The current issue of Chronicle, the quarterly magazine of the Historical Society of Michigan, includes a story about Jane Sweetman Bacon, the first wife of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Nathaniel Bacon (MSC 1855-1857). Their pioneer life in Niles, Michigan, in the 1830s was described by their daughter Mary Hannah:

Ah, what a playground was here for the children…all summer here they raced and climbed and swung….the wise young mother turned the grove into an academy, herself a modest and unconscious Plato.

Sadly, Jane died in 1841, more than a decade before her husband was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court.

For more about Justice Bacon, you can read his biography, the transcript of his portrait dedication, and the reason what we do here at the Society is so important. Yesterday, July 14, was the 211th anniversary of his birth.