Pioneer History of Eaton County by Daniel Strange: a review

Everyone should read a county history sometime. This one’s structured around identifying the first settlers in each township, and how they arrived in the county; he also discusses early township leaders, school beginnings, and suchlike. There are also stories, digressions, and the occasional poem. A few of the stories are repeated, but in each case the perspective’s changed and the tale with it. All in all, an interesting diversion, especially if you’ve Eaton County connections. The potentially dry material is relieved by the author’s wry humor; he’s particularly interested in conflicting claims about the meaning of “first settler.”

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