Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 58-59 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Bloomfield Township (Mich.) -- History Subject
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SHOUTS OF JOY
In the early part of the fall of 1818, two groups of men
from Detroit decided to see for themselves if the lands in
the interior really were "irreclaimable and unfit for culture
or occupation, and their obvious destiny must be to remain
in possession of wild beast," as Tiffin's report concluded.
One group mentioned in an article published in the Nov.
13, 1818 issue of the Detroit Gazette, was composed of
Governor Lewis Cass, the Rev. John Monteith, David C.
McKinstry, Austin E. Wing and Benjamin Stead. The fact
that they named Wing, Cass and Elizabeth Lakes after
themselves and Mrs. Cass is proof that they did indeed
explore this area.
The second group has Major Oliver Williams, Calvin
Baker, Jacob Eileet and "other prominent Detroit men"
setting out, turning back, and setting out once again. In
any case, they passed through the swamps of Royal Oak,
traveled along the log road being built by Army Troops
under the command of Colonel Leavenworth, and
eventually reached the tableland which would soon be
The account of their journey was written in 1872 by
Thomas Drake for the Oakland Pioneer Society. He tells of
their reaction when they first caught sight of Beautiful
Bloomfield: "We will not undertake to describe the shouts
of joy which burst from their lips as they looked upon the
lovely landscapes which were presented to their view.
They were enraptured with the scenery. The plains and
openings were covered with new and brilliant flowers.
After making as full an investigation as their means would
allow, having gathered as many flowers and shrubs as
they could carry as evidences of the fertility of the soil,
they returned to Detroit, after an absence of three or four
"The exploration made by this party was the theme of
conversation and it undoubtedly led to the formation of
the Pontiac Company which held its first meeting
November 5, 1818, with the purpose of selling land."