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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Roseline Willard Peck,   pp. 170-171 PDF (398.9 KB)


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          ROSELINE WILLARD PECK
      Contributed by the John Bell Chapter, D. A. R.
    Roseline Willard Peck was born in Middletown, Ver-
mont, February 24, 1808. She came to Blue Mounds in
1836 and thence to Madison in 1837. At Blue Mounds
they rented the tavern stand owned by Colonel Brigham
and boarded the old Colonel and the hands employed by
him.
                      * * *
       MRS. PECK'S ACCOUNT FOLLOWS
    "We started from Brighams, at the Blue Mounds, on
Thursday afternoon, April 13. I rode an Indian pony.
We travelled about seven miles and came to a place where
some one had made a claim, and had laid about five
rounds of logs toward a cabin. We camped there that
night with a tent over us. The next day we pushed on
-a more pleasant day I never wish to see. We pitched
our tent on a little rise of ground, within three miles of
Madison; spread down our beds, and rested very com-
fortably until nearly 3 o'clock on Saturday morning,
when we were awakened by a tremendous wind storm
and howling of wolves, and found snow five or six inches
deep which continued to fall until we reached Madison."
    She with her husband, Eben Peck, were the first
settlers of Madison. Their house was located in Block
107, Madison, near the present site of the Capital House
on Butler Street. This was the first home established in
Madison. They kept the first boarding house where
workmen who built the first Capital in Madison boarded,
and later known as the Madison Hotel. Here Victor
Peck, the first white boy in Madison, came as a one year
old boy.  In this house his sister, the first white
child born in Madison was born. She became the wife of
Nelson W. Wheeler of Chippewa Falls, and after his
death, was married to A. S. Hawley of Delton, Wisconsin.
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