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Michigan

BRANCH COUNTY

BRANCH COUNTY SKETCHES OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF BRANCH COUNTY BY HON. HARVEY HAYNES Read June 13, 1883

1833 QUINCY 1883 October 3d It was a great day in the history of Quincy. And why not? Never another Semi-Centennial of her existence. Fourth of July, Christmas, and like holidays may do for small towns like Detroit and Chicago, but it takes a bigger thing to wake up Luke and his log cabin, or Milo and his greased pole and pig, and bring together 20, 000-people in Quincy. There are sixteen towns in Branch county, besides a full fledged city, with its corporation filled with people who know" themselves as living in a city. All of the people who live in these towns and in the city, except a few that were left at home to look after the cows or pigs, undertook to take a peep at Quincy in her Semi-Centennial dress. And they all had a chance. They found the smartest, most beautiful and business-like town in southern Michigan ready to receive them, and fully up in all the parts in carrying on a grand celebration. But before entering upon a description of the day's doings, the incidents, etc., it may be well to briefly state how the day came to be celebrated. On the 22d day of August, Rev. J. Emory Fisher, of the Presbyterian church, called at the Herald office, and stated that this was the fiftieth year since the first shanty was put up and the •first wheat sown in Quincy village. The gentleman suggested the propriety of celebrating the anniversary, and upon meeting encouragement left it for the Herald to work up. A brief announcement in the editorial columns of the fact, called out from the citizens a letter addressed to the editor suggesting a public meeting, which was called for Friday evening, August 31st. At this meeting, which was largely attended, it was voted to celebrate, and the day was named to be September 19.

BRANCH COUNTY MICHIGAN


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