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St. Joseph County

By Judge William H. Cross

The first physician who settled in Lenawee county was Caleb N. Ormsby, who came in 1824, and he was the only physician in Tecumseh until the spring of 1827, when Dr. Michael A. Patterson came. Soon after this Dr. Ormsby moved to Adrain, where he resided several years and where his wife, a very estimable lady, died. He afterward moved to Ann Arbor, where he became largely interested in milling and manufacturing, and was an active leader of the Free Soil party. Misfortunes crushed him financially, and in 1849, on the of the rise gold excitement in California, he started overland for that region, but was delayed all winter at Salt Lake, and in the summer of 1850 reached California by way of Los Angeles. He was in San Francisco the time of the cholera and the first vigilance committee. He soon went to the mines near Hangtown, in Eldorado county, where for several years he worked in.the mines, but was never successful as a miner.

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