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Bingham, Helen M. (Helen Maria) / History of Green County, Wisconsin
(1877)

Spring Grove,   pp. [193]-202 PDF (2.0 MB)


Page [193]

SPRING GROVE. 
Among the pioneers of Green County were many 
single men, some of whom could hardly be called set- 
tlers. "My home was under my hat," said one who 
may be taken as a representative of the class. Yet they 
did good work in taming the wilderness, and, whether 
they went from to town and from county to cou'nty, as 
work and the hope of gain called them, or kept bache- 
lor's hall on their own land, they were an important 
element in the society of that time. Bachelors' parties 
were among the most enjoyable gatherings there were. 
Not infrequently, a dozen bachelors met in the evening 
at Smith & Enos' mill, or at some brother's cabin, and 
spent the night in fun and jollity. Occasionally, they 
went as far as Hamilton's diggings to hear the Colonel 
tell, in his entertaining way, of the great men he bad 
seen at Washington; and sometimes they had a party 
to which married men and their wives were invited. 
At one such party at Mr. Rust's, the floor was turned 
bottom side up after supper, "so as to have a clean, smooth 
surface" on which to exercise the light fantastic toe. 
Among the pleasantest parties of this kind in the east- 
ern part of the county, was that given by Mr. Lake to 
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