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An Old Time Ann Arborite

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lu mentiomng the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Castle Blaokbnrn, daughter of Col. Castle and Mrs. Mary Ano S. f'ierland, which occuned at Azalia, March 26, the Milan Leader says: "Mrs. Blaokburn has lived in Michigan sinoe she was ten yeƔrs old, as in May, 1828, Col. Sntherland moved with his family from Geneva to a vast wilderness containing only thirty houses. Soon after their arrival the town, from the beautifnl wild grape arbors and in honor of five of the pioneers' wives whose christian naroes were Ann (among whom was the mother of the deceased) was christened 'Ann's Harbor, ' later, 'Ann Arbor. ' "For a few years the inhabitants snffered many privations, sometimes living for weeks on potatoes and salt ; flonr was ten dollars a barrel, and the settlers had to go with ox teams to Detroit, a distance of forty miles, to get it. "The Indians often passed through, four or five hnndred sometimes oaruping near the town. Men sat or slept with their guns in their hands. To her the Indians were a terror. " This gives still another version of the aooredited manner in which our fair city gained its name.