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BRANCH COUNTY

1833 QUINCY

It held its ground for nearly a quarter of a century, but finally retired to form the back part of the livery stable near the hotel, owned by Frank Barber. During the summer of '34, Mr. Cornish had between two and three acres on the southeast corner of the public square broken and sowed to wheat. Mr. Hartsough did the plowing, and claimed that there were four acres, while Cornish said there were but two. This was the first disagreement, and threatened to be of a serious character, but was finally settled by a compromise. Would that all difficulties since, not involving principle or honor, might have been settled in the same way. But what would we have done, then, for a poet to-day? Quincy received no new recruits, and there were but four houses in the township: Corbus, Wilson's, Russell's, built in Mr. Mellon's orchard, which was set out the following year and the first in the township, and Cornish's. In the spring, however, "Joe" Berry came to the county and spent the summer at Mr. Arnold's then living on the now Fisk property, and returned East in the fall. The year 1835 may be regarded as a year of immigration to Branch county. Chicago Road was glutted with their wagons and the woods were alive with them. Through the glowing descriptions of their son, the Berry family, so largely identified with the interests of our village, struck their tents in Chautauqua, N. Y., and pitched them toward Coldwater, but stopped in Quincy in the edge of the timber that skirted*the western edge of the fascinating prairie on which our village is built.

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