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From the Manchester Enterprise of Years Ago

By dhowell - Posted on 28 December 2007

In l833, Wait Peck, who had taken up the farm land which later was the Walter Frey farm, took some logs to the sawmill on the north bend of the Raisin, just across the river from Mann's grist mill.

Mr. Annabil operated the sawmill and Mr. Peck asked where he could get a drink of water. "Go over to the house and my wife will get you one," said Mr. Annabil. Mr. Peck cried, "You don't mean to say there is a white woman in these parts!"

"Certainly, go over and see," said Annabil.

The log cabin stood just south of the site of Morscheuser's house (where Del Ludwig lives today) and Mr. Peck was soon rapping on the door. The cheery "Come in" was according to the custom of the time. Throwing open the door, he stood gazing with delight at the pretty little lady. At last he recovered his surprise and told her that she was the first white woman he had seen in a year. That summer he built a house and returned to Connecticut to bring his bride to the new west.

Mrs. Annabil was the first white woman in Manchester. Her sister, Catharine Dudley, was the first white child. She was 15 and lived a year with the Annabils until her parents came here and settled on the farm, which later became the Ray Trolz farm.

Catharine became the wife of James Hendershot and lived in the house where Hugh Walsh lives on Adrian street. Mr. Hendershot was a blacksmith and did the iron work for the first mill in the community.

From the Manchester Enterprise of 1868---The Literary and Debating Society of Manchester High School held its meeting on Tuesday and debated the question: Should the United States repudiate its National debt.

Affirmative: J. D. Corey, E. Norris and James Kelly.

Negative: G. R. Palmer, Rev. I. Bloomer and Dr. E. Hunter

Dedication* We learn that Professor Dunn of Hillsdale College dedicated the Freewill Baptist church of Iron Creek to the worship of God last Thursday. He was assisted by Rev. Maynard of Macon, Rev. Botes of Augusta and Rev. John Thomas of Dover. We understand they raised money and pledges sufficient to clear the house of debt.

March 4, 1869---an editorial---Manchester needs a bank. Among other things, he says: "We need a bank where a responsible mechanic, farmer or manufacturer might borrow money (with proper security) at a reasonable rate of interest, say ten or twelve percent, not a fraction above the latter.