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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Land Contracts, John Ball, 2, Ball Family Archival Collection #154

Two United States federal government land contracts, numbers 2689 and 2279. Each has black printing as well as handwritten sections. Both are signed by President Martin Van Buren. A white seal is fixed to each in the lower left corner.

A full listing of the contents of this collection can be found in the Finding Aid that is attached to the media section of this catalog entry.;The contracts detail the registration and purchase of 160 acres and 150.7 acres, respectively, of federal lands in Ionia, Michigan, by John Ball of Troy, New York. Both sheets are signed by President Martin Van Buren.;English text, with some handwritten cursive writing. |
Printed, Paper
16.15" h 9.9" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Gift Of Estate Of Dr. Ruth Herrick

Estate of Ruth Herrick
Born on July 6, 1895 in Ohio, Ruth Herrick became known as one of the first women physicians in Michigan. She studied at the University of Chicago Medical College and at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Afterwards she began her practice in 1931 in Grand Rapids. She was an avid collector and took a strong interest in archaeology, having lectured at the Greenfield Village Museum and wrote and published a book entitled "Greentown glass: the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company and allied manufacturers (1959)". In 1961 she cooperated with the Kent County Medical Society in compiling a historic medical collection. She retired in 1973 and later passed away after an automobile accident on June 7, 1974, with many of her assets bequeathed to the Public Museum.

Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862) was an American statesman who served as the eighth president of the United States from 1837 to 1841. 
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