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BRANCH COUNTY

1833 QUINCY

At a subsequent election to fill vacancies, Russell was made collector and Burdick constable. It seems that there were not men enough for the offices to go around, as three men went home bearing the weighty honors of three offices each, and six were clothed in double official raiment During the summer (Aug. ) of '36, five roads were located in the township, one of which is Main street of the village. It was brushed out north as far as Mr. Adams' house on the hill, and south to Mr. Carter's saw-mill in Algansee, tout was not opened up and prepared for public travel till a later day. During the winter of '36 and '37, a Methodist class was organized in the house of Mr. John Broughton, consisting of Mr. Broughton and wife. Mr. Hewitt and wife, Father Clizbe and wife, and Dr. Berry. The first person that preached in Quincy, to the best of my information, was Peter Sabin, or perhaps Rowel Parker. In the spring Edward Perry put up a frame house opposite the Van Camp property. Bagley sold his house and lot on the north side of the road to Mr. Broughton, bought east of Loomis and built a house. It stood near the Evans house, beyond Mr. Gregory's. Thomas Valier, a shoemaker, who came from England in '35 or '36, and located first in Coldwater, came into Quincy, living, one says in the Cornish house, another in the Bagley house, but certainly and finally in the little shanty built by Hamilton on the Wilson lot, owned then by Broughton, and opened up a shoe-shop, wherever he lived, the first in Quincy. He said to one of our townsmen that "a certain man would 'oe his corn because he howed him.

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