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The Haskell Home Orphanage Tragedy

The Haskell Home Orphanage Tragedy: Battle Creek, MI

The architectual model for the Haskell Home was exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893, and recognized as the "grandest institution" in Battle Creek after it was completed.

Children came from all over the country, some as young as the almost four-year-old who travelled 200 miles by train with a note pinned to his jacket reading "Please help me to Haskell Home, Battle Creek."

On February 5, 1909 a fire engulfed the entire structure in minutes and reduced the Haskell Home Orphanage to ashes within two hours. All inmates managed to escape the blazing inferno except three children aged 10, 12 and 14.

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Branch County, Michigan: Soldiers in the Civil War

Branch County, Michigan: Soldiers in the Civil War

Soldiers who were from, mustered into service, or settled in Branch County, Michigan. Information was compiled from several sources, including service records, county histories, pension records, post office records, census and G.A.R. rosters.

Includes an index listing nearly ten thousand Civil War veterans.

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Calhoun County, Michigan: Soldiers in the Civil War

Calhoun County, Michigan: Soldiers in the Civil War

Soldiers who were from, mustered into service, or settled in Calhoun County, Michigan. Information was compiled from several sources, including service records, county histories, pension records, post office records, census and G.A.R. rosters.

Includes an index listing over fourteen thousand Civil War veterans.

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A Soldier's Diary: the Story of a Volunteer

A Soldier's Diary: the Story of a Volunteer by David Lane

When the residents of Jackson county, Michigan heard of the South's attack on Fort Sumter, they responded by forming the 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry. David Lane, at the age of 38, left his wife and four children and enlisted in company G, as bugler. He later became company clerk and hospital steward.

Mr. Lane kept a diary of his civil war experiences and had it privately published in 1905, giving copies to family. Bruce Catton, the well known Civil War historian quoted David Lane's diary multiple times in his book, "A Stillness at Appomattox."

Additional research by the editor are included to provide supplemental information on phrases, places, persons and contemporary events.

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The Book of Ages

The Book of Ages

Stuck for a birthday present for someone who is older than dirt? Sorry, keep looking. But if your friend has a competitive spirit, perhaps they would like a list of others as great as themselves that they have already surpassed in the age game.

Who lived longer, actress Mary Martin or her son Larry Hagman; country singer Tex Ritter or his son, comedian John Ritter? Which U.S. President lived the longest? HINT: It was not Ronald Reagan. The answers are in this book.

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What I Remember of the Great Rebellion

What I Remember of the Great Rebellion by Wells B. Fox

Wells B. Fox completed a surgical record of all Michigan Regiments in the Ninth Army Corps. This was valuable to the families of the old soldiers and describes in detail the facts relative to each wounded soldier, with character of wound, treatment and disposition of the case.

Dr. Fox dedicated this publication to his comrades of the six Michigan Regiments [2nd, 8th, 17th, 20th, 27th Infantry and 1st Sharpshooters] who were wounded from May 6, 1864 to the close of the rebellion, including battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Poplar Grove Church, and those sick in the Field Hospital. He was, by invitation of Gen. Sheridan, a witness of the making of the terms of peace between Grant and Lee at Appomattox, Virginia.

First published in 1892. Additional research resulting in over one thousand footnotes by the editor are included to help validate this material.

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Studies in Character Building: Guide for Child Rearing

Studies in Character Building: Guide for Child Rearing by Ella Kellogg.

This is a complete reprint of the 1905 edition. Although some advice may be dated, the method's provided in this book would be beneficial today for any expectant parent, and the standard for all parents until Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care published in 1946.

Ella Ervilla (Eaton) Kellogg, along with her husband, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, were foster parents for over forty children and legally adopted at least four. She led training for foster mothers and wrote numerous articles on child-rearing. She was a charter member of the American Dietetic Association, and was inducted in the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Beyond These Gates

Beyond These Gates

This historic cemetery became the final resting place for many early pioneers in Battle Creek, including veterans from all United States wars, the cereal kings, abolitionists, social reformers and the many citizens that contributed what they could to make their community and the world a better place. Includes information on over 950 individuals that left their mark on Mid-Michigan, with hundreds of photographs. Among the notables buried at Oak Hill Cemetery are: Erastus Hussey, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, W. K. Kellogg, Bill Knapp, Sands McCamly, Leila Post Montgomery, C. W. Post, Sojourner Truth, Gen. William H. Revere, Cassius Marcellus Upton, John Addington Wagner, Junior Walker, Ellen and James White. All royalties for this book go to the Oak Hill Cemetery Company. J. Jackson, editor.

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Veterans of Oak Hill Cemetery

Veterans of Oak Hill Cemetery

Resting in Oak Hill cemetery in Battle Creek, Michigan are more than two thousand veterans from every American war from the Revolutionary War to the Middle East, including one General and two Medal of Honor recipients. Included (when possible) is the name of each veteran, unit, enlistment and discharge, information about their service, membership in veteran groups after the war and also birth and death information. All royalties for this book go to the Oak Hill Cemetery Company. J. Jackson, editor.

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Record of Burials, Oakridge Cemetery, Marshall, Michigan

Record of Burials, Oakridge Cemetery, Marshall, MI

The Oakridge Cemetery property is 65 acres in size and composed of four developed sections. Oakridge Cemetery is one of the oldest and historic operating cemeteries in Michigan. This is a transcript of Book I, covering the years 1826 to 1961 and includes 10,684 burials. Internments are listed alphabetically, followed by a list arranged by their location. This should help in finding families buried near each other or for locating these graves if you have the opportunity to visit the Oakridge Cemetery.

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He Knew Lincoln and other Billy Brown Stories

He Knew Lincoln and other Billy Brown Stories by Ida M. Tarbell

Including her 1909 Lincoln lecture at the University of Michigan; He Knew Lincoln, Back in ‘58, Father Abraham, and In Lincoln’s Chair

Ida Minerva Tarbell (1857 – 1944) was an American teacher, author and journalist. She wrote many notable magazine series, and her 1904 book on the Standard Oil Company was listed as No. 5 of the top 100 works of 20th century American journalism. In 2000 she was induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. In 2002, the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp honoring Ida M. Tarbell as part of a series of stamps honoring women journalists.

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Theh Boys in White

The Boys in White

Julia Susan Wheelock went South to help care for a wounded brother. She remained and cared for other wounded soldiers for nearly three years. She served in the Michigan Soldiers Relief Association during the U.S. Civil War as a nurse from September, 1862 to July, 1865 at various hospitals in and around Washington, D.C. Julia was inducted into the Michigan’s Womens Hall of Fame in October, 2002.

This book was first published in 1870. Additional notes and research are included, as well as the “Report of the Executive Committee” of the Michigan Soldiers’ Relief Association for 1864 and 1865, detailing her accomplishments.

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Personal Reminiscences of Samuel Harris

Personal Reminiscences of Samuel Harris

Samuel Harris was a lieutenant in company A of the Fifth Michigan Cavalry, serving under General George A. Custer. He was wounded in action at Richmond, Virginia, taken prisoner, and later discharged on account of wounds received in action. Soon after the war he patented the "Harris Rotary Steam Engine." This book was originally published in 1897, and has been completely reprinted for this edition. An introduction is included along with supplemental material researched by the editor that contains background information about persons and events.

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The Ways of the World

The Ways of the World

This is the story of a Civil War soldier who suffered from mania, hallucinations, dementia and possibly posttrumatic stress disorder before there was a name for this illness.

Originally published in 1867, this is the account of Private David Kells, First Michigan Infantry, who participated in the following battles: Harrison's Landing; 2nd Bull Run; Shepherdstown; Fredericksburg; Chancellorsville in Virginia, Antietam, Maryland, and Gettysburg, Pennsyvania. He was charged with desertion on July 8, 1863, and held at Forrest Hall Prison at Georgetown, when the charges were dropped and he was removed to St. Elizabeth's Insane Asylum in Washington, D.C.

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Snyder and Hoover Family Reunion Records

Snyder and Hoover Family Reunion Records

This book contains the Snyder-Hoover family reunion records for the years 1915 through 1930, mostly occuring in mid-Michigan. Genealogies are included based on this information and supplemented with additional sources that validate the accuracy of these reunion records.
George Snyder, born 30 Jun 1823 in Dauphin county, PA, and died 31 Jul 1903, Wakeshma, MI. He married Elizabeth Hoover 15 Aug 1843 or 1844, in Harrisburg, PA. She was born 8 Apr 1824 in Dauphin county, PA, and died 30 Mar 1896 in Fulton, MI.

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