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When the mill went into operation in April 1837, they found that there was no market where the best lumber could be sold for enough to pay for transportation.

This mill was purchased by James McCormick and his son, James J. who run the mill till 1846, when the father died. They shipped the first cargo of lumber from the Saginaw river. This cargo was shipped to Detroit and sold for $8 --m, half cash, balance in eight and ten months, the lumber running 60 percent, uppers. How long would the lumbermen of today do business under this pressure, and yet these persevering men operated the mill till 1846 with varying success.

The Hon. S.S. Campbell came to Lower Saginaw in March 1838, with his family and built his house on the corner of fifth and Water street where the Globe Hotel now stands. Judge Campbell being the first permanent resident on the surveyed plat of Lower Saginaw, where his family lived and kept the first hotel opened in this county, and continued this business till several other hotels were in successful operation, when the house was greatly enlarged and opened as the Globe. Mr. Campbell in about 1873 built a fine brick block on the lot north and adjoining the Globe, and has lived on his property on Woodside avenue for nearly sixteen years, and is enjoying the fruits of his early efforts and harships in peace and quietness, having his family around him to cheer up his fast approaching old age.

Thomas Rogers came from Canada in the fall of 1836 with a view of securing a home where he could enjoy his political views without the interference of the wealthy nobility such as reigned in Canada at that time. He was employed by Judge Miller to help put in the works of his mill, and the next year sent for his family who came up on the steamer Gov. Marcy at the same time that Joseph Trombley and his bride came to this region. Mr. Trombley says he went down to see the family on the lower deck of the boat, and was surprised to find so fine and intelligent family there, and after some conversations found that they could not afford a first class passage, got his wife to go and see them, and finally paid the difference in the fare and took them up where they could enjoy the benefits of a first class table, which ws keenly appreciated by Mrs. Rogers and family.

In 1836 the territory of this region was surveyed by the United States and placed in the market.

The Indian reservations were to be sold at $5 per acre, for the benefit of the Indians, except the private reservations, which these owners held at fabulous prices.

Some time in 1836, John Riley, son of Stephen V.R. Riley (sic), then and for many years postmaster at Schenectady, N.Y. was prevailed upon to sell his reservations of 648 acres to Andrew T. McReynolds's Detroit, and F.H. Stevens, the president of the Michigan State Bank, in Detroit for the fabulous sum of $40,000 (thirty thousand dollars). The title of this purchase soon passed to the stock company known as the Saginaw Bay Land Company, consisting of A.T. McReynolds, James Fraser, F.H. Stevens, Governor Stevens T. Mason, Henry R. Schoolcraft, Phineas Davis, Henry Hallock, John Hulbert, Electus Barkus, Henry R. Sawyer. This company caused two hundred and forty acres of this purchase in the northwest portion on the river to be surveyed and plated for a town and named it Lower Saginaw. The boundaries of this embryo city was the present Woodside avenue, the Saginaw river, a line about 400 feet south of the parallel with Tenth street, and a line one hundred feet east of the pararrel with Van Buren street.


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Barkus, Electus
Campbell, S.S. (Judge)
Davis, Phineas
Fraser, James
Hallock, Henry
Hulbert, John
Mason, Stevens T.(Gov.)
McCormick, James
McCormick, James J.
McRyenolds, Andrew T.
Miller (Judge)
Riley, John
Riley, Stephen V.R.
Rogers, Thomas
Sawyer, Henry R.
Schoolcraft, Henry R.
Stevens, F.H.
Trombley, Joseph



James Fraser

Sydney S. Campbell
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Sydney sold his residence on the corner of 5th & Water to A.N. Rouece who named it the Globe Hotel. Rouece opened up the upper level for the city's first fixed location for theater performances. {Learn More}
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