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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

Large sums of money passed through his hands for that purpose and no complaint was ever made about his purchases. There were no steamboats running on the river in those days and people, when they could, took advantage of a trip of the Julia Smith to pass between Saginaw City and Portsmouth and Lower Saginaw. I remember one day late in November, 1847, I got on board the Julia Smith at Lower Saginaw. and towards evening, during a heavy storm of rain and wind, we started for a voyage to Saginaw City. We passed Portsmouth, the Lone Tree, Devil's Elbow and Willow Island with flying colors, and at dusk came to the critical point in the navigation of the river, the Carrollton bar. The bunch of willows from which an acute angle to the left was to be made was visible, the helm was put down to guide the vessel through the narrow channel across the bar to deep water, which when reached, would insure a speedy arrival at our homes. But we were doomed to disappointment, for Capt. Lock had not made sufficient allowance for the fierceness of the gale, and we found ourselves hard aground on the south side of the channel. After partaking of our supper we retired to rest on board the vessel. In the morning we found the ground covered by about eight inches of snow, through which we waded about two miles to our homes at Saginaw City. Late in November, 1848, I removed my family and effects from Saginaw City to Portsmouth. After all were on board the Julia Smith we started from Saginaw with a fair wind, passed the bar in safety, and were only a part of two days and one night in making the voyage of fourteen miles.

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