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History: Calvin Fillmore

 

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In September 1873 Calvin wrote, "I am nearly worn out with my harvest and other work." In October he asked Millard to redeem some bonds so that he could fix up the house for winter. In the rest of his letters from fall 1873 he explained that he was working on the house, plastering and painting. "I have an offer for my farm, but not what I want for it," he added. Yet he soon sold the house and land and moved to Ann Arbor.

On March 8, 1874, Millard Fillmore died after suffering a stroke. In his will, Millard canceled all of Calvin's debts to him and bequeathed his brother $500.

Calvin survived five more years. In January 1879 the Ann Arbor Courier-Weekly reported on his last trip: "On a recent visit to his brother, who lives in Indiana, they rode fourteen miles one very cold day, and the deceased froze his feet very badly. As a direct result gangrene set in, which soon poisoned his blood, causing his death." He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dexter, along with his wife and his sisters Julia and Olive.

Besides the buildings he constructed, Dexter retains one other Calvin Fillmore souvenir. When Pat and Paul Cousins were running Cousins Heritage Inn, Nathaniel Charles Fillmore often ate there. He told them that Calvin had built the house the restaurant occupied (it's now Terry B's).

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