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Michigan

BRANCH COUNTY

Look back along the great names of history, there is none whose life is other than this. Such, in a humble way, was the life of the men and women who laid the foundations of your prosperity—the noble pioneers of fifty years ago. Part of them have crossed the flood; probably some are crossing now; the remaining few will soon pass away. May their last days be their best and happiest days.
There is nothing more beautiful in human character than kindly treasuring up the memories of those who have lived before us, and who have been distinguished for the good which they have done. Call up those memories to-day. Your green fields, your beautiful homes, your thriving village, your churches and your schools, are the result of the labor and sacrifices, of those who toiled before many of us were born.
This is a great healer. Amidst the busy industries of life, absorbed in its cares, and harassed by its perplexities, we are likely to lose sight of the past— of those who have lived before us. Even now, the infant which was fondled at its mother's breast, the dear one clasped in the arms, the manly father, the tender mother are often too soon forgotten. Generation after generation have felt as we feel to-day, and they were as busily engaged in the activities of life as we are. They have passed away as a vapor, while nature wore the same aspect of beauty as when her Creator commanded her to be. As we think of the generations of men who have preceded us we are forcibly reminded of the eloquent and touching words of Burke: "What shadows we are; what shadows we pursue.

BRANCH COUNTY MICHIGAN


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