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service, 3-1 mo.

Samuel P. Garrison; rank. Private K; command, 9 Mich. Inft.

Cline Gregg; rank. Private H; command, 134 Ind. Inft.; service,
31/2 mo.

Geo. Harrington ; rank. Private U. S. Navy ; 18 mos.

Will. C. Hunt: rank, (iiiiasd); command, "24 ]\Iieh. Inft!; service,

3 mo.

C. E. Hillis: rank. Private Co. E. ; command, 67 Ohio Inft.; service,
19 mo.

Abram Ilasbrouck ; rank. Private I ; command, 20 Mich. Inft.

William Kidney ; rank. Private 'SI -. command, 2 Mich. Cav. ; service,
47 mo.

Joseph P. King: rank, Co. D; coiiiinand, 4() ]\Iass. Inft.; service, 9 mo.

Chester Kidney ; rank, Private Co. II ; command, 1 ^lich. Cav. ;
service, 2 yrs., 1 mo.

Charles J. Lane ; rank, Hospital Steward and Surgeon U. S. A. ;
service, 53 mo.

Martin Link; rank. Private K; coiuiiiand, 1 ;\Iich. Light Arty;
service, 18 mo.

Chas. Langridge.

S. Lyndon.

E. ]Marble: rank, Capt. Co. V- coiiimaiui. !) ]\Iieh. Inft.; service,
37 mo.

Marcus Morton ; rank. Private C ; command, 28 ]Mich. Inft. ; service,

4 yrs.

H. H. Miller; rank. Private C; command, 3 Mich. Cav. 2 and Lieut.
Artillery 4 V. S. H 'y- ; service, 41/2 yrs.

Samuel Marsh; rank, Corp. C; command, 107 Ohio Inft.; service,
391/2 mo.

Joseph MufiHv ; rank. Private L; command. 7 ^lich. Cav.; service,
10 rao.

Perry ilayo ; rank, Corp. C ; command, 2 Mich, Inft. ; service, 38 mo.

Wm. MePadden; rank. Private Co. I; command, 20 Mich. Inft.;
service, 36 mo.

John Marsh; rank. Sergt. Co. M; command, 2 ^Mich. Cav.; service,
44 mo.

Herman E. Newton; rank. Private P; command, 9 .Mich. Inft.;
service, 7 mo.

Warren Newton ; rank. Private G ; command, 9 Mich. Inft. ; service,
19 mo.



HISTORY OF CALHOUN COUNTY lW

Charles J. Prior; rank. Private E: .■oiiuiiaml. B .Midi. Heavy Arty.;
service, 17 iiio.

Jas. Paxton; rank. Private K; .■oniniaml, 1.") .Mieli. Inlt.; service,
51/1 mo.

"Arthur J. Pliillips: rank. Corp. K ; couiniand, 17 Mich Inlt. ; service,
3 vrs.
■ John R. Roe; rank. Private Co. H ; couunaiul 2d U. S. S. b. ; service,

Rudolph Rohr; rank. Private Co. C; eoiiimand, 1st N. Y. .Alounted
Int't. ; service, 4 mo.

Stephen Riley; rank. Private Co. D; 28 :Mieh. luft. ; service, 2ii mo.

Charles Robinson; rank. 2d Lieut. Co. K; command, 4 Mich. Int't.;
service, 15 mo.

Daniel Shellenberger ; rank. Private A; command, 8 .\lich. ( av. ;
service, 4 mo.

Geo. G. Smith: rank. Private F; command, 20 Mich. Inft. ; service,
3 yrs. 11 mo.

" Samuel B. Shotwell ; rank. Private Co. G ; command, 78 N. Y. ruft. ;
service, 38 mo.

Richard Town ; rank. Private I) ; command, 12 .Mich. Inft. ;' service,
11 mo. . ,

Stephen W. Thompson; rank, Corp. P; command, o .Mich. ( av.;
service, 34 mo.

Bornt Van Zant : rank. Private F; command, !) Mich. Inft.; service,
6 mo.

John H. Van Arman ; rank. Private II; command 9 .Mich. Inft.;
service, 6 mo.

Henry Walkinshaw ; rank. Private I; command. 20 Mich, liitt. ;
service, 32 mo.

David AYalkin.shaw : rank. Private M; command, 2 -Mo. Cav. ; .service,
10 mo.

Geo. Fred Waltz; rank. Private .V; command 8 .Mich. Cav.: service,
6 mo.

Myron M. Wright: rank. Private A: command, 8 .Alich. Cav.; serv-
ice. 9 mo.

^Vm. .\. Waltz: rank, saddler :M ; command. 2 Mich. Cav.: service,
3 vrs., 10 mo.

' John :\I. Wahl; rank. Private K : command, 20 .Mich. Inft.: .service,
8 mo.

John C. Waltz; rank. Corp. L; counnand. 8 .Mich. Cav.; service,
6 mo.

Edson Treadwell: rank, Corp. 1: command, 20 Mich. Inft.: service,
3 yrs. 91/0 mo.

DuLCENiA Home

By W. J. Diblle.

On the twenty-fifth day of May, 1820, at the home of Robert and
Elizabeth Ennis Church, in Rushville township, Monroe county. New
York, was born Dulcenia Church.



288 HISTORY OF CALIIOUX COUNTY

In 1836 she removed with her father's family to ]\Iarengo, Calhoun
county, Michigan, and assisted in establishing a new home in the then
wilderness, on the farm now owned by Edwin S. Lewis. Tn 1840 Miss
Church was united in marriage with Hiram Daily, also of Marengo.
Three years afterwards Mr. Daily died, leaving the young widow with
a baby boy. Then eommeneed a hard struggle to wrest from the world
a living for herself and .son, to properly educate the son and to make
provision for the future.

• The son was educateil in tlic Albion public schools and tlic Albion
Seminary, now college.

Before he had graduated from the seminary the Civil war lii-okc out
and, answering his country's call, he enlisted in the Third JMicliigan
Volunteer Infantry, dying of disease at City Point, Va.. InUowiiig the




DuLCENiA Home



peninsular campaign, one of the early martyrs in that fearful struggle
that ended in the preservation of the Union and the freedom of the
slave.

Now a widow and childless Mrs. Daily secured a position in one of
the Government departments in "Washington.

There she worked for fourteen years.

During the war she assisted in relieving the sufferings of the freed
men, who flocked to Washington in large numbers, and in finding them
homes in the North.

During these fourteen years of unflagging industry and most pinching
economy she accumulated a modest competency.

The later years of her life she traveled widely in America and Europe
seeing much of the social conditions in the different countries. She
died at the home of her sister in Grand Rapids, September 15th, 1894.

Such a life, full of single-handed struggle and achievement, had



HISTORY OF CALIIOrX t'OrXTY 289

shown Mrs. Daily the hard side of woman's life and the dark picture of
advancing years for those of her sisters who had not been as successful
as she in wrenching a competency from a reluctant world. In 1883, Mrs.
Daily made her will in which she provided for the establishing of a home
for aged women and liy codicil, from time to time, she elaborated the
idea until in 18!)-4 the last codicil was added.

The finished will then provided that the bulk of her estate be held
in trust by two trustees until such time as the citizens of Marshall should
organize a corporation to be known as "The Dulcenia Home for Aged and
Indigent Females,"" for the purpose of building and maintining a home
for aged and indigent women, residents of Michigan and over sixty years
of age.

The home was to be built in Marengo township, adjacent to the terri-
torial road, betw-een the west town line and the corners near the late
residence of Thomas Chisholm.

If the people of Marshall failed to perfect an organization capable
of carrying out the conditions of the will of Mrs. Daily mthin five years
after the probating of the will, then the trustees were to pay the money
to the Home for Aged Women of Providence, Rhode Island.

When steps were taken by the citizens of Marshall to form the pro-
posed organization, it was found that there was no law under which
a corporation could be organized able to carry into effect the provisions
of the will. It was therefore necessary first to prepare and introduce
into the legislature a bill covering the case. The bill was entitled, "An
Act authorizing the incorporation of homes for aged, infirm or indigent
men and women." It was passed by the legislature and approved by
the governor ^March 23, 1897, and is still in force. Under this act the
"Dulcenia Home for Aged and Indigent Females" was incorporated
July 18, 1898.

The first trustees were Marvin Ferguson, George A. Bullard, M. S.
'Keefe, H. L. Day, A. 0. Hyde, F. A. Stuart, W. T. Phelps, L. F. Page
and George H. Southworth.

May 15th, 1895, S. V. R. Lepper, executor of the will of Mrs. Daily,
turned over to W. J. Dibble and S. V. R. Lepper, the tiiistees mentioned
in the will, the residue of ]\Irs. Daily's estate amounting in cash and
mortgages to $26,791.87.

After the home association was organized a friendly suit was started
in the Circuit court by it against the trustees under the will to determine
the competenc.y of the association to receive the money and properly carry
out the wishes of Mrs. Daily. This suit was not contested by the heirs
of Mrs. Daily or the Providence Home for Aged Women who were made
parties to the suit. In accordance with the decree of the Circuit court
the trustees, February 27, 1899, turned over to the treasurer of the home
the entire fund amounting to !}!31, 677.06. Before the home could be in-
corporated it was necessary under the law to secure a cash subscription
of at least twenty-five hunclred dollars. At the time of the incorporation
this subscription .amounted to $3,220.00 and subsequent subscriptions
were made so that by January 28, 1901, the home had received from such
gifts $8,872.60. The eight acres of land upon which the home is located,
was donated by the owners and the value of the land is included in the



290 HISTORY OP CALHOUN COUNTY

above amount. Subsequent to the gift of the present site of the home the
sisters of Mrs. Daily generously offered to give the home the Church
homestead of 160 acres, in Marengo, provided the home was built and
maintained thereon.

The house was built in the years 1899, 1900 and 1901 and was ready
for occupancy in September of 1901.

The trustees were fortunate in securing the valued services of Miss
Sarah D. Parsons for the first matron and to her wise initiative is due
much of the subsequent success of the home. Mrs. Isabella Parker Hart
was the first guest.

Since the opening thirty-two have been received into the home, ten



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^Irs. Dulcenia Daily

of whom have died and five withdrawn, leavnig seventeen now in the
home.

The average age of the ten who have died was 851';. years, and of the
seventeen now in the home 7514 years.

The association has received several liandsome beciuests. Mrs. Emma
Fallace of Coldwater willed her estate, some three thousand dollars, to
the home, but owing to a legal contest made by the grand-daughters the
matter was compromised and the home received $750.00. Miss Mary C.
Norris of Albion bequeathed to the home her estate on condition that the
home pay an annuity to her sister as long as the sister lived. Under
the generous will of Miss Norris the home received the Norris farm of
one hundred and sixty acres of fine land in Tekonsha and thirty-three
hundred dollars in cash.

]Miss Susan Jones of Chicago, handsomely remembered the home v/ith
a legacy of $5,000.00, but owing to a contest of the will this matter is
still in the courts.



HISTORY OF CALlIOrX COrXTY liUl

Mrs. Isiuu- II. Wliitiiioiv iv(|iu'sti'(l that two huiuli-c.l dolhii's be jiaid
to the hoiiH' from her estate and the gift was received

lu Jlay. 1903, occurred a very bad cyclone that completely demol-
ished the barn, removed about half of the roof from the house and
inflieted other damage, costing the home over two thousand dollars to
repair the loss. Fortunately no one was injured.

From the last annual report of the treasurer of the association we
find that the home now has property valued at !fi58,788.38, invested as
follows :

Buildings and grounds !);17,768.3o

Furniture and fixtures 2,000.00

Mary C. Norris farm 7,000.00

Stock on Norris farm 400.00

Mortgages 31,171.53

Notes 158.56

Cash 289.9-t

.$58,788.38

The clergy and doctors of Marshall have been generous in kindly
services for the home and many other friends have made presents that
have been highly appreciated, all the more perhaps because they came
unsolicited.

Such has been the good fortune of the home that the trustees have
never had to appeal to the public to "make up deficiencies" or "raise the
debt."

It has been the policy of the trustees to live within their means and
to add to the institution as fast, and no faster, than they have the funds
to pay the way. From the beginning it has been the aim of the trustees
and matrons to make the home not an iii.^titutio)i but a home in every
sense of the word.

The house is built cruciform with wide airy halls crossing each other,
each room opening off the hall and also to the outside air and sunshine.
Each guest has a pleasant room and each declares that her room is the
best. Only in one instance has there been any desire to change rooms.

The guests are free to go and come as they wish, the only restriction
being that they must leave the key to their room with the matron and
tell her where they are going and when they will return. The home is
strictly non-sectarian but is not non-religious. A short service of prayer
and praise is hekl every morning to which all are invited but none arc
compelled to come. The various ministers of Marshall have kindly held
fre(iuent services Sunday afternoons at the home assisted many times
by the musical people and children of their congregations. These kindly
attentions are greatly appreciated. JIany of the home family have been
active members of the W. (". T. U. or Women's Relief Corps, and these
organizations in Marshall and Albion occasionally have meetings at the
home, after the order of basket picnics that are pleasant and profitable for
all. These gatherings are apin'oved of and encouraged by the manage-
ment.

The home has a very jjlcasant leading room, the large table being
loaded with the latest jiapcrs and magazines and the shelves with yood



292 HLSTORY OF CALHOUN COUNTY

books. These A\dth books from the Ladies" Library afford plenty of read-
ing for all. Many evenings the entire household will gather in the
library and enjoy together some good book which one of the number will
read aloud.

Thus the family idea is encouraged to grow and peace and happiness
increase with it. Thanksgiving and Christmas are observed, as they
should be in all good families, when feasting and mirth go hand in hand.

In summer the spacious verandas afford pleasant resting places for
the enjoyment of the pure air and the beautiful scenery up and down
the valley. Many of the ladies enjoy having flowers of their own, so
those who wisli can have their little plot for favorite flowers. These,
with the growth of shrubs and trees, are fast turning this once bare hill-
top into Dulcenia Home the Beautiful.

As fast as the management is able it pui-poses to enlai-ge the usefulness
of the home. There is room on the property for many more buildings.

Would it not be a beautiful act if some pei-son, following the example
of Mrs. Daily, would leave a fund for a home for aged couples ? Such a
home would be a lasting moniiment to the donor and would bring hap-
piness and peace to many a stranded brother and his faithful wife.

Dulcenia Daily's life struggle is past. Her ashes lie in peace under a
costly marble on the hill in Oakridge, but her noblest monument is on
■ that other hilltop where stands Dulcenia Home, for there happy hearts
raise to" God glad hymns of praise for the noble work that she has
wrought.



CHAPTER XVUI

CHURCHES OF MARSHALL

Trinity Episcopal Ciiurch (by Louis S. Joy, M. D.) — First Presby-
terian CinBCii OF :\L\rsiiali- — First Methodist Episcopal Church
OF Marshall (by ]\Irs. Mary F. B. Stephenson) — Catholic
Church — First Baptist Ciiurch — First EvANiiELicAL Lutheran
Zion's Church

The following sketches of the churches of Marshall bespeak for the
place worthy advantages of a religious nature which are a prime necessity
in any desirable residence community.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Bij Louis S. Joy, M. I).

It was ill llie year 1836 that the first cliurcii service according to the
use of the Book of Common Prayer was held by a visiting clergjinan,
Rev. Charles B. Stout, in the village of Marshall, then numbering three
hundred inliabitants. During the winter of this year and the following
winter (1837) the village was thoroughly canvassed to ascertain what
amount could be raised toward the building of a church. In the spring
of 1837, the good work had progressed so far that a parish was organ-
ized and ^Montgomery Schuyler, then a hardware merchant in the village
of ^Marshall, and J. W. Gordon, afterward governor of ^Michigan, were
chosen wardens and Dr. J. H. ^Montgomery, Bradley K. Crissey, Sydney
A. Alcott, C. T. Gorham and Andrew ^lann were elected vestrymen.

La.y services were held in the school house. The same spring the
bishop of the diocese, Samuel A. McCoskry, visited I\Iarshall and
preached in the school house, which was the .second service of the church
held in the village. And, though at this moment the financial crash of
1837 was wrecking hundreds of fortunes, especially in the western states,
this group of churchmen, fired by the words of the bishop who seemed to
have had an unusual gift of inspiring others to do God's work, deter-
mined not to turn back from their undertaking.

"The building of the church was immediately entered upon and
prosecuted with such earnestness and diligence that early in the autumn
it was completed. That was a glad day for the little band of church-
men when they were ready to present to the bishop a neat and tasteful



294 HISTORY OP CALHOUN COUNTY

church for consecration. It had been built at a cost of over $2000.00,
chiefly by the wardens and vestrymen, none of whom were rich, and
hence at much sacrifice of time and money to the few who engaged in
it. And yet it was gladly met and cheerfully endured by them, grate-
ful that it had pleased God to give them the ability and willingness to
contribute. ' '

This church building was afterward sold to the Lutheran congrega-
tion and was situated where their beautiful new church now stands.
This Siune building is now used as a shop and was moved 'to south
Hamilton street near State street.

Services were kept up in the little church for a couple of months or
so and then lay services were held until the calling of the first rector.
Rev. Samuel Buel, in February, 1838. Mr. Buel remained nearly two
years, resigning in October, 1839 and afterward oecui)ying the position
of Professor of Systematic Divinity in the General Theological Semi-
nary in New York City, which position he occupied for many years.

At the time that Rev. Mr. Buel left there were twenty-eight names on
the list of communicants. For the next year and a half Rev. W. N.
Lyster held monthly services ; on other Sundays lay services were held.

On May 27, 1841, the vesti-y of Trinity Church extended a call to
the Rev. Montgomery Schuyler to become a rector. He was one of the
foundere of the parish, had served as a lay-reader and had begun his
studies for the ministry while yet a business man in -Marshall. During
the rectorship of Rev. Mr. Schuyler the Sunday school was doubled in
number and the congregation grew to such an extent that the church
had to be enlarged. In the spring of 1884 Rev. Montgomery Schuyler
resigned his successful rectorship to go to Grace Church, Lyons, New
York.

June 3, 1846, the annual diocesan convention was held in Trinity
Church, Marshall, ilichigan, presided over by Rt. Rev. Samuel Allen
McCoskry, first Bishop of ^Michigan. J. Wright Gordon and Dr. John
H. ;Montgomery represented the local church in this convention. Rev.
E. A. Greenleaf was at this time rector of the church though his resigna-
tion had been tendered "from causes wholly beyond my control" as he
writes in his report tendered as rector to this convention.

In 1849 Rev. Hiram Adams was rector. At this time there were
81 communicants upon the list.

In 1850 the parish was without a rector, 88 communicants were
reported by Daniel Hudson, warden.

In 1851 Rev. A. Guion was rector.

In 1852 Rev. Henry N. Strong became the rector. Rev. Jlr. Strong
remained as rector until 1858.

In the year 1854 Rev. Strong in his report to the convention records
the death of General Isaac E. Crary, who, he states, is a great loss to
the church as he was a liberal supporter and member of the vestrj'.

In 1858 Rev. Charles Jones became rector and he remained until
1860 when Rev. S. S. Chapin was called to the rectorship.

Bishop McCoskry in his convention address of this year notes for
April 15, 1860 — "I preached in Trinity Church, Marshall, and con-
firmed thirteen persons. The services were held in a large hall, filled



IIISTOKY OF t'ALIIOrX COUxNTY 295

to overtlowing with the most attentive liearers. It was one of the
pleasantest service I ever held in this parish."

In the Bishop's address under date of June 27, 1861, he writes:
"I kid the corner stone for a new church edifice for Trinity Parish,
]\Iarshall. The congregation had disposed of their old church l)uilding,
as it did not meet their wants. The sum i-eceived, with a liberal sub-
scription from the members of the parish, will enable them to erect one
of the most beautiful stone edifices in the diocese. A large number of
the elerg\^ aided rae in the pleasant work, several of whom made ad-
dresses on the occasion. I also confirmed six persons."

In the rector's report to the convention of 1863, Eev. S. S. Cliapin
writes: — "If a punctual attendance upon the services of the churdi and
sacraments are an indication of temporal and spiritual prosperity, or
if unity of feeling and action are truthful witnesses, there is great
cause for thanksgiving to Almighty God, for there are few parishes
where the spirit of peace reigns more felicitously than in Trinity
Church, Marshall."

In the Bishop's address to the convention under date of JIarcli 16,
1864, he writes: — "This was my first visit to this parish since they had
occupied their new church edifice. It is most substantially built of
stone. The pews are of black walnut and the whole arrangement of
chancel and nave is in entire keeping with the architectural symmetry of
the whole building. I felt thankful that we had in the diocese such an
architect as Mr. Lloyd of Detroit, who had not only raised such monu-
ments of his skill and taste, but had done so much to aid the devout
worshipper in an humble and reverential approach to God." It is but
fitting to here record the faithful and accurate carrying out ai the
architect's specifications by the contractor, Mr. Nathan Benedict.

The substantial manner in which the church was built and the way
it is standing up in the face of time is a splendid monument to that
loyal churchman Nathan Benedict, even though his name does not
appear anywhere in or about the edifice.

Rev. S. S. Chapin's rectorship terminated in 1866 and he was suc-
ceeded in 1867 by Rev. John K. Dunn. In his report to the convention
Mr. Dunn writes: — "On the 6th day of April, 1867, I entered upon my
present charge, and although the parish has been without the services
of a peraianent pastor for a large part of the past year I am happy to
be able to report that everything promises well. The pews have readily
rented at advanced prices, the congregations are large and well sus-
tained and a great degree of interest is manifested by young and old
in the truths of religion and the claims of the church. With the help of
his true hearted parishioners the rector has strong hopes, under God,
of being enabled to accomplish a good work in this portion of the Lord's
vineyai-d. He has also the pleasure of reporting that the seminary for
young ladies in this city, under the charge of the ilisses Bacon, will
hereafter be conducted as a church school of the higher order, under the
spiritual supervision of tlie rector of the parish. The school is already
in successful operation with competent instructors and with present
accommodations for a hundred boarding pupils in a large, commoilious
building furnished by the generous munificence of a citizen of Mar-



296 HISTORY OF CALHOUN COUNTY

shall. It is the design of the faithful ehurchwomen who have it in
charge, who have had a large experience as teachers and have an exten-
sive acquaintance with the best systems of eastern church schools, to
make it a thorough church institution, and to bring the influence of the
church to bear alike on the minds, hearts and manners of the pupils."
The building used for this school was then owned b.y H. J. Perrin and
known as the JIarshall House. A portion of it now standing is used
as a dwelling house by "Mys. Lewis Perrin.

Mr. Dunn remained about two years and he was followed by Rev.
Wm. H. Moffett. Jlr. Aloffett's rectorship was also short (less than two
years) but he had one of the largest confirmation classes ever con-
firmed up to that time (20). In his report to the convention of 1870
he writes: — "During the year an attempt was made to organize the
members of the congregation for work among the poor, for chvirch ex-
tension, for missions, etc., and a society was formed called the 'Parish
Union.' As only a few of those whose help was desired showed any
real interest in the movement it was found impracticable to carry out
the full design and after a few months it was thought expedient to give



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