John Gilbert of Ypsilanti had a good eye for business. He recognized this as an ideal spot for a growing village. Then he patented the lands. Emanuel Case was contracted to construct the grist mill on the Raisin. The lumber, hewed timber, was got out by W. S. and Elijah Carr. Harry Gilbert aided Case in the construction work. The original plat consisted of 22 blocks, now the Main Street section.