Letter From Mrs Matilda of Albion... March, 1914
We had to ford every stream until we reached Grass Lake. In Jackson the team got mired in the mud where the Hibbard hotel used to stand (Ostego).
I have heard our folks tell there were 16 of us, old and young, who came and we wintered in the shanty which stood at the head of Spring Brook (River) and the spring came out of the ground by the door.
Our shanty or house was made of split logs and then hewed off until smooth. It was 11' wide, 22' long, 6' and 4” high on the back side and 10' high in front. It had one door made of split logs hewed off and hung with wooden hinges. It had no chimny but flat stones set up and no hearth but flat stones layed down and all the light came through a hole cut in the roof where the smoke went out. But I tell you everyone had enough to eat if they could only
I think, also, of the four old Indian chiefs who lived neighbor to us when we came to
Spring Arbor in Aug, 1831. Wappageek, Jim Sundown, Big Kettle, Leather Nose were their
names. The hut where these old chiefs lived was built on the east side of he road where
the land comes down to the marsh; not the road that goes west by the station, but the road
that comes down by the Tefft place and is called the Spring Arbor Road to Grandfather
Worth's place. The hut was built close by the marsh and I have been in it with father and sat
on old Wappageek's lap.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 42° 11.35′ N, 84° 34.517′ W. Marker is near Spring Arbor, Michigan, in Jackson County. Marker is on Hammond Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spring Arbor MI 49283, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Methodist Episcopal College (a few steps from this marker); 1835 Spring Arbor Village (within shouting distance of this marker);
More about this marker. On the grounds of the Falling Water Park.
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