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PREFACE.

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As local history is more interesting and profitable than general, and as the time has arrived when the publication of county histories can be made self-supporting, the publishers of this volume selected Jackson county as a good field; and they have indeed found it a pleasant one, for the county has had an interesting history, having always been one of the chief counties of the great Peninsular State. In matters of general public interest and progress, Jackson county has ever taken a leading and prominent position. Here have lived men who have taken an important part in the affairs of State and in molding the political sentiments and destiny of the country,

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gigantic intellects of the nation, as well as the birthplace of many
business, philanthropic and party enterprises.

This history appears none too soon. The pioneers have nearly
all passed away. Here and there we see the bended form and
whitened head of some of these veterans, but they constitute not
more than one in twenty of the early pilgrims. We have faithfully
interviewed them, and obtained what facts we could. Accurate
history is most difficult to write; many things are differently told
by different persons, and if nineteen-twentieths of the five hundred

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To obtain a glance at the scope and merits of a volume, it is necessary to study critically the title-page and table of contents. By looking carefully at the latter, one will learn how to use the work, --where to look for any given class of items. In this volume, notice particularly that the townships are arranged alphabetically, and the biographies also alphabetically, in their respective townships. A number of personal sketches will be found under head of Jackson city, as many of the parties reside in or near that place.

As one of the most interesting features of this work, we present the portraits of numerous representative citizens. Many others,

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just as deserving, of course, we did not select; but those we have given constitute a good representation, and they are all men of high standing in the community.

The task of compiling this history, which has assumed proportions much larger than we had expected, has been a pleasant one, although laborious and expensive; and we desire here to express our hearty thanks to those who have so freely aided us in collecting material. To the county officials, pastors of Churches, officers of societies, pioneers, members of the Pineer Society and especially the editors of the press, we are particularly grateful for the many kindnesses and courtesies shown us while laboring in the county. But most of all we wish to thank those who have so liberally and materially aided the work by becoming subscribers.

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CHICAGO, May, 1881.

HISTORY OF MICHIGAN.

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The Indian Friends...........

212.

Wolves and Whisky...

By Hon. Jonathan Shearer.

1..By Hon. Fidus Livermore .....

Various Dates ...

A Little Story ..

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CHAPTER V.

Present Military Organization..........

Conclusion.....

JACKSON PIONEER SOCIETY......... Memorial Day, 1880.........

Organization. ..........*n**

263

Mrst Meeting..

CHAPTER X

second and Third Meetings......... 254

Fourth Meeting .................

1 WAR MEMORIES......

257

Our Ancestors in the Revolution...

Judge Johnson's Welcome..::

258

398

Col. Shoemaker's Address.

Soldiers of 1812....

261

The Sac War...

398

“ The Brave Pioneer," by Mrs. N.

The Toledo War.............

401

Pierce........ceniorine

263

Jackson Light Infantry...

Earned Honors.....

266

Sixth Meeting...enrro...•'*..,:

The Barry Horse Guards.....

267

Mexican War................

403

Seventh

268

The Old Jackson Grays.....

403

Address of President Bingham. 269

Jackson Silver Grays..........

CHAPTER VI.

Jackson Grays at Bull Run .....

Death of Pomeroy...

Col. Shoemaker's Reininiscences of Lib-

TRANSACTIONS OF THE SUPERVI-

by Prison.....

SORS.........

273 Picket Duty as it should be........ 413

The Legislature Organizing the coun-

. W. W. Van Antwerp...in

414

Surprise of the Rebels..

Township Meeting, 1831.

275

The 6th Infantry...........

Jackson County Organized..

275

of

in 1832.

276

Transactions 1833-51..

278-299

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1852-'80..

299-302 The Press...

420

Jackson Citizen.....

421

Jall..

301

Weekly Patriot......

Poor-House.

Liberator ..........

428

Saturday Evening Star......

CHAPTER VII.

Other Papers ....vom

423

Schools.......

424

THE COURTS OF EARLY TIMES.... 303 Railroads...

497

Bapks.......

Seat of Justico Established..

303

· Agricultural Society.....

Pioneer Courts.........

303

Jackson Horse-Breeding Association..... 443

: First Session, 1833.iiii.....

Seconds

307

Sessions 1846 to 1881..

310

CHAPTER XII.

2 County Oficers....

311

Justices of the Peace.

A SERIES OF HISTORICAL TRUTHS... 446

The Treacherous Corporation.

446

CHAPTER VIII.

A Letter Home.

Death of Abel Fitch......

451

POLITICAL..

317

The Victim of the Conspirators.... 452

The Strike of 1877.........

462

Our Whig Citizens...

319

A Terrible R. R. Drama....

Log-Oabin Raising

319

A Romance in Real Life...,

461

Political Foes....

320

The Indian's Captive........

... 462

Poetry, 1840..

320

1..464

Off to Fort Meigs.

320

Drowned...

467

A Defeated Candidate.

320

Run Over by the Cars......

468

The Last Friend..

321

Deaths by other Casualties,

470

Inquiries and Answers........

321

Oomplimentary ......

.... 321

Storms and Lightning......

474

A conclave Studying County Interests

Miscellaneous....

Location of the Capital......

323

A Strange Suit.....

Under the Oaks.rimi.............,

324

A Retrospect..

481

An Inquiry.............

324

The Present ...

Jackson, its Progenitor.. .

325

The Free Democratic convention at

Jackson ..

326

CHAPTER XIII.

First Republican convention.

329

Results of a Probibition Convention... 830 THE CITY OF JACKSON.

.. 483

Honest Money League...

Fifty-two Years Ago.........

488

381 The Leading Highways.....

332 Seeking Privileges......

484

Early Officials..

485

CHAPTER IX.

Vote of the City from 1857 to 1880.

Old-time Description of the Village...

The Modern Builders...

496

THE WAR FOR THE UNION.

340

Business Blocks, Public Buildings, etc. 496

Number of volunteers......

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Ladies Aid Society....

... 342 Fire Department....

499

Jackson Military Talent...

343 Public Schools....

500

Regimental Histories.ii.c... ern 344-390 The Churches...

512

Jackson Soldiers Assist in Making the

Meemasonry in the

528

First Capture ..

345 Odd Fellowshtp..

583

869 Good Templars..............

586

Battle of South Mountain.... ..... 362 . Reform Club.io

537

Poem on Samo...*.*. :::*****

663 Other Societies..

538-651

Soldiers Buried in Jackson County.

Manufactories, etc.....

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