Madison, Dane County and surrounding towns ; being a history and guide to places of scenic beauty and historical note ... early intercourse of the settlers with the indians ... with a complete list of county supervisors and officers, and legislative members
Tenney, H. A.
Madison, pp. 539-562 PDF (6.4 MB)
DANE COUNTY - TOWNS - MADISON. -MADISON. BY H. A. TENNEY. OWING to the wide area of the original town, the cre- ation of villages and a city, and great municipal changes, it is difficult to make a satisfactory sketch of the town of Madison, since the shifting scene of forty years of- ten leaves one in doubt what to include and what to reject, either as to boundaries, or as to early settlers. Strictly speaking the pioneer citizens of the village and city are a part of, and belong to, the town, and no sketch could be considered complete which did not include them, as many of them were the most prominent actors in early times. From the material at command I have made the best classification in ray power. It is not en- tirely satisfactory to myself, and doubtless will not be to many who may read these pages and whose names have been necessarily omitted. I beg all to look upon, this production with charity and a kindly eye to the dif- ficulties of the undertaking. WHO FIRST VISITED THE LAKE COUNTRY.- Ebenezer Brigham, the first settler within the limits of Dane county,was probably the first white American who visited the site of Madison. In repeated conversations with the writer, many years since, he stated that, in company with a few other prospectors, he erected a cabin at Blue Mounds in 1828, and, having done so, accompanied by three others, a few days later, made a trip to Fort Win.. nelbago, then a new frontier outpost, to ascertain wheth- er supplies could be obtained there, and what facilities existed for the shipment of lead. He had heard of the Lake Country from the Indians, and, on his return7 539
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