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Collections and Researches made by the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society, vol. XXXVIII

Early Days In Grand Rapids

By Miss Lucy Ball Read at the annual meeting, June 27, 1907. In 1836 my father, John Ball, [1]See biographical sketch, Vol. VII, pp. 496-509, this series. was practicing law in Troy, New York. It was a year when conservative eastern capitalists speculated wildly in western government lands. Some of father’s friends, knowing his love of travel, proposed to him that he take their capital west and buy and sell land on speculation. Father readily accepted the offer. He left Troy July 31st, 1836, in company with a Mr. William Mann. They crossed New York state by railroad to Utica …

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Fort Michilimackinac

By Peter White [1]For memoir of Peter White, see Vol. XXXVII, pp. 620-639. Paper for the annual meeting, June, 1907, but not read owing to the illness of Mr. White. This is the last of several valuable papers given by him to this society. Old Fort Michilimackinac, (Mackinac) is known to more of the people of these United States than any other fortification now standing. Its snow-white walls have for 125 years attracted the attention of the passing voyager, and as he approached the shore below he marveled at the strange picture on the heights above, the mixture of medieval …

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Collections and Researches made by the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society, vol. XXXVIII

Old Fort Holmes

By Peter White [1]For memoir of Peter White, see Vol. XXXVII, pp. 620-639. Paper for the annual meeting, June, 1907, but not read owing to the illness of Mr. White. This is the last of several valuable papers given by him to this society. There is something about the magic words fort, fortress, fortification, that attracts the attention and arouses the curiosity of most of us. To those who have been permitted to live or travel in the region of the Straits of Mackinac the words have a deeper meaning. A circle described with its center on the Island of …

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The Route from Lachine to Baldoon, 1804

Old Baldoon

By Mrs. Jane M. KinneyRead at the annual meeting, June 27, 1907 This settlement of Highland Scotch people led by the Earl of Selkirk, is in Canada up the river that empties into the St. Glair River, nearly opposite Algonac and the mouth of which is at the north end of Walpole Island. About five miles up the Sydenham River or Chenal Ecarte” we find in Dover Township south of and bounded by the Indian line of the 1790 surrender, on the north by the Chenal Ecarte on the southwest and by Bear Creek on the Sydenham River on the …

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Prehistoric Forts in Macomb County Figures 1 and 2

Prehistoric Forts in Macomb County

By George H. CannonRead at the annual meeting, June, 1907. But a few years elapsed after the linear surveys were made in Macomb County when home-seekers were in evidence, selecting lands for settlement and occupancy. The surprise was very great when it was discovered that the region had once been occupied by a people now extinct and unknown. In various places, but more often in the vicinity of rivers, were seen mounds of earth or stone, and evidences of once cultivated lands of considerable area, and when along and near to the north branch of the Clinton river no less …

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