The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), Dec. 9, 1884

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New York Sun: Adam Schardt lives on Kelley Island. He is a rare old German with a sweet accent. He gives the following history of the early settlers of Kelley Island: In the first place the island was originally covered with snakes and reptiles, and no human being, not even the noble red man, had the courage to dispute their right and title to the island. During a heavy storm, many years ago, a schooner was wrecked off McGodgain's Point. The boat carried a cargo of live hogs. All hands were lost, but the hogs swam ashore, and, as they found little else to feed upon, they made a diet of snakes. In the course of time they succeeded in devouring all the snakes on the island. Then the Kelley family put in an appearance and began devouring the hogs, which was accomplished easily and quickly. Nothing has since succeeded in exterminating the Kelley family.

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Kelley's Island is still the center of the range of the (now rare) Lake Erie Water Snake. The shipwreck may refer to the loss of the schooner PARROTT somewhere in western Lake Erie in 1835. She was lost with all hands and did have a deck cargo of hogs.
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Dec. 9, 1884
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Post (Detroit, MI), Dec. 9, 1884