the Fall of 1871 there was a drought over much of the Great Lakes. Debris from
logging and land
clearing was tender-dry. Wells went dry,
crops failed, streams shrank.. On
October 8 a great wildfire struck the town of Peshtigo, Wiscon killing 1300 people and the fire
spread to Michigan. It burned
over 1,100,000 acres. Another fire
destroyed Chicago. Additional
fires across the state resulted in at least 200 deaths.
Ten years later another fire struck the area
between Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron which was completely
devastated. The Fire burned for over
month. Over 2 million acres were burned
and hundreds of families lost everything.
that the skies were dark with
smoke for several days.
Daniel Stewart’s Historic Diary of an American Farmer part of which are
included on this web site and the CD. This
actually is a record of what people did every day back in the pioneer
days. Wesley Arnold donated the entire
collection of Daniel Stewart’s Diaries to the Center Line Public
had placed it on CD so that anyone may be able to view it for free.