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STORY OF ANOTHER PIONEER

BY C. B. STEBBINS
June 7, 1882.

Navigation opened at Buffalo in 1837 not till the middle of May, when I pursued my way to the promised land,. like the Israelites, by turning back, drawn by an influence to which most men are willing to yield. I had found that the witches of Salem were not all hung, and as one of them had unwittingly possessed me, she was so benevolent as to consent to share my fortune in a new western home. Having secured my prize, we decided to seek a location in Michigan, so recently become a State. We had heard of the rivalry between Monroe and Toledo. Monroe was an old, aristocratic place, of considerable wealth; had a splendid water-power, was to be the eastern terminus of the Southern railroad, and expected to have a harbor, when it should be made.
Toledo had a population of about a thousand, a railroad completed the previous season to Adrian, a canal in progress to the Wabash river, and was practically the head of navigation on the Maumee. We paid our fare from Buffalo to Toledo—eight dollars a ticket. The boat stopped at every port, and took us by way of Detroit. That city lay along the river, and had a population about equal to that of Lansing to-day. There were no pavements and but little settlement back of Jefferson Avenue; but that street, even then, gave abundant promise of the grand thoroughfare it has since become. We found Toledo a city of great expectations; and a survey of the field gave me the impression that their anticipations would some day be realized. But a more forbidding-looking spot for a town could not well be imagined.

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