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PORT HURON, MICHIGAN

BY MRS. B. C. FARRAND

In 1828, no appropriation for expenses is made. In 182!-the name Desmond appears for the first time in the records, and in the apportionment of taxes, viz.: to Desmond or Port Huron, $96 88 though the county history says, in 1828, Desmond was organized as a township—Jeremiah Harrington, supervisor.
The lighthouse at the outlet of Lake Huron was built in 1825, but as fail to learn of more than four or five vessels which had been built on the lakes before that time, and as no boats are reported to have sailed upon Lake Huron after the noted voyage of "the Griffin" except the "Friendship" and "Fair American, " which had taken supplies to the garrison at Sault. Ste Marie we fail to see the present need of a lighthouse at that time. Gen. Cass made the trip in batteaux manned by Frenchmen when going to the treaty of Sag inaw. And yet it has been related to me by Mrs. Anna Davis, whose father Reuben Hamilton, was deputy lighthouse keeper under Col. George McDougall that she well remembers seeing the foundations of a former lighthouse near the river, which house had been built of stone and had been mostly washed away in a terrific storm. The new lighthouse was built of brick, and while in process of construction the keeper and deputy occupied a house south of the fort, owned by Andrew Westbrook, Mr. McDougall spending most of hi time in Detroit until the dwelling part of the lighthouse was completed.
Col. McDougall was also postmaster. The mail was brought on horseback, once a week from Detroit, by way of Mt. Clemens. On one occasion there had been a delay of twenty-seven days on the route, and the officers at the garrison complained to the authorities about the delay in receiving orders from Washington. All this is set forth in a letter now in the custody of the county society from the postmaster, Col. McDougall, to the Hon. Amos Kendall, postmaster general, praying for increased postal facilities.

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