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The Washtenaw Pioneer Meeting

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The animal meeting of the Waslitenaw Connty Pionper Society was held in the Methodist chureh ol tliis village on Wednesday, June loth and was oné oí the most pleasant and guccesaful In the history of the Society. The session opened at 10:30 a. m., with prayer by Kev. M. H. McMahon. The session was devoted principally to the business of the Society and reading of the necrologist's report. At 12 o'clock camp adjournment for dinner, which was a sumptuous repast, served in the chureh parlors and presided over by the ladies of the village. The afternoon session was opened at 1:15 and was a very interesting and enjoyable meeting. Secretary Sessions began the ptogram by reading trom the Societies' scrap book, which is a valuable comnilation of historical matter that has leen accumulated by the officers oí the Society. It embraces sketches froiu ilmost every townsliip In the eounty, , índ as it is all authentic, the volume s of almost incalculable valué. Following tliis carne the principal paper of the day, by .Tudge Harriman, which was of the greatest interest. It touched upon the lives, characters and environments of the pioneera of Washtenaw, and upon the progrees which had been made since the sturdy set t Iers íirst bagan to lay the foundation for the banner county of Michigan. Lack of space compels us to omit all save a passing notice. The paper was greatly enjoyed, and all were sorry when it carne to a close. C. M. Starks ,of Webster followed wit li mie of his eharacteristically Interestlng talks, whicli was greatly appreeiated. Dr. Holmes, of Chelsea ,made a lew well-ehosen remarks which gáve both young and old food for thought. Several other Impromptu addresees completed the speecl making. John W. Williams, of Webster, a pioneer, í;.u)í two selectlons, wliich were greatly appreclated: "l'orty Years Ago" an'a "The Rallroad of Life." Dr. HolmeSi of Chelsea, was elected President of the Society, and J. Q. A. Sessions, of Ann Arbor, Secrctai-y, for the ensuing year. By request those. presen t who settlid in t'his couiity prior to 1830 arose, 17 anaweriBg to the cali. At 4 p. 111. the meeting adjourned after extendlng a hearty vote of thanks to the Society, the ladiea of Dexter, the ohoir, and all who assisted in makiiig the meeting a success. The uext meeting will be held In Chelsea- Dexter Leader.