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Harry Linder, his wife, and two children, lived for a time on a claim above Murhard's. While bringing the family down river the canoe capsized. The mother grabbed the boy and held up her arm so her husband could locate them in the water. After getting them out he rescued the girl whose dress had caught on a tree. She was unconscious, so he carried her through the woods to the Sargent place. Mrs. Sargent was cooking sauerkraut. The pungent odor helped to revive the girl. Linders did not go back to the claim.


Mary Brittain's earliest neighbor, aside from her sister-in-law Kate Sartent, was Kate Hottois Murhard.

Mrs. Murhard says:

"My mother, Nancy Heltzer, was born in Germany. My father, Peter Hottois was born in France, and later lived in Belgium. He was a veterinary surgeon, learning his trade among the wonderful Belgian stock. He came to the United States when a young man. Mother came when a young woman. They met in New York State and were married at Lancaster, Erie County, near Buffalo, in 1856. There, Father followed his trade.

During the years they had three severe fires, suffering heavy losses. Six children were born to them : Peter, John, Tena, Frank, Anna, and myself. Anna was burned to death when her dress caught fire outdoors. A few months later, Jan 10, 1867, I was born and christened Anna Katherine. At the age of sixteen I went to Cleveland, Ohio where I learned the dressmaking trade. Three years later I joined my two brothers who were homesteading in Michigan, and kept house for them two years."