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FORTY YEARS AGO (1833)

BY REV. ELIJAH H. PILCHER

after we had crossed a kind of prairie which had been killed by fires. We made a camp and kindled a fire at the edge of a wide marsh. We cooked our meat, ate our supper, made a bed of our saddles and fixtures, and slept some, though serenaded by most wolfish music for most of the night.
In the morning we renewed our efforts to find the way through, without success, and returned to Marshall at night, in order to reach the next Sabbath appointment, which was at Tecumseh. In order to reach Tecumseh, we had to return to Ann Arbor, which was no easy task, as you will see. Since going west the floods had carried off all the bridges on the small streams between Jackson and Ann Arbor.
In starting out of Jackson, I found the logs on the marsh at each end of the bridge over Grand river, on the main street, afloat, so that when I rode on them they rolled over and let my horse down among them. Dismounting, I managed to extricate him and lead him by the side of the bridge across which I walked on the floating logs. At Leoni I had to strip the horse and drive him through, and carry the saddle and saddle-bags over on the stringers of the bridge. Some of the brooks he would leap, and some he would wallow through; and so I worried along until I came to Mill Creek, where the village of Lima is now situated. Here the bridge was gone. Taking off everything, I drove my horse into the stream. He went to the opposite bank and returned, as it required some effort to climb it. The water was over his back. I drove him in a second time with the same result. I now put on the saddle, having laid off my coat, and mounted and rode through, the water coming over the saddle, and made him ascend the bank, which was no easy matter for him to do.

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