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BRANCH COUNTY

1833 QUINCY

I am pleased to note that the first regiment west of the Alleghenies to reach Washington was a Michigan regiment, and in it a company from Branch county. The promptness and liberality with which our citizens responded in aid of the sufferers of the Chicago fire in '71, and of those of the burnt district in Michigan in '81, shows the spirit and wideness of their hearts. Before the flames were extinguished at Chicago, our representative was there with substantial aid, and contributions from Quincy were among the first to reach the sufferers of our own State.
SCHOOLS
The first to teach the children of Quincy was Mrs. Peter Newberry. The school was in her own house, the winter of 1837-1838. The first school in the village was in Mr. Broughton's house and was taught by Miss Anna Roberts in the summer of '38; the second by the same person, in the log school house, in the winter of 1838-39.
In '46 the log was superseded by a frame structure, on the same lot. In '50 it was moved to the corner opposite the M. E. church; in '54 it was again moved to the Mudge (now Pope) property. In '56 it was abandoned for a brick on the corner of Fulton and Jefferson streets, its present location. In '69 it was enlarged and remodeled, and in '83 reseated, and the furnace replaced by a steam heating apparatus of the latest improvement, a building of which we may justly be proud. The efficiency of the school under its present principal, Prof. Jackson, is attested by the presence of the largest number of foreign scholars ever in attendance at one time.

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