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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX.-h.s, A Visit to the Old Hunting-Grounds--Interview with Henry Gilbert, the Founder Of the Kalamazoo Gazette--A Thriving Village--Sketch of the Family of the First Settler, Nelson Chambers--The Splendid Artesian, Wells--The Present Business Men, etc. Near half a century had passed since companion Rhodes and the writer left the forest, and before closing this little historical work it seemed necessary to visit the grounds where the scenes took place, and. as its first chapter announced our reception by Nelson Chambers, the first and only white settler in that part of the county of Allegan, the author felt anxious to know whether Mr. and Mrs. C. were still there and their destiny and that of his family. March 14, 1889, found us on the Central road bound for Kalamazoo. On landing there our first business was to seek out the first editor and founder of the Kalamazoo Gazette, Henry Gilbert, who gave us our first position in western Michigan on a newspaper, in 1837. We were not long in reaching his beautiful dwelling and the door bell called a matronly appearing lady, who informed us Mr. G. would be in soon and invited us to a seat where we pleasantly spent a few minutes, when Mr. Gilbert appeared. Grasping him by the hand,--"Do you recognize me?" Gazing with earnestness, he could not. He was reminded of many transactions in by-gone days, of his old office and bookstore, of the departure of two young men for the wilderness, and he well remembered all. Perhaps we did not have a jovial time in rehearsing the scenes of the past. In the mean time his estimable wife prepared a sumptuous dinner. Mr. Gilbert, although near 80, is full of life and vigor and highly esteemed, as he ever was, for his integrity and honor. We have never seen a neater or more deligh...
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