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EARLY SETTLEMENT OF SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN

BY A. B. COPLEY.
June 7, 1882.

In the recollections of C. C. Trowbridge, as published in the Evening News of March, 1880, there is an interesting account of his trip to Chicago via Fort Wayne, to make the location. The manner of travel on horseback, following an Indian trail, the food, parched corn, pounded and mixed with maple sugar, camping out, spancelling their ponies, i. e., tying their forelegs together, and pulling the leaves from the bells, is so accurately described that the reader can almost hear the bells ring as the pony rears up and plunges ahead to feed.
CAREY MISSION.
. The school site was definitely located a few days after the 10th of August 1822, according to Mr. McCoy's journal, on south bank of St. Joseph river, near the City of Niles. Isaac McCoy, the founder and originator of the Carey Mission, deserves more than a passing mention. He was born in 1783 near Uniontown, Pa., his parents removing to Kentucky in 1789, where he married in 1803, licensed to preach in 1804, emigrated to Indiana, where he preached among the Indians. On the 17th of October, 1817, he received an appointment as missionary from the United Baptist missions. After preaching in various places in Indiana and Illinois, he opened a school, Jan. 'i, 1819, near Racoon Creek, Ind., with six scholars of settlers and one Indian boy. In 1820 he removed his school at the request of Dr. Turner, the Indian agent, to Fort Wayne, which was opened with ten English scholars, six French, eight Indian and one negro—four races represented.

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