Pigging out

Somewhere north of Union City, Michigan, I stopped to take photos of these pigs, who seemed to be enjoying their day as much as I was enjoying mine. I don’t have any historical information to add, because I don’t know exactly where I took these photos. I didn’t record anything about the location on the […]

Burlington Township rectangularity

The 1873 and 1894 county atlases show that the place was owned by an “A. R. Thompson.” I haven’t been able to learn much about him. The 1869 directory for the county lists him as a trustee for the Protestant Methodist Church at Wet Prairie. The term Wet Prairie, when capitalized, seems to sometimes refer to the area, and sometimes to the small village of Abscota in the southwest corner of the section. Abscota was the name of the post office, back when there was a post office there.

Martin Barnhart on West Prairie

(July 24, 2008, continued) Two miles west of Girard, I stopped to take a photo of the old home at the intersection with River Road, just in case there was a history connection I’m supposed to know about. Then some coneflowers got more of my attention than the house did. Tonight I finally got around […]

Whose apple tree?

This apple tree is on the Section 15 that was owned by James Tompkins, and is near the creek. Whether the tree is a descendant of the one in the story is unknown. Most likely it isn’t. But it’s great place to have an apple tree.

Girard neighbors

The 1879 history of Branch County, Michigan tells about the first settlers at Girard. The Americans weren’t the first people living at Girard, though. It’s a common enough story. Many of the first settlers in southern Michigan told how they wouldn’t have made it through the first winter without the assistance of their Potawatomi neighbors […]


The village of Girard has been in the local news the past few days. There was a homicide a few days ago, and the killer has not yet been identified and arrested. I went through my photos from a ride there last July 24 to see if the house where it occurred was one I […]

Apple excitement

But more important than the Black Hawk connection is the story of the apple trees. Whether this apple tree is a descendant of those that were at this place in the 1830s, I don’t know. Neither does the owner of the property.