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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

He secured the services of a Frenchman whose name I have forgotten, who devised as neat a model for the vessel as a person would wish to see. Business had been at a very low ebb since 1838, and the commencement of the building of the vessel in the fall of 1846 was hailed as a new era in the business of Saginaw. Several men from abroad were employed in the construction of the vessel, which filled Jewett's Hotel with boarders; and furnishing the timber gave employment to the neighboring farmers with their teams. The vessel was of about seventy tons burden, substantially built of the best of timber, and when loaded drew but four and a half feet of water. Her construction was superintended by Capt. A. F. Lock, who came from St. Clair county for that purpose and was her first master. When the vessel was launched she was named the "Julia Smith, " the proprietor giving her the name of his only daughter. After the vessel was fitted out and commenced her trips to Detroit she proved a great convenience and benefit to the people of Saginaw. A person can hardly realize the inconvenience of living in a small community isolated from the rest of mankind by forty miles of mud and wilderness on one side and two hundred and fifty miles of water on the other, unless he has had the experience. The small traders of Saginaw did what they could to supply the needs of the people, but wants frequently occurred that could not be supplied at the stores and recourse was had to Capt. Lock, who was always ready to make their purchases in Detroit without charge for commission, only charging for freight on the goods.

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