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Velte, Charles H. / Historic Lake Poygan
(1976)

Historic Lake Poygam (a synopsis),   pp. 5-6


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                   HISTORIC LAKE PO YGAN 
                           (a synopsis) 
 CHAPTER I LAKE POYGAN 
   Lake Poygan formed by Labrador Ice Sheet 10,000 years ago- 
 Originally a rice lake-Indians crossed the lake on horseback-Indians' 
 bread  basket-Neenah-Menasha   dams   raised  water  levels-U. S. 
 Government sued by land owners-High water damages-Destruction of 
 rice-beds-Efforts to preserve shore lines-Spectacular destruction by 
 spring ice-Lake Poygan Pool a reservoir-Sacred Springs-Fertile 
 trapping grounds-Duck hunting and fishing-Lumbering, logging and 
 log jams- The famous "Cut Off"- The lumber barons. 
 CHAPTER II TUSTIN 
   One of 3    Tustins-Named after Thomas R. Tustin-A       brisk 
beginning-A gate way to back country-Center of trading area-Platted 
in 1868-Thriving village during steamboat era-Original settlers-Social 
structure-Steamboats and sawmills kept village going-Schools and 
teachers-John Boyson an energetic "go-getter" provided nearly every
kind of service-Winter activities and communications-Many notable 
characters in the village-Poem: "Old Tustin by the Lake". 
CHAPTER III THE PA YGROUNDS-THE INDIANS' LAST STAND 
   On south shore of Lake Poygan-In 1836 the Menominee Indian 
Nation sold 4,000,000 acres to U.S. Government for 17 cents per acre, 
to be paid in 20 annual installments-Moved to Town of Poygan, 
"Paygrounds"-The payments did the Indians more harm than good,
a 
shameful procedure-Early efforts to place marker at spot where 
payments were made, and abandoned-Later the historical marker 
was erected and dedicated in official ceremony-Sale of remaining lands 
and removal of Indians to Menominee Reservation- Father Bonduel, 
who had established a mission station near the Paygrounds in 1844, 
went with them to reservation. 
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