838 the Marshall District was formed, embracing Hillsdale, Branch, Calhoun, Jackson, Ingham, Eaton, Barry, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Clinton and Shiawassee counties, with a part of Lenawee, Washtenaw, -Livingston and Genesee, and it was my fortune to be assigned to the charge of it, as Presiding Elder. At this time there were no cross-roads through Ingham, Eaton, and Barry counties, so that, when once started on the northern line, it was necessary to keep going until all the charges on that line were visited, which required an absence from home of from five to six weeks. The traveling had to be performed on horseback or afoot, as one pleased., Occasionally, one might go to church in an ox wagon. The fare and accommodations on this route were such as might be expected for so new a country.
I determined to change the order of things a little, and succeeded* to some extent before the four years' term expired; that was to find a way through the woods, so as to travel north and south, as well as east and west. To accomplish this required many a lonely ride through the trackless forests, and to ford streams which crossed the path. The effort was rewarded by enabling me to visit my family more frequently. Something was contributed towards the settlement of these counties in this way.
AMUSING INCIDENTS.
One or two little incidents, amusing and pleasant to be remembered, occurred during this period. On one occasion, having to attend a quarterly meeting in Eaton county, I came into the neighborhood with Rev. W. E. Bigelow, now of the Flint District, who was then just entered on his itinerant career, and we stopped at the house where we were directed to stay.

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