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St. Joseph County

By Judge William H. Cross

At our first town meeting, after the governor and legislative council had authorized us to govern ourselves by townships, what is now Lena-wee county was the township of Tecumseh, county of Monroe, and when we met to select a man for supervisor, on the morning of town meeting day, the voters residing on the west side of the river had talked of George Taylor as a suitable person for the office, and those residing on the east side (Sand town) were in favor of Thomas Griswold. And when we got together it was decided that the two should toss up a copper to determine which should be the candidate, and they did so. George Taylor won, and received every vote of the electors. At that time Tecumseh township was the extreme western settlement of farmers; all others farther west being either attaches of military posts, missionary schools, or Indian traders in the territory north of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. Look now, this 12th day of June, in the year 1878, at the mighty Northwest, with its millions of inhabitants, its wealth and political power, its railroads, colleges, newspapers, and intelligence.

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