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Friend Brook is a small stream, entering the Grand just before the Portland Municipal Dam, and was named after Charles Friend, a land owner along its banks. In 1830, William Hunt set up a trading post on the west bank of the Grand River and began to traffic with the Indians for furs and skins in return for whiskey, guns, blankets, etc. In 1834 Charles Friend wrote a proposal to Governor Porter in partnership with early Lyons settlers around Hunt’s Trading Post for Lyons to become the county seat of Ionia County. Dexter Colony won the bid.