Page images
PDF
EPUB

ferent that the most searching and logical mind will be unable to harmonize them. These facts were forcibly realized by the gentlemen who composed the committee, and has been our experience.

As one of the most interesting features of this work we present the portraits of numerous representative citizens. It has been our aim to have the prominent men of to-day, as well as the pioneers, represented in this department, and we compliment ourselves on the uniform high character of the gentlemen whose portraits we present. They are in the strictest sense representative men, and are selected from all the callings and professions worthy to be represented. There are others, it is true, who claim equal prominence with those presented, but of course it was impossible for us to give portraits of all the leading men and pioneers of the county.

As the ending of the tedious and toilsome labor attending the publication of a work of this nature and magnitude dawns upon us, we cannot lay down our pen without returning thanks to those who have so freely aided our corps of historians. Among these we personally mention Albert Baxter, editor of the Eagle; Robert Hilton, John Ball, Prof. E. Everett, Wright L. Coffinberry, Reuben H. Smith, Thomas B. Church, Loomis K. Bishop, Registrar, E. G. D. Holden, Lyman D. Norris, W. N. Cook, Fred S. Clarke, County Clerk; James N. Davis, of the Democrat; Wm. I. Blakely, Thomas D. Gilbert, Judge S. L. Withey, together with a large number of ministers of the gospel and secretaries of secret and benevolent societies who so quickly and fully responded when asked for information.

To the members of the newspaper press of the county we are indebted for their entire unanimity in support of the work. During the period of our stay in the county, the editors of the various journals co-operated with us in a most cordial manner. Nor can we forget the hundreds who made the publication of this great work possible by patronizing it. To this large and most important portion of the people we must forever feel grateful. They supported the work, and for them it was written and compiled.

To Prof. M. A. Leeson, our historian, we express our thanks, as also to the gentlemen forming our corps of biographical historians. They faithfully discharged every duty devolving upon them.

C. C. CHAPMAN & CO. CHICAGO, December, 1881

CERTIFICATES,

Below we present copies of the certificates signed by the members composing the committee appointed by the President of the Old Residents' Society to correct and revise the manuscript of the general history of the county, and that of the city of Grand Rapids. These certificates will show to those who examine this work that great care was taken to have it authentic. The gentlemen whose names are connected with the certificates have been prominently identified with the county for many years, and are known to be men of ability, sound judgment, integrity, and deeply interested in the history of their county.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 17, 1881. The undersigned, members of the General Committee, appointed by the President of the Old Residents' Association of the Grand River Valley to read the history of the city of Grand Rapids, have examined the manuscript submitted, and find it to be prepared with care and diligence. It is replete in facts and incidents, and forms a very valuable addition to the history of the county.

ROBERT HILTON,
Thos. B. CHURCH,
JOHN BALL,
WILLIAM N. COOK,
REUBEN H. SMITH,
WM. I. BLAKELY.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., Sept. 1, 1881. We, the members of a committee appointed by the President of the old Residents' Association of the Grand River Valley to revise and correct the History of Kent County, published by C. C. Chapman & Co., have devoted several days to an examination of many of the principal chapters, suggested what corrections were necessary, and now believe it contains a full, accurate and impartial account of men and events connected with the political, religious and commercial history of Kent county

ROBERT HILTON,
Thos. B. CHURCH,
JOHN BALL,
WILLIAM N. Cook,
REUBEN H. SMITH,
WM. I. BLAKELY,

[ocr errors][merged small][merged small]
[graphic][merged small][subsumed][merged small]
[ocr errors]

State University.
State Normal School.
Agricultural College.

90
Oiher Colleges

92
Charitable Institutions

94
State Public School..

94
State Reform School...

95
Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and
tbe Blind....

90
Asylum for the Insane, at Kalamyzoo..

Pontiac...

97
Pepal Institutions...

97
State Agricultural Society

98
Pomological Society.

98
State Fisheries.

98
State Firemen's Association.

99
State Board of Public Health,.

99
Slate Land Ofice.....

100
State Library

100
Banks.....

101
Geology..

107
Newepapers

108
Population..

108
State Oficers.

109
Topography.
Retrosp.ct.

111

80
84
89
41
44
46
50
56
57
58
60
62
65
74
776
79
80
82
88
88

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

Administration of Gen. Care...

Geo. B. Porter
The “Toledo War"
Administration of Gov. Borner.
Michigan as a State..
Administrations of the State Governors...
War of the Rebellion..
Public School System.

111

[ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]

GEOLOGY, ARCHÆOLOGY, etc....

Geological Formations.
Michigan Salt Group.
Gypsum....
Archæology.
Sepulchers of the Sanks.
Latitnde and Longitade .
Sammits...
Rainfall..
Original Name of the Valley.

117
117
120
125
125
130
134
134
135
135

[blocks in formation]

CHAPTER VI.

PIONEER REMINISCENCES.

Rix Robinson's Supremacies.
The Kaw-wa-schauay-bee-schid...
The Eastern Man and the Bear..
Tom Lewis' Pranks....
Geo. Coggeshall..
Postal Changes in 1840.
Proscribing the Winds...
Louis Campau on the Modern City
Death of Peleg Barlow...
The Immigrants
The Ovidians.
Indian Tramps.
Whisky in the Rocking-Chair.
That Goin' to Mill....
McNaughton's Stage
Kent Pioneers in Ottawa..
The Indian Girl's Reprieve..
Campau's First Buggy
Almost Equal Terms....
Visitors at Kalamazoo...
To the Rescue....
The Recollections of a Pioneer.
Early Catholic Missions.
The Boynton Settlement...
To Kalamazoo and Return
* The Gulf Prairie Wolf...
The Indian's Victim
The Unknown Traveler..

210
210

211
. 212

213
214
215
215
216
217
218
219
220
220
220
2:23
223
225
225
226
226
227
228
229
236
236
237
237
238
222
. 1037

[graphic]
[graphic]

CHAPTER III.

WELL-REMEMBERED SAVAGES....... 152

CHAPTER IV.

TREATIES WITH THE INDIANS...... 161
How the Treaties were carried out. 169
Arrival of Leonard Slater..

176
End of the Indian Mission..

180

[blocks in formation]
[graphic]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

528
801

948
1109
7746
1747
765
837
366
564
1056
656
186
692
131
1228
..1310

239

912
.1377
.1376

581
1277
893

402
. 999
..1288

7727

820
929
874
673

419
.1200
1217

784
1297

545
150
330

294
.1325

492
383

...1248

Allen, J. W....
Avery. N. L....
Ball, John.
Birdsall, Wm
Blain, Sarah A..
Blain, Wilmot H.
Boynton, Jerry.
Brace, Avery
Briggs, G. G...
Brown, Elisha T.
Brown, K. J..
Brown, Wm. H.
Bush, Daniel.
Campan, E

E....
(ampau, Louis
Chappell, Dan N.
Cheney, Á. B....
Clark. Erastus.
Coinstock, C.C.
Cook, Marietta.
Cook Orson..
Cordes, w..
Corter, R. L..
Dunham, Wm.
Durfee. Allen ..
Everett, Franklin,
Feakins, Edward.
Fitch, Norton..
Ford, c. S., M. D
Fralick, Henry
Hake, Wm.
Harrington, V
Heath, L. W...
Hills, Perry
Hilton, David W..
Hilton, Robert..
Hoag, A. R.

R....
Hozadone, Edwin D
Hogadone, J. B
Holder, Hon. E. G. D.,..
Hollister, Harvey J

[ocr errors]

Holmes, E, S....
Hovey, Wm.
Hughes, D. Darwin
Jamison, Hugh
Johnson, G. K., M. D.
King, Francis
McCarty, N. L...
McLean, Alexander.
Miller, George.
Moh), Edward.
Nash, J. E...
Norris, Lyman D....
Norton, E. W
Olmsted, W. I...
Pettis, Edward.
Phillips, E. C
Pickett, Wm. B
Prindle, C. W., M. D..
Rhodes, Anna?
Rhodes, Hiram.
Robinson, Rix..
Sellers, L. M..
Skidmore, D. M.
Smiley, M. J.
Stone, H. G..
Stonebreaker, A. C.
Swarts, Edward
Symes, Joba.
Tabor, Marcius.
Taylor, Hollis R..
Towner, Cerelia L.
Towner, S. S.
Van Buren, O..
Wenham. John C...
White, Geo. H..
Whitfield, I. J., M.D.
Winegar, Isaac.
Withey, Hon. S. L
Wood, Clinton A..
Zinser, John M..,

311
.1355
1345

114
437
600
875
965

..1073
...1257

[ocr errors]

..1237

456
1002
1128

347
.1145
.1092

258

275
..1019

509

1268
1181
1836
618
619
856
984
203
473
637
167
710
1164

[ocr errors]

320

[blocks in formation]

321
324
325
325
326
343

CHAPTER VII.

345

THE OLD RESIDENTS' SOCIETY.. 247
Organization

247
First Roll of Members

249
Reorganization.

250
Meetinys....

250-254
Acts of the Association, 1879-81

254
Roll of Members, 1871- 81.

200- 06
I am Almost There"

266
Junior Old Settlers' Asrociation

267
Junior Roll of Charter Members

268

316

350
350-400

403
411

411

CHAPTER XI.
POLITICAL HISTORY

Congressional and State Elections
Early County Officials....
Roard of Coupty Commissioners
Board of Supervisors.
Election Returns
Election in 1881..

CHAPTER XII
KENT COUNTY IN THE WAR .

The First War Meeting;
The 1st Engineers and Mechanics..
Regimente, in Order...
List of Carualties...
Buried in This County

CHAPTER XIII
THE COUNTY PRESS

Grand River Times
Young Hickory
Graud kapids Eagle
The Daily Eagle....
The Democrat..
Daily Herald..
Grand Rapids Press.
The Young Wolverine
Great Western Journal.
The Daily Times...
Saturday Evening Post.
The Leader..
The Pioneer
Michigan Staals Zeitung
De Standaard....
Vrijheids Banier.
Lowell Journal.
Cedar Springs Clipper..
Rockford Weekly R-gister..
Kent County Herald
Sand Lake Weekly Enterprise..

CHAPTER VIII.

415
416
416
417

[blocks in formation]

4277
427
427
427
428
429
429
431
432
433
433
434
435
439
440
440

442

CHAPTER XIV.
MISCELLANEOUS...

Agriculture and Horticulture
Banks and Bankers.,
Educational...
Kent Scientific Institute.
Medical....
The County Grange
Minor Iteins, 1841-'81.
Retrospect

442
457
462
464

464
. 470

[ocr errors]

485

Other Acts of Organization, etc
Acts of the Supervisors
The Court-House Square.
Growth of the Supervisors' Board.
Financial Condition of the County
Growth Shown by Population.
Public Highways..
Railroads...

291
242
293
297

293
• 301
303
304

CHAPTER X.

THE COURTS AND BAR...

Murder of Nega..
Murder of Dr. Kerney.
Murder of Barber
Murder of James Crawford
Trottier's Cheese.
First Lawyers of the County
Primitive Justice Courts
Bar Association,
Present Bar

305
306
310
310
313
314
314
316
317
319

.

CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS.

872
872

880
. 883
.888
. 889
889

890
.890

.

.. 895

Introductory.
First American Settlers..
Reminiscences of John Ball.
First Plats of the Village.
Organic
Charter Election
Village Trustees.
Mayors aud Aldermen to 1881.
Other Officers....
Fire Department..
Water Works.
Police..
Hotels
Postoffices
Statistics of Property.
Population...
Highways..
Schools..
Teachers for 1881..
City Expenses for 1881–2.
City Library
CHURCHES:

Baptist..
Catholic.
Methodist Episcopal.

794
800
809
824
829
829
830
831
833
834
836
840
841
842
844
845
845
846
854
857
858

Wesleyan Methodist....
Congregational...
Protestant Episcopal..
Lutheran and Reformed
Presbyterian.
Swedenborgian
Universalist

Jewish.
Cemeteries..
Kent Scientific Institute..
Union Benevolent Association.
Ladies' Hebrew Benevolent Society.
Young Men's Christian Association
B'nai B'rith..
Central W.C.T. U..
1. O. G T
I. 0.0. F
Masonic...
Knights of Honor
Ind. Order of Foresters.
Knights of Pythias
Iud. Order of Red Men.
Royal Arcanum...
Grand Army of the Republic
Holland Mutual Aid Society
Covenant Mutual Benefit Association.

.895
.897

897
.898
.898

· 899

899
900
903
904
905
905
905
906
906
907

.

858
864
869


« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »