History of  FENNVILLE, Michigan
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..Articles 28 & 29 from 
Recollections of the Pioneers
of Western Allegan County
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Henry Hudson Hutchins
1853 - 1933
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as Published by
COMMERCIAL RECORD-RESORTER
790 Lake St.  Saugatuck, Michigan 49453
(616) 857-2570   1977

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Henry Hudson Hutchins was born in Ganges township in 1853, the 3rd son of Harrison and Laura (Hudson) Hutchins.  His father was the first white settler in Ganges township, his mother one of the first school teachers.  He attended the Veeder school and later studied at Kalamazoo College.  Hutchins was married in 1877 to Hattie Robertson.  They had 4 children.

In 1873 he established a fruit farm on 122nd Avenue east of Ganges.  He was never a success at fruit farming but added to the family income with his inventions including a mechanical fruit and vegetable assorter and a portable buggy light.  For many years he was an officer in the Ganges Pomological Society, and was secretary to the Western Allegan Pioneer Society.  He was also a founding father of the Saugatuck and Ganges Telephone Company, said to have been the first cooperative telephone company in the country.

About the turn of the century he began interviewing the "old timers", of the area and writing up their recollections.  In 1919, "since no one has appeared on the scene to use my notes", Hutchins wrote a series of 16 articles which were published in the "Commercial Record", in Saugatuk, and the "Fennville Herald".  In 1925 he followed the original 16 with 19 additional "letters"   Hutchins died in 1933.
Articles included were
. .1.  D.H.Hall
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2.  J.D. Billings
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3.   First Settlers
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4.   W.A.Dressel
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5.   Singapore
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6.   Singapore Continued
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7.   Singapore Business
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8.   Singapore Bank
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9.   Singapore Concluded
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10. Reminiscences of J.P.Wade ..
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   11. Wallinville
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12. Saugatuck Mills
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13. Saugatuck
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14. Douglas - Plummerville
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15. Pier Cove
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16. Pier Cove Continued
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17. Ganges Township
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18. Allegan County
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19. Subdivision of Newark
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20. Wildlife of the Forest
   21. Bears and Indians
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22. Early Settlers
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23. Schools
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24. Building Roads
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25. Early Steamboats
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26. The Plummers
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27. Address by E.A. Fenn
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28. Fennville
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29. Bravo
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30. Pearl - Pullman
                   New Richmond
31. Fruit Industry
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32. Apples and Pears
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33. Local Phone Company
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34. Pioneering
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35. Pioneer Cooperative Work

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