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Resolved, That the cordial thanks of this Society are due and are hereby extended to the Board of State Auditors for their kind and hearty cooperation in making it possible to continue and extend the valuable work of the Society during the next two years.
Five minute talks were given by Wesley Emery, J. J. Bush and Wil. liam Foster all of Lansing. Mr. Emery told briefly of his twenty-four years teaching in the public schools of Michigan and read a poem written by himself on his 80th birthday which he celebrated two years ago.
Mr. Bush declared Michigan to be the champion state on account of two living daughters of the Revolutionary war. He told of his grandfather's enlisting for service in that war when only fifteen years old. He spoke of his grandmother's family living in the big stone house in which Washington made his headquarters during the winter at Valley Forge, and of the minute descriptions of Washington and Knox that he had heard from his grandmother. The Hessian soldiers filled that lady with perfect hatred and contempt by their lawless ways and personalities. In conclusion Mr. Bush said, "This June day reminds me of a typical pioneer day, when the whole landscape was covered with the great silent forests and this beautiful land was God's own park. I go back in memory eighty-five years. I recall scenes of my childhood and remember well the log cabins built in a clearing in the great forests many miles from any neighbors. They did their work well who lived in that age which gave strength and courage. We hope the rising generations may meet the problems of their day as well as we met ours."
William Foster recited some of his interesting pioneer experiences.
Thursday evening “Mother Goose's Children,” little living pictures were given and sung by the children from the Larch street school. This was followed by an excellent address by Mrs. Caroline P. Campbell of Grand Rapids of The Great Seal of Michigan, 1835 and Its Relation to the State Flag. Miss Anna L. Gillies of Flint sang two selections "Jean," Spros8 and “Robin Adair," Carrie Jacobs Bond.
Mrs. Elizabeth Horner Burling of Ripon, Wis., daughter of Michigan's last Territorial Governor, John Scott Horner, was introduced by the president and read a brief sketch of the life of her father. Mrs. Burling was proposed as an honorary member of the Society. Miss Gillies sang two selections "A perfect Day" Bond and "Love in May" Arditi.
Mr. Claude Buchanan of Grand Rapids read the memoir of his aunt, Mrs. Thomas D. Gilbert. Miss Margaret Gilray of Sault Ste. Marie sang "Spring's Awakening,” Buck, with “You'd Better Ask Me,” Lohr, as an encore.
Letters of regret, gifts and membership were read by Mrs. M. B. Ferrey, following which Miss Gillies closed the meeting by singing "Yesterday and To-day,” Spro88.
The absence of M. H. Bumphrey of Three Rivers was very much regretted but his paper "Early Kalamazoo and St. Joseph County" has been filed.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY, HENRY R. PATTENGILL.
The publications of this Society now number thirty-nine volumes including two indexes of fifteen books each from volumes one to thirty inclusive. The free distributions of these books to rural schools having twenty-five books in their own libraries resulted in the necessity for many reprints and more judicious circulation. A careful examination of the early volumes showed mistakes which should be corrected and additional knowledge of historical facts which had come to light that should be added.
To the attainment of this end an editor was employed. H. S. Bartholomew began this work in July, 1907, and closed his labors in September at the opening of the University. Six volumes were revised in the two months and new indexes made or old ones corrected. Volumes thirteen and fourteen were gone over by Mr. Burton and daughter; volumes fifteen and sixteen by Hon. Joseph Greusel. These are more extended in notes and citations showing much research which added greatly to their value. Miss Burton has continued the good work begun by Mr. Greusel in volumes eighteen and nineteen and these are in the hands of the printer while twenty is being edited. All of these, with the one exception, have had new indexes made by Mrs. M. B. Ferrey who has become exceedingly expert in this work. Volume thirty-seven of the regular series is full of historical matter. Letters on the Early Fur Trade by Schoolcraft's brother-in-law, William Johnston, and the trials of the fur merchant as shown in the Narrative of Perault give pitiful pioneer conditions. Important lessons have been shown in the Bond and Schoolcraft papers, showing how history repeats itself as demonstrated by these records. The lettering and color of the covers have been changed thus making our publication more attractive than the usual official reports.
An excellent mid-winter meeting was held at Kalamazoo which not only resulted in the largest attendance and widest interest shown at these semi-annual gatherings, but in the organization of a county Historical Society to be auxiliary to the State Society and doing the same work for the county that we are trying to do for the State. The reception tendered by Nazareth Academy at the suggestion of Father Frank A. O'Brien, the concert given under the auspices of the Daughters of the Americal Revolution, the tea served by the Women's clubs, the great assistance of the Commercial Club and the hearty cooperation of all the citizens generally made it a memorable event.
We learn to do things by doing and were just beginning to extend the work to such an extent that the legislature granted us an additional amount of $2,000 annually by a unanimous vote. In the closing hours of the legislative session Governor Osborn sent in a message vetoing the entire appropriation for the maintenance of the Society with the suggestion that the work could be done by the State Library. No appropriation, however, had been made for this additional burden and none could be at so late an hour. This action of the Governor would therefore have suspended the entire work of the society for two years had not the State Board of Auditors patriotically come to the rescue, and provided for the housing, caring for the pioneer collections and carrying to completion the historical volumes and work already underway.
The society and the Auditors are in receipt of letters from all portions of the State commending their action in the matter, and we here wish to express our appreciation to the Board of Auditors for planning to maintain our work, and to the people everywhere for kind and hearty words of commendation and praise.
We cannot refrain from calling attention to the debt the State owes to our president, Mr. C. M. Burton of Detroit. No one in America has a richer collection of manuscripts, maps, books and data bearing on the early history of the North West Territory. Mr. Burton has spent a large amount collecting and caring for this historic matter. He has for a third of a century made the study and collection of Michigan history a delightful avocation. He has spent time, money and thought on the matter. All this rich treasure is ours to study and his time and knowledge are ours for guidance, help and inspiration. It is certainly to be hoped that no untoward action may rob the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society of Mr. Burton's enthusiastic support. It cannot be had for money.
Our museum is crowded to the limit and is now one of the most attractive features of the Capitol, and receives continually increasing throngs of interested visitors. Some day the State will provide larger quarters for the display. Let any who have rare old curios connected with Michigan pioneers plan to leave the same to the Pioneer Museum.
Probably no one person connected with this society works harder, longer, more loyally or more efficiently for the furtherance of the interests of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society than does the indomitable, tactful, persevering and able clerk of the society, Mrs. M. B. Ferrey, who does the work of at least three persons as such things go in other state societies. The Secretary's hardest lot is keeping her from working herself to a nervous wreck. Largely through her visits, addresses and efforts the Women's clubs of Michigan and the county historical societies are working more and more in unison with the state society. Public sentiment is daily growing more and more favorable to us. School-teachers are slowly awakening to the value of the publications as assistance in school work. Really in spite of our temporary setback we are feeling very much encouraged. Come and join us.
The report of the secretary, of the finances is as follows:
There is due on contract with B. F. Stevens and Brown for
translating and copying manuscript for completion of the
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NEW MEMBERS 1910-1911
1543. Mrs. Angie Elizabeth Haze Hungerford, Lansing;
Henry E. Downer, Detroit, July 1, 1910;
GIFTS AND LOANS, 1911
Loaned by Mrs. Judson, pewter caster with seven bottles.
Picture of historic tree, Traverse City, presented by Woman's Club of Traverse City.
White sauce dish, presented by Mrs. Talcott.
Candle mould brought to Michigan, 1858, hooks and board to tie candles on, curly maple bedstead, small wooden tub, presented by Mrs. Bradish, Adrian.
Horse's bit, presented by Mr. R. W. Cooper, Lansing.
Black leather trunk brought from Ireland, 1802; wicker basket; large black tray; twelve bound books, presented by Mr. Talbot.
Loaned by Mrs. F. D. Hadrick, photograph of Ontonagon squaw, 100 years old.
Picture of mother of Senator J. B. Harsh, Creston, Iowa, great grandmother Nancy Harsh Babbitt, born June 14, 1810.
Reports, Library Congress.
Two admission tickets to capitol when ex-President Roosevelt visited here, presented by Fred Hadrick.
Fan, over eighty years old, loaned by Mrs. S. E. Cooper, Lansing.
Personal card written by Mrs. Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, presented by Mrs. Alexander Custard, Mendon.
Brown jug, made in 1849, in Leslie, presented by Mrs. P. A. Hahn.
Loaned by Mrs. Mabel Scott, wooden box, hand made, 100 years old; three books, very early; printed picture on cloth; Chinese sacred lily; picture of her grandparents; four book marks, hand made.