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Michigan

BRANCH COUNTY

In view of the history of the past fifty years, we will reiterate what we have already said, —a history full of grand results and of tender memories. As we drop the tear of affection over the graves of the early settlers, the original pioneers; the men and women through whose thrift, industry, and economy this beautiful region has been built up; through whose sacrifices and faith you enjoy your beautiful homes; through whose intelligence your educational system has been reared; through whose piety your churches have been erected; through whose labors your trust in the future has been placed on the solid foundation of industry, intelligence, and morality, permit me to say a few words of practical importance.
Life is ours; ours to enjoy, ours to improve; how shall we live it truly? We sometimes, in our short-sighted way, scan the lives of others, that we may determine whose deeds are most worthy of imitation; and we involuntarily turn to those best known and most applauded by mankind, thinking that they alone are worthy of imitation. The farmer, by his fireside, reads of those who have distinguished themselves in various ways. The printed page is laid aside, and discontent almost creeps into his heart as he thinks of his own life, which has never extended its influence beyond his native place. Year after year he has patiently sown the seed; year after year he has carefully gathered in the harvest. Naught has been done except caring for his own green fields, and tenderly loving his family.

BRANCH COUNTY MICHIGAN


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