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Sufferers' Land - Post 54 - Last Reunion of the Pioneers

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Last Reunion of the Pioneers

by Dave Barton

The Fourth of July 1857 was a Saturday. From all over Erie and Huron counties, people gathered for the reunion, an assembly of the early settlers and their descendants. 1,246 more words

Sufferers' Land - Post 53 - Pioneer Heritage

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Pioneer Heritage

by Dave Barton

By the mid 1850s, the ranks of the early settlers of the Firelands were becoming thin. Many of the survivors, chief among them Platt Benedict, considered organizing a society to preserve the heritage of those pioneers before there was no one left to remember those days. 532 more words

Sufferers' Land - Post 51 - Railroads and Cholera

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Railroads and Cholera

by Dave Barton

For years, Norwalk’s prosperity depended on its position as Huron County Seat. The town of Milan dominated the commerce of the region with its canal connecting it to Lake Erie via the Huron River. 783 more words

Sufferers' Land - Post 46 - Cholera Strikes Again

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Cholera Strikes Again

by Dave Barton

The summer of 1849, Cholera struck a second devastating blow across the Firelands. Sandusky, being the largest town in the region, was again the hardest hit. 280 more words

Sufferers' Land - Post 45 - Life in Norwalk, Ohio in the 1840's

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Life in Norwalk, Ohio in the 1840’s

by Dave Barton

In the mid-1840s, Norwalk was a vibrant village with over a thousand inhabitants. A sandy road, now called Main Street, ran along the ridge. 854 more words

Sufferers' Land - Post 43 - An Abolitionist Comes to Norwalk

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An Abolitionist Comes to Norwalk

by Dave Barton

After the failure of his business, Henry Buckingham had been elected County Treasurer. One evening in the fall of 1842, he came out of the Court House at dusk and noticed a respectable looking middle-aged man standing alone in front of the bank. 356 more words

Sufferers' Land - Post 41 - The Benedict Family

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The Benedict Family

by Dave Barton

Platt Benedict was not in as bad a situation as Henry Buckingham although the failure of The Norwalk Manufacturing Company must have disappointed him. 583 more words