Julia A. Moore

The Sweet Singer of Michigan



EARLY DAYS OF ROCKFORD

          AIR -- "Lucy Long"

My friends, I pray you listen,
     I'll sing a little song,
About the village of Rockford,
     It will not take me long;
And how it was first settled
     By enterprising men,
And all the news about it,
     I'll tell you if I can.

Situated in a wilderness,
     With forests all around,
Thirteen miles from Grand Rapids,
     Is this florishing town.
On the banks of Rogue river,
     Where runs the water still,
And in the early settled days,
     Was called Laphamville.

First settled by Smith Lapham,
     In eighteen and forty-three,
Then came the Hunter brothers
     To keep him company.
Lapham and Hunter Brothers
     Built each a shingle mill,
On the banks of Rogue river
     Are the same old buildings still.

In the early days of Rockford
     They had to run a stage,
They had no other conveyance
     To get from place to place.
Now they go by railway,
     The cars run night and day;
The early days of Rockford
     Have nearly passed away.


Reprinted from The Sweet Singer of Michigan: Poems by Mrs. Julia A. Moore, ed. Walter Blair (Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1928).

Note: The spelling "florishing" is as found in Blair's edition.
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