On this day in 1834 Epaphroditus Ransom arrived with his family in the Michigan Territory. Ransom served on the first Supreme Court of the new state of Michigan, and also served as its seventh governor, the first to be inaugurated in the new capital of Lansing when it was moved from Detroit.
Also on this day in 1841 William Stevens was born in Cornwall England, later to become Captain of the Newport Mine in Ironwood Michigan, after his family to immigrated to America. As a boy Stephens went to work in the mines at the age of 10, made a regular hand when he was only 12 years old.
Willie walked five and a half miles each day to and from work, and in the evening walked three miles to attend night school.