The History of Genesee County, MI
Chapter XX
Burton Ladies' Library

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The Burton Ladies' Library was organized in 1882 by a group of women, residents of the township of Burton, Genesee County. The charter members were, president, Mrs. Dan Church; secretary and treasurer, Mrs. Orson Bingham; librarian, Mrs. Ella Rockwood; Mrs. John W. Eldridge, Mrs. Mortimer Hammond and Mrs. Ed Granger.

The first volumes were donated by the members and purchased with funds raised by the organization. At the time that the Ladies' Library Association of Flint transferred their library tot he union school district of the city of Flint, all of the duplicate volumes on hand were purchased by the Burton ladies' Library and gradually the collection was formed. In 1890 William Hammond, of Burton, donated a site on the corner of the Davison and Covert roads, and through the efforts of the members a library building was erected at a cost of about six hundred dollars. Funds were secured by subscription and upwards of one thousand volumes were housed in the library building. For nearly twenty-five years the association continued, but for the pat ten years, the conditions in rural life being materially changed, the library has been closed and in 1916 the land was disposed of. At Goodrich and Atlas, thriving ladies' library associations are maintained, also at Flushing and Fenton.

This, Books can do--nor this alone; they give
New views of life and teach us now to live;
They soothe the grieved, the stubborn they chastise,
Fools they admonish, and confirm the wise;
Their aid they yield to all; they never shun
The man of sorrow; nor the wretch undone;
Unlike the hard, the selfish and the proud,
They fly not sullen from the supplicant crowd;
Nor tell to various people various things,
But show the subjects what they show to kings.


History of Genesee County, Michigan, Her People, Industries and Institutions
by Edwin O. Wood, LL.D, President Michigan Historical Commission, 1916

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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