FROM THE ARCHIVES: Of trips, trees and an intrepid woman

From the Archives | Sandy Main

To close the year, here are some interesting reports from the Greenville Independent that turned up during our research.


(1902) “Triplets born to Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Christensen near Six Lakes, two boys and a girl; boys weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces each, girl 7 1/2 pounds. Mother and children doing well. These three are the youngest of 10 children, 9 of whom are living.”

The above announcement apparently sparked a response because the following week this article appeared:

“The champion triplets of Michigan are Mrs. Mary Haviland of Coral, wife of Rev. D.S. Haviland; Mrs. Martha Hallenback of Alma; and Mrs. Marguerite Stout of Adrian. They were 71 on Aug. 30, 1901, and are hale, hearty and happy. Their father was the father of 16 children, including two pairs of twins.” (No mention of their mother!)

Trip from Mecosta

(1859) “On Friday last Mr. Williams arrived in this village, with two horses attached to a lumber wagon, which he had driven through from Leonard, the County Seat of Mecosta County, situated about forty miles northwesterly from this village, on the Big Rapids in Muskegon River. This is the first trip made with a team over the new State road between these villages. Mr. Williams represents the road in some places as quite rough, but that it may without great expense be put in a passable condition.

“The people of that locality have heretofore made their purchases of supplies either at Grand Rapids or Muskegon, either of which is some eighty miles from Leonard. The opening of this road will furnish them a market within half this distance, and probably give the merchants of this village the trade of Leonard.

“We learned from Mr. Williams that it is expected that fifty million feet of pine logs will be put into Muskegon River at Big Rapids during the ensuing winter, for the mills at Muskegon.”


(1874) “An exchange says Mr. Albert French, of Lakeview, Montcalm county, is constructing a secretary designed to embody all the different kinds of wood that grow in this county.

“The list includes the following fifty-two varieties: White pine, yellow pine, white oak, burr oak, black oak, yellow oak, white ash, black ash, white beech, red beech, blue beech, black cherry, red cherry, choke cherry, white elm, red elm, rock elm, hard maple, soft maple, white hickory, bitternut hickory, white cedar, red cedar, white birch, yellow birch, basswood, iron wood, poplar, cucumber, sycamore, whitewood, butternut, black walnut, hemlock, spruce, tamarack, peperage, balm of Gilead, boxwood, thornapple, wild plum, juneberry, white willow, red willow, tag alder, sassafras, crab apple, sumach, dog wood, witch hazel, nany plum and green ozier.”

An intrepid woman

(1888) “Theron Hamilton’s wife in Fairplains has exhibited great pluck and ability to defend her property. Thursday night of last week she was aroused from sleep by a noise in a back room. She arose to learn what it was. She lighted a lamp and explored. She discovered a man filling a sack with pork.

“Not awaiting to arouse the men in the house, she at once proved herself master of the situation by picking up a horse whip lying near and plying about the man’s head and shoulders as he fled through the house, following him into the street where another man flashed a light into her face, exclaiming: ‘My God! it is a woman,’ when both fled leaving the sack of pork behind. Hurrah for Mrs. Hamilton!”

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