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A vocal solo, selected, was sung by Miss Ella Baker.
A sketch of Andrew Nowland, the old pioneer mail carrier and teamster, was read by A. D. P. Van Buren. The reading of this paper called forth remarks from E. S. Woodman.
W. J. Baxter read a letter written to Judge Albert Miller, who was first probate judge of Saginaw county. The letter was from Ostius W. Seymour and related to early probate matter. On motion the letter was directed placed on file with the records of the Society.
A song, “ Beautiful May,” was rendered by a High School class of children, directed by Mrs. Flora Rarrick.
Five minute speeches were called for and were responded to by Hon. C. T. Gorham, Rev. W. M. Johnson, Rev. R. C. Crawford, A. F. Morehouse and ex-Gov. J. W. Begole. Many interesting and amusing anecdotes were related. The statement was made that in October, 1836, the first cars started from Toledo to Adrian and it was an all day's ride.
A vocal solo was rendered by Miss Ella Baker.
The audience sang “ All Hail the Power of Jesus' name," led by Rev. W. M. Johnson. On motion the Society adjourned till evening.
Wednesday Evening. The Society met according to adjournment, the president in the chair. Prayer was offered by Rev. Benjamin Franklin.
A quartette, “ Home to Our Mountains,” was sung by Mrs. Flora Rarrick, Miss Ella Baker, Messrs. C. 0. Pratt and L. A. Baker.
Col. M. Shoemaker offered the following resolution: Resolved, That Article I. of the Constitution of this Society be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:
ARTICLE I. The name of this Society shall be the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society,
The resolution was laid over for one year, to be voted upon at the annual meeting in 1887.
“The Life of Judge Charles Upson,” by Hon. T. M. Cooley, was read by E. Longyear.
A solo and chorus, “ The Old Oaken Bucket,” was sung by Mrs. Flora Rarrick, Miss Ella Baker, Messrs. C. 0. Pratt and L. A. Baker, Miss Emily Barnard, pianist.
“Reminiscences of Surveys of the Northwestern Lakes,” was read by John H. Forster.
Two solos, "The Kerry Dance,” and “No, Sir,” were sung by Mrs. Flora Rarrick.
Five minute speeches being called for, were responded to by Hon. T. M. Palmer, of Detroit, and Hon. Byron G. Stout, of Pontiac.
C. B. Stebbins, of Lansing, offered the following resolution which was adopted :
Resolved, That the Executive Committee be and hereby are requested to take measures, if they shall find the same practicable, to engage a stenographer at the next annual meeting (1887) to report in full the extempore remarks and speeches; the same, or so much as the Committee of Historians shall deem advisable, to be published, with the papers read, in the Pioneer Collections.
Hon. Cyrus G. Luce being present, was called upon, and responded with a short talk on “Early Pioneer Days."
Song of the Old Folks, (“ Auld Lang Syne''), was sung by the audience. Benediction was pronounced by Dr. Wm. H. Haze. The meeting was then declared adjourned.
There are now six hundred and eighty names upon the membership book of the Society. Since the last annual meeting forty seven names have been added, as follows:
Thomas M. Wilson, Edward W. Peck, Dr. Henry M. Hurd, John S. Huston, Alonzo H. Owens, George N. Dewey, Mrs. Ellen C. Dewey, Mrs. Clarissa Van Enery, Enos Goodrich, John C. Patterson, Edward M. Keightley, Benjamin F. Hinman, Frank A. O'Brien, George A. Smith, L. D. Watkins, Henry B. Baker, Wolcott B, Williams, F. H. Conant, M. K. North, Martin Hudson, Sarah T. Merrifield, Mrs. Jerome Walton, Alice J. Watson, Mrs. H. R. Pratt, Daniel Clark, Mrs. Laura C. Burr, Chas. Baldwin, James Gould, William Drake, Cyrus G. Luce, Albert G. Dorrance, Frederick Fowler, Otis E. M. Cutcheon, J. G. Wait, S. F. Brown, Ira Peake, Mrs. Caroline B. Peake, Benjamin Pierson, Wm. Hull, Chas. N. Wood, W. L. Bancroft, J. H. Arnold, S. M. Fowler, D. P. Clay, Wm. H. Brearley, A. S. Kedzie, Albert A. Luce.
There are one hundred and fifty deaths of members recorded on the membership book of the Society. A complete record would probably somewhat increase this number.
The list of donations of books, pamphlets and newspapers made to the Society during the past year, though not large, are valuable, and add much to the interesting collections of the Society gathered together since its organization and placed in the office of the Society. The most valuable of all are the historical papers presented and collected for publication in the volumes of “Pioneer Collections,” issued by the Society.
List of Donations June 1, 1886, to June 1, 1887.
Genealogy and ('hronology of the Sovereign Families of Europe.
The Dardanelle Post (Ark.), June 3, 1886. A Bit of History,
Tecumseh Herald, March 3, 1887. Mr. Dewey's 70th Birthday. HENRY FRALICK, Grand Rapids:
Address of President, Henry Fralick, June, 1886.
Fiftieth Reunion of the Settlement of the Goodrich Family at Goodrich, May 20, 1886.
Dearborn and the First Settlement at Chicago, by Daniel Goodwin, Jr.
History and Present Condition of the Newspaper and Periodical Press of United States, 1884. NELSON HASKINS, Imlay City:
A Business History of mlay City, Michigan.
Twenty five Dollar Bill, Adrian, 1850. Also design for Die, Agricultural Society, March 24, 1849.
Life and Services of John B. Dillon, by Gen. Coburn and Judge Biddle. 0. A. JENISON.
Poster for Twenty first Fall Fair held in Lansing, September 27-30, 1886.
Transactions of, 1883–1885.
Powdered Anthracite and Gas Fuel, Manufacturer's Report.
Adventures in the Wilds of the United States and British American Provinces, 2 Vols.
Red Book of Michigan. A Civil, Military and Biographical History.
Berrien County Journal, June 5, 1886.-Old Settlers.
Official Notice of the death of Adj. Gen. Robertson.
History of the Grand Traverse Region, by Dr. M. L. Leach, 1883.
The Old Moravian Colony at Mt. Clemens, by Henry Ford. NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY:
New England Historical and Genealogical Register for April and July, 1886.
Bay City Tribune, Jan 24, 1886–General Grant at Hague.
Poster for first issue of State Republican, Jan. 1. 1886.
The Diocese of Detroit, by Rev. F. A. O'Brien-Pam. STEPHEN D. PEET: History of Early Missions in Wisconsin. American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal, Vol.
VIII, Nos. 4, 5, 6, 1886; Vol. IX, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 1887. RAILROAD COMMISSIONER :
Photograph of the first locomotive and passenger train in Mich., Jan. 1837. DR. GEO. E. RANNEY.
Transactions of State Medical Society of Michigan for years 1873 to 1885. ROYAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY :
Transactions of, Vol. III, Parts III and IV. ISAAC D. TOLL:
Chicago Inter-Ocean, Aug. 12, 1886–Peerless Petoskey. WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
Thirty fourth annual meeting of, held Jan. 6, 1887. WASHINGTON COUNTY PIONEER ASSOCIATION, Marietta, Ohio: The coming Centennial, April 7, 1887, at Marietta-Pam. The ordinance of July 13, 1787, for the government of the territory northwest of the River Ohio, by Hon. Wm. P. Cutler-Pam. Contennial circular and programme.
The Executive Committee and Committee of Historians have held their usual meetings during the past year for the transacting of such business as the affairs of the Society required, and have published two volumes of collections.
The records show a continued and increased interest in the collecting and preservation of historical matter pertaining to the early history of our beloved state.
The various centennial and monument associations of Marietta, Ohio, send greetings to the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society and request the hearty coöperation of the members of this Society in the effort of the societies at Marietta to get up a centennial celebration at Marietta in commemoration of the “ First authorized settlement in the Territory of the Northwest under the Ordinance of 1787." The celebration is to be held on the 7th of April, 1888. It also proposes to erect at Marietta a “Centennial monumental structure that will suitably commemorate the acquisition of the Northwest
Territory, and its permanent settlement under the laws and direction of the United States."
HARRIET A. TENNEY,
REPORT OF THE CORRESPONDING SECRETARY.
LANSING, June 1, 1887.
To the Officers and Members of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society:
How rapidly the years roll by: It seems but a day since we last met to exchange our anuual greetings and report the year's progress of the Society's doings. But another year has passed ivto history, and it again, becomes my duty to report so much of the work of the Society as has been entrusted to me. The file of letters and communications received during the year is herewith submitted, all of which have received prompt attention.
A copy of the State Republican containing the proceedings of last meeting was mailed, soon after the close of the meeting, to each member of the committees and also to each vice president. About the same time a notice was sent to each vice president, informing him of his election, and requesting him to secure memorials of prominent pioneers of his county who should die within the year, and a further notice about four weeks ago, reminding them of their duties and requesting from them a memorial report for this meeting.
Notices of this meeting, containing a list of papers to be read, were on May 21st forwarded to each member of the Society, also to the leading newspapers throughout the state, state officers and their deputies, members of the legislature, judges of the supreme court, etc.
I have to report the death of twenty five members of the Society who have died within the past year, the greatest number of any prerious year. They are as follows: