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Wayne County Michigan

Greenfield Township

History of Detroit and Michigan, Silas Farmer 1890 (Pg. 1292)

This township was created out of part of the Township of Springwells by law of May 31, 1832. The first meeting for the organizing of the township was held at the house of Theodore G. Holden on the first Monday in April, 1833. The significance of the name is easily seen in the green fields that the township includes.

The officers of the township have been as fol- lows:

1833. Supervisor, Nahum P. Thayer; Township Clerk, Carpenter Chaffee; Assessors, John Burbank, Rodman Stoddard, George W. Miller; Highway Commissioners. William C. Maples, James C. Blare, John Greenman; Collector, S. V. Bogert; Constables, Aaron Lyons, S. V. Bogert, John W. Loucks; School Commissioners, John L. Hyde, John Burbank, H. V. Bogert; Director of the Poor, J. Barrows; Treasurer of the Poor. Luther Scovel.

1834. Supervisor, John Burbank; Clerk, Carpenter Chaffee; Assessors, L. Scovel, J. Barrows, M. Grecnman; Highway Commissioners, J. Greenman. A. H. Otis, G. W. Miller; Collector, S. V. Bogert; Constables, S. V. Bogert. J. Mess more, G. A. T. Wheeler, G. Bliss, J. Barnum; School Inspectors, J. Barrows, J. L. Hyde, A. H. Otis, J. Burbank, I. Hitchcock.

1835. There are 110 records for 1835.

1836. Supervisor, Nahum P. Thayer; Clerk, John Strong; Justices of the Peace, for one year, Asa H. Otis, for two years, Martin Greenman, for three years, A. S. Schoolcraft, for four years, Jeremiah Chase; Assessors, J. H. Smith, G. Blass, H. Haggerty; Highway Commissioners, L. Harwood, D. Fuller, J. Vanderwerker; School Commissioners, J. Strong, J. Barager, J. Barrows; Collector, O. B. Otis: Poor Directors, J. E. Ellis, A. Woodruff; Constables, J. H. Smith, L. Fuller, D. Goodsell; Justices of the Peace, Luke Harwood, John Haskins ; School Inspectors, N. P. Thayer, L. Harwood, A. H. Otis, J. Strong.

1837. Supervisor, Nahum P. Thayer; Clerk. John Strong; Assessors and Highway Commissioners. J. Vanderwerker, M. L. Plumb, G. Hurd; Justice of the Peace, A. H. Otis ; Poor Directors, T. Doran. H. Haggerty; School Inspectors, G. Hurd, M. Doran, A. S. Schoolcraft; Constables, R. Wilson, S. Hill, S. Trumbull, O. A. Vanantwerp ; Collector and Constable, S. V. Bogert.

1838. Supervisor. Paul D. Anderson and Lowell Goodman each part of a year; Clerk, Elizur L. Goodman; Assessors and Highway Commissioners, J. Burbank J. Monnier, J. Messmore; Justice of the Peace, R. Stoddard; Collector, J. Bryant; School Inspectors, G. Hurd. A. S. Schoolcraft, R. Stoddard; Poor Directors, L. Scoville, J. Banagar; Constables, I. Bryant, G. Allen, J. Scoville, G. A. T. Wheeler, J. Messmore; Justice of the Peace, J. Burbank.

1839. Supervisor, Isaac W. Fulton; Clerk, Elizur L. Goodman; Treasurer, N. P. Thayer; Justice of the Peace, A. S. Schoolcraft; Assessors, G. Blass, W. C. Maples, J. Strong; Highway Commissioners, H. Haggerty, J. Chaffee. J. C. Langdon; Collector, J. Vanderwerker; Poor Directors, J. Ellis, D. Fuller ; School Inspectors, A. S. Schoolcraft, G. Hurd, E. T. Smith; Health Officer, J. Kennedy; Constables, J. Vanderwerker, J. Shover, C. Babcock, S. Trumbull.

1840. Supervisor, David Smart; Clerk, Fordice Blake; Treasurer. H. V. D. Bogert; Justices of the Peace, J. Burbank,N. Champ; Assessors. G. A. T. Wheeler, N. Champ, J. Bryant; School Inspectors, N. Champ, J. Burbank, N. Smith; Highway Commissioners, J. Baragar, J. Ellis, J. Messmore; Poor Directors, B. Lapham; J. Ellis; Health Officer, J. Blindbury; Collector, S. Bogert; Constables, S. Ames, J. Lock, G. A T. Wheeler, S. Bogert.

1841. Supervisor, William C. Maples; Clerk. John Blindbury; Treasurer, N. P. Thayer; Justices of the Peace, N. P. Thayer, A. S. Schoolcraft ; Assessors, W. C. Maples. J. Strong, I. W. Fulton; Highway Commissioners, V. M. Conrad, J. Edwards, J. Berriage; School Inspectors, W. W. Irwin, A. H. Otis, J. McFarlane; Collector, W. Kennedy; Poor Directors, J. Tireman, J. McFarlane ; Constables, W. W. Irwin, W. Kennedy, D. Vanderwerker, E. Granger.

1842. Supervisor, John Blindbury; Clerk, James McFarlane; Treasurer, Wm. Kennedy; Justice of the Peace, A H. Otis; Assessors, W. C. Maples, G. Hurd; Highway Commissioners, A. H. Otis, W. C. Maples, P. Elbrink; School Inspectors, J. McFarlane, W. Perkins, P. Elbrink; loor Directors, J. Tireman, P. Doran; Constables, S. Trum- bull, A. Otis, G. A. T. Wheeler, W. Fulton.

1843. Supervisor. John Blindbury; Clerk,James McFarlane; Treasurer, W. Kennedy; Justice of the Peace, A. S Schoolcraft; School Inspectors, Jas. Davison, W. Irwin; Highway Commissioners, M. Crahen, O. Daniels. J. Messmore ; Poor Directors, N Champ, J. Edwards; Constables, W. Perkins, Jr., G. A. T. Wheeler, H. Trumbull, J. Smith.

1844. Supervisor, John Blindbury; Clerk, James McFarlane; Treasurer, S. Trumbull; Justice of the Peace, J. Burbank; Assessors, W. Kennedy, J. Tireman; Highway Commissioners, M. Crahen, O. Daniels, J. Blindbury; School Inspector, J. Vanderwerker; Poor Directors, J. Edwards,} Tireinan; Constables, W. Perkins, J. Vanderwerker, J. O'Neil, H. Trumbull.

1845. Supervisor, John Blindbury; Clerk, James McFarlane; Treasurer, W. Perkins; J ustices of the Peace, J. McFarlane, J. C. Williams; Highway Commissioners, J. Blindbury, W. Fulton, E. Chase; School Inspector, J. Strong; Assessors, G. H. Shead, J. Smith; Constables, W. Perkins, J. O’Neil, W. W. Irwin, E. Chase.

1846. Supervisor. John C. Williams; Clerk, John Blindbury; Treasurer, W. Perkins. Jr.; Justices of the Peace, S. Trumbull, E. Chase, N. P. Thayer; Assessors, E. Chase. W. C. Maples. Jr.; Highway Commissioners, M. Crahen, E. Lumore, L. Fuller; Poor Directors, J. Edwards, P. Doran; School Inspector, J. S. Tuxbury; Constables, J. S. Tuxbury, W. Perkins. Jr., A. O. Haggerty. W. Wright.

1847. Supervisor. Asa H. Otis; Clerk, Martin Crahen; Treasurer, W. Kennedy; Justices of the Peace, W. C. Maples, J. Smith; Highway Commissioners, P. Bahen, J. Berrage, A. H. Otis; School Inspector, C. Ward; Poor Directors, T. Doran, T. McNamara; Constables. W. Kennedy, J. Doran, W. Wright, J. Maples.

1848. Supervisor, Asa H. Otis ; Clerk, Martin Crahen; Collector and Treasurer, C. Ward; Justices of the Peace, J. Blindbury, O Daniels; Highway Commissioners, A. H. Otis, one year, J. Smith, two years, P. Bahen, three years; School Inspector. J. McFarlane; Poor Directors, J.Tireman, P. Doran; Constables, L. Lathrop, A. Otis, C. Kennedy, B. Thayer.

1849. Supervisor, Asa H. Otis; Clerk, James McFarlane; Treasurer, C. Ward; Justices of the Pcace. G. A. T. Wheeler, G. H. Shaw; Highway Commissioner, A. H. Otis; School Inspectors, C. Ward. T. McNamara ; Poor Directors, J. Tireman, P. Doran ; Constables, J. Maples, H. Lathrop, J. St. Clair, J. Strong.

1850. Supervisor, Asa H. Otis; Clerk, James McFarlane; Treasurer, C. Ward; Justice of the Peace, N. Philbrick; Highway Commissioner, J. Strong; School Inspector, T. McNamara; Poor Directors, J. Tireman, P. Doran; Constables. J. Strong, J. Walker, J. Kennedy. L. Lathrop.

1851. Supervisor, Asa H. Otis; Clerk, James McFarlane: Treasurer, A. Otis; Justice of the Peace, J. C. Williams; Highway Commissioner, C. Ward; School Inspector. N. Tuxbury; Poor Directors, J. Tireman J. Monier; Constables, J. Strong, L. Lathrop. A* Otis S. P. Dicks.

1852. Supervisor, James McFarlane; Clerk, Charles W. Williams; Treasurer and Collector, S. P. Dicks; Justice of the Peace. D. Daniels; Highway Commissioner. C. Wilson; School Inspector, C. Ward; Poor Directors, O. Daniels. A. Otis; Constables, D. Van Derwerker, J. P. Simpson. C. Wilson, H. Partridge.

1853- Supervisor, James McFarlane; Clerk, Charles W. Williams; Treasurer and Collector, John Strong. Jr.; Justices of the Pcace. G. A. T. Wheeler. S. Trumbull. W. Henderson; Highway Commissioner, S. Trumbull; School Inspector. N. Tuxbury; Poor Directors. P. Doran C. Kennedy; Constables J. Ward. H. Partridge. J. Strong, Jr.; G. Woodworth.

1854. Supervisor, Charles W. Williams; Clerk, Salem T. Phillips; Treasurer, John Strong. Jr.; Justices of the Peace. J. McFarlane N. Tuxbury; Highway Commissioner, J. Ayers; School Inspector. C. W. Williams; Poor Directors. C. Kennedy, P. Doran; Constables J. Ward. A. Frank J. Strong, Jr.. J. Walker.

1855. Supervisor. Asa H. Otis; Clerk Henry M. Payne; Treasurer. John Strong. Jr ; Justice of the Peace. W. Henderson; Highway Commissioner, J. Strong, Sr.; School Inspector. J. Strong. Sr.; Poor Directors, C. Kennedy J. Burridge. J. Strong, Jr., G. H.Tuxbury; Constables, J. Ward T. Langley, J. Strong. Jr.. A. Frank.

1856. Supervisor. John Strong; Clerk James Davidson ; Treasurer. J. Strong Jr.; Justice of the Peace. S.Trumbull; School Inspector, J. McFarlane; Highway Commissioner, G. A. T. Wheeler; Poor Directors, T. Hall C. Minnaugh; Constables, J. Strong, Jr., A. French, H. Carmer, T. Hall.

1857. Supervisor. John Strong. Sr.; Clerk, James Davidson. Jr.; Treasurer. H. S. Tyler; Justice of the Peace, G. A. T. Wheeler; School Inspector, J. Strong. Sr.; Highway Commissioner, A. Frank; Poor Directors, O. Otis, J. Tireman; Constables, J. Goodsell, B. Thayer, J. Powers, W. L. Taylor.

1858. Supervisor, James McFarlane; Clerk, Myron Coon; Treasurer, John Whiting; Justice of the Peace. J. Bryant; Highway Commissioner. M. Coon; School Inspector, J. McFarlanc; Poor Directors, A. Otis, J. Alder; Constables, J. Ward, J. McDonald, J. Thayer, W. L. Taylor.

1859. Supervisor, James McFarlane; Clerk, John Strong, Jr.; Treasurer. J. Whiting; Justice of the Peace, E. Villerot; Highway C ommissioners, J. C. Williams, B. Thayer; School Inspector, F. Bouteiller; Poor Directors, J. Drouillard, F.Stephens; Constables. J. J. Thayer, F. Stephens, L. Maples, E. Roy.

1860. Supervisor, James McFarlane; Clerk, John Strong, Jr.; Treasurer A. Otis; Justices of the Peace, J. F. Stephens, W. Henderson; School Inspector, J. Strong. Sr.; Highway Commissioners B. Thayer, W. Barber; Poor Directors, D. Miller, P. Doran; Constables. W. Reynolds. F. Bouteiller, J. J. Thayer, L. Maples.

1861. Supervisor, James McFarlane; Clerk, John Strong, Jr.; Treasurer and Collector, A. Otis ; Justice of the Peace. G. A. T. Wheeler; Highway Commissioner, M. Coon ; School Inspector, F. Hulbert; Poor Directors, J. Tireman. D. Miller; Constables. W. Henderson, J. J. Thayer, S. T. Phillips, F. Ryter.

1862. Supervisor, James McFarlane; Clerk, John Strong, Jr.; Treasurer, P. Turnes; Justice of the Peace. F. Hulbert; Highway Commissioner, W. Barber; School Inspector, F. P. Bouteiller; Poor Directors, C. Mennaugh, D. Miller; Constables, W. Reynolds, P. Esper, S. T. Phillips. W. Henderson. 1863. Supervisor, James McFarlane; Clerk,

Salem T. Phillips; Treasurer, P. Ternes; Justice of the Peace, W. Henderson; School Inspectors, D. W. Fiske, F. Hulbert; Highway Commissioner, B. Thayer; Poor Directors, C. Mennaugh. J. J. Thayer; Constables, J. J. Thayer. B. Otis, M. Doran, W. M. Hall.

1864. Supervisor, Peter Ternes; Clerk, John F. Stephens; Treasurer, J. C. McDonald; Justice of the Peace, R.R. Worden; Highway Commissioner, W. Barber; School Inspector R. R. Worden; Poor Directors, A. Otis, D. W. Fiske; Constables, V. Doran, C. Stager. W. Henderson, Jr., J.J. Thayer.

1865. Supervisor. Peter Terness; Clerk, George F. Pillard; Treasurer, J. C. McDonald; Justices of the Peace, J. F. Stephens. P. Monnier; Highway Commissioner, D. W. Fiske; School Inspector, W. Brown; Poor Directors A. Otis. S. Trumbull; Constables. G. F. Higgins, S. Trumbull, A. Frank. S. T. Phillips.

1866. Supervisor, Peter Turnes: Clerk. George F. Pillard; Treasurer, J. J. Thayer; Justice of the Peace, W. Congdon; Highway Commissioner, A. Otis; Schdol Inspector, D. W. Fiske; Poor Directors, A. Otis. C. Mennaugh; Constables, V. Doran. G. F. Higgins, W. Barber, C. H. Marston.

1867. Supervisor, Peter Ternes; Clerk, Amos Otis; Treasurer and Collector, J.J. Thayer; Justice of the Peace, G. A. T. Wheeler; Highway Commissioner, W. Barber; School Inspector, W. Brown; Poor Directors, J. Tireman, C. Minnaugh; Constables, G. F. Higgins. V. Doran, A. G. Wheeler, J. Stonehouse.

1868. Supervisor, Peter Ternes; Clerk, David R. Price; Treasurer, A. Frank; Justice of the Peace, A. F. Mead; Highway Commissioner, E. Villcrot; School Inspector, W. Henderson. Jr.; Poor Directors, J. Tireman, P. Whalen; Constables, J. Bahan, J. Doran, T. McGee. Jr., V. Doran.

1869. Supervisor George F. Pillard; Clerk, David R. Price; Treasurer, A. Frank; Justices of the Peace, I. Daniels, J. F. Stephens; Highway Commissioner, A. Gautherat; School Inspector, W. Brown; Poor Directors P. Whalen, C. Minnaugh; Constables. J. Stonehouse, J. Doran, A. Wheeler, P. Whalen.

1870. Supervisor, George F. Pillard; Clerk, David R. Price; Treasurer, S. Ford; Justice of the Peace, W. Condon; Poor Directors, C. Minnaugh, J. Walker; Highway Commissioner, G. F. Higgins; School Inspector, P. C. Monnier; Constables, H, A. Snyder, W. Knapp, J. E. Albro, D. O'Callaghan.

1871. Supervisor, Antoine Ternes; Clerk. Henry lanco; Treasurers. Ford; Justice of the Peace, W. Henderson; Highway Commissioner, P. Whalen; School Inspector, G. A. T. Wheeler; Poor Directors, C. Minnaugh, G. A. T. Wheeler; Constables, D. O'Callaghan, A. G. Wheeler, J. Petri, P. Caper; Drain Commissioner, A. Otis.

1872. Supervisor, George F. Pillard; Clerk, Henry lanco; Treasurer, J. F. Stephens; Justices of the Peace, J. C. Williams. A. C. Laraway; School Inspector, G. F. Higgins; Highway Commissioner, V. Doran; Poor Directors, C. Minnaugh, M. Theison; Drain Commissioner. M. Esper; Constables, D. Hughes, Jr., W. Ford, D. O’Callaghan, H. A. Snyder.

1873. Supervisor. George F. Pillard; Clerk. Adolphe Gaucher at; Treasurer, J. F. Stephens; Justices of the Peace. G. Rathburn. L. Waffle; Highway Commissioner. G. F. Higgins; School Inspector. J. Sprague; Drain Commissioner, G. L. Cary; Constables, A. Capler, J. Knowlton, W. Palmer, A. G. Tyler.

1874. Supervisor, George F. Pillard; Clerk, Adolphe Gaucher; Treasurer,G. L. Cary; Justice of the Peace, E. W. Cottrell; Highway Commissioner, P. Whalen; School Inspector. G. F. Higgins; Drain Commissioner, J. F. Turner; Constables, P. Haskell, P. A. Lemaire. J. Dicks, A. Trombly.

1875. Supervisor, George F. Pillard; Clerk. William Ruthruff; Treasurer. G. L. Cary; Justice of the Peace, W. Henderson; Highway Commissioner, G. F. Higgins; Drain Commissioner, P. Whalen; School Inspector, W. Henderson; Superintendent of Schools. J. C. Williams; Constables, P. B. Haskell. G. H. Brown D. O'Callaghan.

1876. Supervisor, George F. Pillard; Clerk, William Knapp; Treasurer, J. F. Turner; Justice of the Peace, J. B. Price; Highway Commissioner, G. F. Higgins; Drain Commissioner, P. Whalen; Superintendent of Schools, E. W. Cottrell; School Inspector, J. Sprague; Constables, J. Black, W. Hill, W. Ford. O. M. Dicks.

1877. Supervisor, George F. Pillard, Eber W. Cottrell, each part of a year; Clerk. Wm. Knapp; Treasurer, G. F. Turner; Justice of the Peace, P. C. Monnier; Highway Commissioner, H. Lanco; Drain Commissioner, G. L. Cary; Superintendent of Schools, Eber W. Cottrell; School Inspector, J. Sprague; Constables, O. Dicks, P. Winn. W. Ford, S. W. Snyder.

1878. Supervisor, Walter Henderson; Clerk, George F. Higgins; Treasurer, A. R. Coon; Highway Commissioner, H. Lanco; Drain Commissioner, W. Ruthruff: Superintendent of Schools, E. W. Cottrell; School Inspector, T. Langley; Constables, O. M. Dicks, P. Winn, S. W. Snyder, W. Balow.

1879. Supervisor, William A. McFarlane; Clerk, George F. Pillard; Treasurer, J. Sprague; Justices of the Peace, L. Wolk, W. R. Redford; Highway Commissioner, H. Lanco; Superintendent of Schools, G. L. Pierce ; School Inspector, T. Langley ; Constables, O. M. Dicks, P. Winn, W. Ford, W. Balow.

1880. Supervisor. William A. McFarlane; Clerk, George F. Pillard; Treasurer, J. Sprague; Justice of the Peace, G. T. Ford ; Highway Commissioner, J, F. Turner; Superintendent of Schools, J. O'Shaunessy; School Inspector, T. Langley ; Drain Commissioner, L. Reed; Constables, O. M. Dicks, W. Balow, P. Winn, H. Plugge.

1881. Supervisor, Walter Henderson; Clerk, Asa H. Otis; Treasurer, J. Bossardet; Justice of the Peace, J. B. Price; Highway Commissioner, J. F. Turner; Superintendent of Schools, G. F. Pillard School Inspector, F. T. Hall; Drain Commissioner, B. Otis; Constables, H. Plugge, O. M. Dicks, H. Balow. P. Winn.

1882. Supervisor, William A. McFarlane; Clerk, Asa H. Otis; Treasurer, J. Bossardet; Justice of the Peace, O. M. Dicks; Highway Commissioner, F. T. Hall; School Inspectors, G. F. Pillard, J. J. Browne; Drain Commissioner, B. Otis; Constables, H. Balow, P. Winn, B. Myers, H. Plugge.

1883. Supervisor William A. McFarlane; Clerk, Asa H. Otis; Treasurer, C. Lercher; Justices of the Peace, W. Henderson. T. J. Wells; Highway Commissioner, F. T. Hall; School Inspector, T. Langly; Constables, P. Winn, H. Balow, B. Mayer, H. Plugge.

1884. Supervisor, Walter Henderson; Clerk, Timothy Kelley; Treasurer, C. Lercher; Justice of the Peace, G. T. Ford; Highway Commissioner, P. Winn ; School Inspector. W. Kennedy; Drain Commissioner, B. Otis; Constables, B. Meyer, H. Balow, F. Prochaskt, P. Winn.

1885. Supervisor, Walter Henderson; Clerk. Timothy Kelley; Treasurer, C. Schultz ; Justice of the Peace. P. Whalen; Highway Commissioner, P. Winn; School Inspector, J. J. Browne; Constables, B. Meyer, F. Ayres, A. Beahmer, W. Ford.

1886. Supervisor, William McFarlane; Clerk, David Wallace, Jr.; Treasurer, C. Schultz; Justice of the Peace, M. Doran; Highway Commissioner, T. Kelley; School Inspector, A. H. Otis; Drain Commissioner. H. Ayres; Constables. W. Ford, E. Chevillot, P. Winn, J. Addison.

1887. Supervisor. William A. McFarlane; Clerk, David Wallace, Jr.; Treasurer, A. Beahmer; Justice of the Peace, O. M. Dicks; Highway Commissioner, T. Kelley; School Inspector, H. Tams; Constables, B. Meyer, P. Winn, J. Knowlton, J. C. Addison.

1887. Supervisor. William A. McFarlane; Clerk, David Wallace, Jr.; Treasurer, A. Beahmer; Justice of the Peace, O. M. Dicks; Highway Commissioner, T. Kelley; School Inspector, H. Tams; Constables, B. Meyer, P. Winn, J. Knowlton, J. C. Addison.

1888. Supervisor Timothy Kelley; Clerk, Wm. Walsh; Treasurer, A. Beahmer; Justice of the Peace, G. T. Ford; Highway Commissioner, P. Winn; School Inspector, A. H. Otis; Drain Commissioner. C. Schultz; Constables, P. Frazer, E. Chevillot, B. Meyer, J. Addison.

1889. Supervisor, Timothy Kelley; Clerk, Wm. Walsh; Treasurer, Charles Norton; Justice of the Peace, H. Lanco; Highway Commissioner, D. Wallace, Jr.; School Inspector, M. Doran; Constables, E. Chevillot, A. Beahmer, P. Frazer, C. Mauch.

1890. Supervisor, Timothy Kelley; Clerk, Wm. Walsh; Treasurer, Wm. Hendry; Justice of the Peace, M. Doran ; Highway Commissioner, P. Winn; Drain Commissioner, C. Schultz; School Inspector, Wm. Ruthruff; Board of Review, M. Doran, Myron Coon; Constables, P. Cavanaugh, C. Mauch, A. Beahmer, F. Brandenburg.

This township includes more than half of the so- called 10,000 acre tract, and is crossed by two of the oldest roads in the State, namely, the Pontiac and Grand River roads.

The population of the township in 1840 was 738; in 1850, 1,674; in 1860, 2,135; in 1870, 2,406; and in 1880, 2,216.

The valuation of real and personal property in several decades was as follows: 1840. $220,421; 1850, $88,632; 1860, $514,539; 1870, $671,356; and in 1880, $1,816,250.

The most notable features in the township are the very extensive seed farms of D. M. Ferry & Co., and the extensive agricultural and stock farm and unique and beautiful log house of ex-Senator T. W. Palmer. The house is delightfully located, and is furnished and fitted up with all kinds of antique and old-time furniture, and is in itself an epitome of the best days of old New England.

There is an artificial lake in front of the house, with facilities for boating, and in five minutes of time the visitor can walk or drive into shade and solitude so dense that it would be easy to imagine ones self an inhabitant of New Forest in the days of William Rufus. The tired and restless in the cool and quiet of these umbrageous woods, can find new energy and life, and may live the longer to bless the thoughtfulness that withheld the woodsman’s axe and the civilizing plow from this delightful place. The annual school report of the township for the year ending September 3. 1888, showed one brick and seven frame school-houses, costing $9,800, and seating 516 pupils, with an enrollment of 690 and an average daily attendance of 381. Five male and six female teachers were employed.

Grace M. E. Church

Is located on the Plymouth plank road, about six miles from Detroit. Services were held in this vicinity as early as 1833, and a Methodist class formed and a society gathered, but it was attached now to one circuit and now to another, and occasionally connected with some mission church in Detroit, and the organization was usually weak, through the inability of those in charge to do the work full justice. The best and most satisfactory work dates from the year 1878, since which time Rev. D. B. Tracy has had charge; he has served the work while holding a certificate of location from the conference. The church building was dedicated on August 3 1862, and seated 200. An addition since erected now gives a seating capacity of 300. The building has cost about $2,000.

RAVENSWOOD.

This village, laid out in 1887 by A. E. Peppers, is located on the Grand River road, about five miles from the City Hall, in an excellent agricultural region, and is the nucleus of quite a thriving settlement. Being within easy reach of Detroit, and in an excellest neighborhood, the lots are certain to increase in value.

HIGHLAND PARK.

The plat of the village, located on the Pontiac road, an extension of Woodward Avenue, was recorded on November 11. 1886. It was incorporated by Act of 1889. The first election of officers was held May 6. 1889, and the following were elected : President, John B. Price ; Clerk, Franklin G. L. Connell; Trustees for two years. Albert Fisher, Bernhard Jacob. Ernest Petry, Jr.; Trustees for one year, Flavius L. Brooke, John J. Mansfield, Clarence H. Leonard; Treasurer. Chas. O. Pannelee; Assessor, Ernest Petry, Sr.; Highway Commissioner. Delos W. Harmon; Constable. Jacob Breitmeyer; Marshall, J. N. M. Gerey.

The officers in 1890 are: President, Alex. Stewart; Clerk, A. L. Bour; Treasurer, C. O. Parmelee; Street Commissioner, D. W. Harmon; Assessor. C. D. Stevens: Constable, B. Kunze; Trustees. E. E. Mooney, C. H. Leonard, F. Holznagle.

BIOGRAPHICAL

JAMES McFARLANE, late of Greenfield, was born at Barhead, Scotland, on May 28, 1810, and was the son of Alexander and Christina (Anderson) McFarlane. He received his education at a select school in Barhead, and at the age of twelve went to work at calico stamping In 1827, he emigrated to Paterson. New Jersey, and found employment at the Hudson print works. In 1837, he turned his steps westward, and settled near Peoria. Illinois, where he bought some land and engaged in farming. Two years later he sold his farm and moved to Michigan, settling in Greenfield, Wayne County.
He was a staunch Democrat, and did much work in the exciting political campaigns of his day. He took an active part in the public affairs of his township, and at various times in his life held the offices, of Supervisor, Town Clerk, Justice of the Peace, and Representative to the State Legislature. He also helped to organize the Mutual Insurance Company. of Wayne and Monroe Counties, and was elected its first president.
He was brought up a Presbyterian, but was not a professing member of that church. In 1827, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Walsh, by whom he had six children, namely. John, Alexander, Margaret A., now Mrs. J. C. McDonald, Mary C . now Mrs. C. M. McDonald, Christina E , now Mrs. Theodore Tolchard and William A., who is the present representative of the family in the county, and one of the leading farmers in the state.
The elder Mr. McFarlane was a man of great energy and strength of purpose Coming to this state when it was but slightly developed, he literally cut his farm and fortune out of the wilderness. He was universally esteemed and bore an unblemished character, possessing a good constitution and vigorous habits he personally managed his farm up to a few years before his death, which occurred on March 30, 1880.