Michigan BRANCH COUNTY
A. W. Barber represented the Estey organs.
William J. Hess made a fine showing, with three teams, of his Centennial spring bed, as compared with the old time bed.
Hawley & Runyon exhibited their steam threshing machine.
Then came citizens in carriages; altogether making a procession over one mile in length.
The line of march was as advertised in the Herald, and the thousands who witnessed the passing panoramic view of the days of 1833 and 1883, pronounced it the finest display ever seen in southern Michigan.
At 1: 30 P. M., there were gathered at the School Park a dense crowd, stretching away on the streets that center at that point, variously estimated at from 1, 000 to 3, 000 people. A platform 36x12 had been built against the school building and upon it were the various officers of the day, the choir, members of the press from home and abroad, distinguished guests, and many pioneers living in this and adjoining counties.
The exercises were opened by music by the band and singing.
Prayer by Rev. Isaac Bennett, one of the pioneers of Methodism in Michigan.
Another piece by the band.
The president then called upon M. D. Campbell. Esq., to read the following letter:
Compton; Los Angeles Co., California. ) September 23, 1883. ) B. F. Wheat, President of Semi-Centennial Celebration, Quincy, Mich.
Dear Sir: —Perhaps it may be vanity, or egotism, that prompts me to write you on the occasion of this celebration. Very well, let it pass as such. There certainly can be no crime in a truant son desiring the remembrance of loved ones, and feeling that there are still warm hearts and hands for him among the old friends at the old home: My life has been so identified with Quincy, its history almost seems my own.
BRANCH COUNTY MICHIGAN
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