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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

In going from Lansing to Jackson Ave took the route by way of Eaton Rapids in order to get the benefit of six or seven miles of plank road that ad been built on that route. It was a fine day and we had a pleasant drive,, My traveling companions beguiling the way with their pleasant conversation. Mr. Sweegles, who had been in the U. S. navy, related incidents of his experience, and among other things, related the circumstance of his having let George P. Robinson, who a few years previously had murdered his mispress, Helen Jewett, in New York, the tragedy at that time creating a great snsation throughout the country. Mr. Whittemore related his success in a our speculation. At his first start in business when a young man he made arrangements with a New York firm to buy the flour he should send them from the country and allow him to draw against the shipping bills. At the close of the transaction, when he settled with the firm, he had a margin of $30,000, all of which he drew on one check. "The Hibbard House, " at Jackson, must have been of long standing and good reputation, for I remember that as the name of the hotel at which I stopped in 1850, and in passing through the city the other day I found that was still the first or leading hotel. Before starting on the train from Jackson I called on the widow of Dr. Oliver Russ, one of Jackson's earliest pioneers. Mrs. Russ and myself were near neighbors in Vermont and schoolmates in our youth. From Jackson I returned home by the same route. I went without any notable incident on the journey, which occupied altogether ten or twelve days' time. Mark the contrast. Now in 1886, I can start from my home in Bay City in the morning and go to Lansing and spend eight hours and return home the same evening.

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