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Early history of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
(1965)

History of Ozaukee County,   pp. 1-4


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HISTORY OF 0ZAUKEE COUNTY
Ozaukee County, when first settled, was called Washington County and
camprised what is now Ozaukee and Washington Counties. The first white man to
set foot in Ozaukee County was "General" Wooster Harr onof Michigan City,
Indiana, who purchased the entire downtown section o the c$Afr tb U.S.
Goveriment the day it was put on sale in Green Bay in 1835. He named the
place Wisconsin City and 1mmediately attracted a handful of settlers and
other land speculators like himself to the site. It was believed that either
Port Washington, Milwaukee, Chicago, or Michigan City would become the greatest
port on the lakes and metropolis of the midwest. Most speculators invested in
all four sites.
When Harrison arrived on the site of Port Washington, he found an Indian,
Chief Waubeka, encemped new the beach where he had made quite a clearing and
was raising corn. The Chief made his winter camp near the illae of Waubeka,
which still bears his name. The Indians told a story of another white man who
came dovn the lake in a canoe, camped for a winter on the site of Port Wa
planted a cross, and taught Christianity to the Indians. The exact identity
of this missionary is not recorded, but the Marquette University's
of History has stated that the story is probably t4ue.
Wooster Harrison and his settlers in 1835 Put up close to a dozen houses,
and after trading property back and forth at inflated prices for two y
there was nobody left to buy, and the financial panic of 1837 Put an end to
further settlement. So the citizens picked up their moveable            and
departed, leaving the empty houses behind them. Five years later, Harrison
returned with five families who became the first permanent settlers of Port
Washington. They came by boat and anchored some distance frcm shore, while


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