Frederick Gilbert Bourne collection  1901-1918
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Collection Scope and Content Note

The Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book has 17 pages of descriptions of marks that farmers in Lake Township used to identify their livestock. The entries are dated April 10, 1846-October 2, 1880, and describe cuts made to animals' ears. The township clerks who recorded the descriptions were Comfort Pennell, Ebenezer P. Morley, Joel W. Blakeman, Henry Lemon, John H. Nixon, R. L. Dudley, H. W. Hawley, Milton J. Morley, Solomon Maudlin, John Loop, Marshall C. Travor, Oliver P. Miller, William Williams, and Wesley W. Beattie. The final page has a note about stray sheep who wandered onto W. H. Whipple's farm on December 14, 1885. The volume has the bookplate of Louis P. Neck and a brief note about Oliver P. Miller.

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