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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

into consideration the subscriptions that might be given for the respective lines and locate the road where public interest would be best subserve There were large subscriptions made for the Northern line by George an Porter Hazleton, of Flint, and by James Seymour, of Flushing. After loo: ing over each route and discussing the interests pertaining to them, the cor missioners were unanimous in selecting the Northern route, but in so doing they greatly offended some of their personal friends. The proprietors of the land about where the court house was located at Flint called it "Flint Center, " and desired to make it what its name purported, the center of the village of Flint, which the location of the road on the Southern line would greatly facilitate by passing directly through it; but I think the commission ers were always satisfied with the location they selected, for it caused a who township to be quickly settled by enterprising farmers who were not afraid of the timbered land after a good road had been opened through it. The town of Hazelton is now one of the best townships in Shiawassee county.
THE FIRST STEAMBOAT THAT ENTERED THE SAGINAW RIVER
I had lived a long time at Saginaw, anticipating that at some future day steamboat would arrive from Detroit, and I promised myself a ride on the return trip of the first one that should enter the river. In July, 1836, I had purchased the tract of land upon which the town of Portsmouth was after wards built, and went down the river from Saginaw in a canoe, accompany by Judge Jewett, then county surveyor, with one or two assistants, to make preliminary survey for a plat of Portsmouth.

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