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BRANCH COUNTY

1833 QUINCY

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Now, having reviewed the history of our village, noting its development from one log house to these many homes, blocks, and business rooms, let us, catching the spirit of those who, by perseverance and patience, have moulded out of such crude material so delightful a town, and catching the spirit of the age, which is onward and upward, turn our faces to the future, and apply ourselves so zealously to the duties which lie before us that we shall make the "future shame the past. " But I cannot close without saying one word, when my heart is so full of them, to the honor and praise of the pioneers of Branch county. I have read in the Arabian Nights of the mysterious power of Aladdin's lamp, which could change the rude hut into palaces all glittering with gold and jewels; I have read in Grecian mythology of the spring whose mystic waters transformed men into gods; I have read in the annals of Egyptian chronicles of the magic virtues of the magician's wand; but the changes wrought by the magician's wand, the transformation by the fabled fountain of Greece, and all the transformations produced by Aladdin's lamp, are not to be compared with the changes wrought by the industry of our pioneer fathers in changing the prairie's knotted sward and the forest's heavy growth into fields laughing with the blushing clover and rejoicing with its golden grain. I tell you, we do not honor our worthy pioneers as we ought.

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