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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

During the territorial government the highway laws were quite stringent, and usual! rigidly enforced. In the year above referred to, Charles McLean was elected overseer of highways in his district, and McLellan refused to word out his highway tax under his direction, or to commute it by paying none into McLean's hands. In due time, McLean, by virtue of his warrant, levied of the chatties of McLellan, and took from his possession a fine cow and sold he at auction according to law, and applied the proceeds of the sale to the liquida tion of McLellan's road tax. The cow was purchased by Humphrey McLean father of Seth McLean, now a prominent lumberman of Bay City. McLellean under pretense that the cow had been -illegally sold, broke into McLean's en closure and took her and kept her where she could not be recaptured by Mc Lean, who then sued McLellan for the value of the cow. The proceeding were before Gardner D. Williams, Esq., then a justice of the peace for Oakland county. A jury was empaneled, witnesses examined, and after due deliberation the jury brought in a verdict of twenty dollars, the value of the cow, and costs of suit against the defendant, who promptly paid the judg ment in silver dollars; and then said he would take the case into the circuit court for Oakland county, and make McLean smart for the illegal sale of his cow. But the case never appeared in the Oakland circuit. There were no lawyers there in those davs.

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