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Sketches of Pioneer Life in Genesee County Michigan Two reports from 1884 by Sherman Stevens who was one of the very first settlers in the county.
  • Sketch of Early Pioneer Life
  • Continuation of Early Days In Genesee County

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    over the muddy streets—and, by the by, one of those children became Mrs. A. B. Mathews, of Pontiac, and the brother went to California in 1850, and died there.

    I had some trouble with my city school-mates, who were disposed to make fun of the boy from the backwoods with the butternut-colored coat. But ere long they found the butternut coat at the head of the class, carrying with him the respect and good will of the teacher for his industry and application.

    While at school I found my Indian education of service to me. At times large numbers of Indians came to the city from their hunting grounds to sell their furs and skins, and they would hunt me up to aid and interpret for them. I used to take them to a little wooden building on the corner of Jefferson and Woodward avenues, kept by F. P. Browning, who gave me a liberal commission on all the trade I brought him; and before the school term ended I was enabled to improve the appearance of my wardrobe.

    I returned to Grand Blanc and went to work; but soon I tired of hoeing corn, and told my father that with his permission I would try my fortune in the settlements. Although I was the last of four sons to leave the parental roof, he did not object, but he warned me of his inability to "stake" me (as we say in the West). Of this fact I was well aware; but, nothing daunted, at the age of sixteen, I mounted my pony (my only personal property), and started for Pontiac. At that time the principal store was owned by Newberry & Beach, Oliver Newberry, of Detroit, and Elisha Beach, the resident manager. At that time an important item was their trade with the Indians, and my ability to speak the language enabled me to secure an engagement. I remained there about a year, when I was engaged at a larger salary to go to Saginaw to take charge of a little store established by L. P. Riggs, on Green Point, a mile or two above Saginaw City.

    While there I made occasional trips to the hunting-grounds with an Indian guide who had lost one arm by amputation, the operation having been per­formed by himself. A tree had fallen upon him, pinioning his left arm to the ground, breaking the bone, but leaving his body and right arm free. He was able to get out his knife, cut off the fastened arm, and make


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