Erastus Hussey came to Michigan from New York State in 1824, and purchased land in Wayne County. Hussey returned to New York for a time, but in 1839, he and his wife, Sarah, purchased a building located about 125 feet east of this site to house their dry goods store and residence. As Quakers the Husseys had strong antislavery sentiments and in 1840, Erastus Hussey became stationmaster of the Underground Railroad's Battle Creek station, located in his home. He was assisted by fugitives like Samuel Strauther who settled in Battle Creek after escaping slavery. As a Free-Soiler, Hussey served in both houses of the state legislature in the 1850s. On July 6, 1854, he attended the "Under the Oaks"
convention in Jackson where the Republican party was founded.