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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

From the writer's home at the head of the river, in passing down, there was nothing but a wilderness to be seen on the east side, till the north part of the present location of East Saginaw was reached, where a small clearing had been made on a tract of land owned by Messrs. G. D. & E. S. Williams. A small log house had been built which was then occupied by Enoch Olmstead and family. From there it was open prairie, with no landmarks except the "lone tree" till the site of Myers' mill was reached, where, in a small log house, Louis Major, with his Indian wife and half breed family, resided. From Major's to where Twenty-fourth street in Bay City is now located was a dense forest, the timber growing close, —the trees hanging over the bank, which was raised three or four feet above the surface of the river. At the point last named there was a little opening made by the Indians for a camping ground, upon which Joseph and Medor Tromble had erected a trading house. From there north for some distance, including the high knoll 'near the brewery, that the Indians had used as a camping ground, the timber was sparse near the river, presenting the appearance of oak openings. Near the point where the late James Watson built his residence, between Eighteenth and Nineteenth streets, John B. Trudell had erected a small log house in which he then resided with his family. From there north to its mouth there was no residence on the banks of the Saginaw except the small log house occupied by Leon Tromble, which was on Water street, near the present site of the Birney Block.

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