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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

West Bay City occupies the position of the pinery on the west side of the river, which was a landmark that could be seen from a long distance on the bay and from points on the river above. What changes will another fifty years bring forth? Let some one who is familiar with the present scenery note the changes then, so that a record of the origin and progress of the settlement of the Saginaw valley may be preserved for future generations.
BATTLE OF SKULL ISLAND
In a history of the Saginaw valley published twenty years ago, is a description of Indian battles by W. E. McCormick's, under the title of "The Battle of Skull Island. " Twenty years ago is a long time when we stop to consider that twenty-nine thirtieths of Bay City's population have located here since then. It is doubtful if there remains a person so aged who can recollect the battle of Skull island, but we have a citizen among us who has conversed with a person who related the particulars of the massacre. In the following sketch, penned by Pioneer McCormick's twenty years ago, we have taken the liberty to change one or two descriptions in order that the reader of to-day may be better able to grasp the situation: "My father embarked to the Saginaw valley when I was but ten years old. My associates were mostly among the Indians, whose language I became almost as familiar with as my own. For a great many years we were engaged in the fur trade. During this time I used to go up to the different tributaries of the Saginaw to buy furs, and on nearly all such occasions I found indications that the Saginaw valley was inhabited by a different race of people prior to the present Indians.

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