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BRANCH COUNTY

1833 QUINCY

INCORPORATION On Oct. 14, 1853, the inhabitants at the Corners were incorporated as a village and named Quincy. Pursuant to act of corporation, the first election was held at the house of Emory W. Fillmore on Nov. 15, 1858, with William P. Arnold, Ebenezer Mudge, and Moses _A. Hewitt, judges of election. It resulted in E. Mudge, president; Moses Hewitt, clerk; Cornelius Shears, D. C. Myers, J. Sebring, W. P. Arnold, M. Hawley, trustees; H. W. Williams, J. I. Gregory, assessors; A. C. Culver, marshal; Allen Gregory, treasurer; H. W. Williams, A. Brown, C. N. Wilcox, street commissioners. It would be pleasing to trace from year to year the development of our village and note its improvements one by one as they were introduced. That would swell this sketch into a volume. I will note but one or two more items.
MILITARY
The first manifestation of a military spirit was a long time ago, when a self-constituted company under Rice Arnold, drilled at odd times in the street if it was pleasant, and in barns if it rained. But when the bombardment of Sumter startled the nation, Quincy sprang to her feet, and immediately responded to the president's call for 75, 000 men. The first to enlist from our village, as best I could learn, was Edward S. Wheat, son of the president of the day. He was mustered out at the end of the war as first lieutenant. John Haynes and Almerick Wilbur volunteered at the same time and went to Detroit with C. O. Loomis' battery. The first company organized in Quincy was company B of the Eleventh Michigan Infantry. It was organized by Melvin Mudge (who came back as colonel) and Jerome Bowen. The first name on the list, from our village, is Augustus Barjerow.

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