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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

He came to my house on Thanksgiving day and at once talked business wishing me to take the farm and stock for a period of ten years, and to writ a lease for the same that would satisfy me, which I did, specifying in, it that I should only be responsible for the stock that should be alive on the first of the next May. He then gave me $300 with which to do the best I could to wards wintering the animals, and started the next morning for New York purchased all the hay and grain there was for sale in the valley, with which to feed the stock till I could make other provisions for their sustenance. I had heard of large quantities of rushes" growing in the vicinity of the bay upon which stock could be wintered I hired an Indian to pilot me, and, after two or three day's search, I found on the east side of the Quanicassee river, that empties into the head of the bay, a quantity of rushes that I considered a ample supply for all the stock for the winter. I fed the animals on the hay and grain I had purchased till the ice was strong enough to bear them, when I started with a couple of loads of hay with which to feed them on the way and drove the first day to a point just above where Portsmouth was afterward located, where I found some haystacks that had been put up by Joseph and Medor Tromble, one of which I fed to the cattle. In the morning, I found that instead of diminishing, the stock had increased in numbers I found a young calf in the drove, which, with its mother, was taken to Louis Major's residence near by, and cared for by Major and his Indian wife during the winter

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