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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

The few people at Saginaw had lived so long isolated from the outside world that they were incredulous in believing that parties possessed of money would come to Saginaw to invest it, and while Mr. Door was disclosing his plans for making a stock farm, John Smyth remarked in French to a bystander that he was nothing but a "blow, " he did not believe he had any money. It so happened that Mr. Dorr, who heard the remark, was a good French scholar; he did not relish the disparaging estimate of himself, and perhaps it caused him to lay out more money than he otherwise would have done. He left |150 with parties at Saginaw with which to pay for cutting and stacking 100 tons of hay on his contemplated stock farm, and hired John Hall to accompany him to Ohio and assist in gathering a stock of cattle and horses for his farm, which he purchased from government on his arrival at Detroit. Hall considered Mr. Dorr almost a magician, telling the wonderful story on his return to Saginaw, that when he wanted money he had only to go into a bank, write a draft and get all he desired. So little faith had the Saginawians that Mr. Dorr would carry out his plans that the parties who were to procure the cutting of the hay paid no attention to the matter, so when he returned late in November with a stock of one hundred and fifty head of horned cattle and fifty horses there was nothing provided for their wintering. There were but few people in Saginaw, and no surplus fodder in store. Mr. Dorr, finding he had an elephant on his hands, knew not what to do. After a day or two he was referred to the writer (who then lived a Green Point), to see if he could help him out of his trouble.

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