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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

Among he passengers on that occasion was Miss Helen Taylor, who a short time afterwards became the second wife of the late Col. William L. P. Little of East Saginaw, and the cheerfulness and forbearance which she manifested in pass-ing through that uncomfortable ordeal, as plainly showed the amiability of their character as did the excessive grief of a large circle of friends on her departure to her final rest a year or two afterwards. The third day's journey brought me safely to Detroit, many miles farther from Lansing than when I started from home. From Detroit I had railroad.. conveyance all the way to Jackson, where I remained the fourth night after leaving home. At Jackson I fell in company with Bernard 0. Whittemore, then State treasurer, and John Sweegles, who was a candidate for auditor general. It was a tedious day's ride from Jackson to Lansing, but the pleasant conversation of my raveling companions above named made it more pleasant than it would otherwise have been.
I think the hotel we stopped at in Lansing was called the Lansing House, it was a frame addition built to the primitive log house that served as the first hotel in the city and was located on Washington avenue directly opposite he site of the present Lansing House. There was much sickness in Michigan hat season and I was attacked with cholera morbus on the night of my arrival at Lansing and I spent the two days of my stay in town in recuperat-ing from my attack of illness and in transacting some business at the auditor general's office; for auditor general I found my friend, John J. Adam, with whom I had been associated in the legislature three years before. When I got ready to start from Lansing I found my traveling companions,, Whittemore and Sweegles, also ready for their return trip. We jointly, hired a light two-horse carriage and team to take us to Jackson. Mr. Whitte-more drove the team, taking with him a large sum of money to be conveyed to Detroit for safe keeping.

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