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History: Calvin Fillmore

 

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Calvin had always complained about his health, and as he aged his physical problems made farming harder. In 1873 he reported that he had three cows, three horses, and three acres of corn but that the cold weather was aggravating his diabetes. "I would like to go to a mild climate if it were possible," he added, "but I do not know but I shall have to live and die here after all."

The five surviving siblings gathered at the Scio Township farm on July 16, 1873. Calvin and Olive were joined by Julia Harris, who had moved to California; Cyrus, from Indiana; and Millard, who was seventy-three. The New York Times reported that "all were in good health, hale and hearty, and to all appearances bade fair to yet see many years of enjoyment and happiness. Besides the above there were present eight or ten others, and the gathering as a family around the festive board was an occasion of joy and happiness, not wholly unmingled with sad memories."

In a letter sent shortly after Millard left Michigan, Calvin wrote, "We regret that you did not stay a little longer with us but feel very happy for the reunion and hope it [did] not make you sick." He also thanked his brother for a gift of $50. In his next letter Calvin enclosed five copies of a photo of the family taken by Sam Revenaugh, who ran a photography studio on East Huron Street in Ann Arbor.

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