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
MacDonald, Donald; Hawes, J. T.
Verona, pp. 571-588 PDF (4.6 MB)
DANE COUNTY TOWNS -VERONA. ADDITIONS B3Y J. T. HAWES. My father and mother and three children moved into the town of Verona on the 7th day of March, 1843. It was a very cold day, with deep snow, which lay on the ground untuil April, when men went to the town meeting in sleighs. It was a remarkably long and hard winter, and many cattle starved to detath. I well remember in- stances of men cOining fifteen miles to get a load of straw, when we would give them the load and keep them over night. We had moved on to Mr. Samuel Taylor's farmi, so had plenty of feed. At this time there was only one other faniily in the town, Peter Mar- tiii's, one mile from us. The next nearest was Joseph Vroman, five miles east, Ed. Camipbell seven miles north, and McFadden, seven miles south. We living on the road from Janesville to IMineral Point, and as it was the only house for a long distance each way, having a good barn, something very scurce in -those days, it was a regular stopping place for all travelers. Among the notables nwho used to frequent our house was Judge Irvin, .ions. Moses NL and Marshal M. Strong, Ebenezer Brigham, of Blue Mounds, George Delaplaine, etc. J. G. Knapp and E. AM. Williamson, of Madison, used to make it their home while acting as surveyors in that part of the county. Judge Irvin was always accompanied by his famous horse Pedro, and dog York. My father one winter boarded old Pedro for the judge. If my memory serves me right, the first child born in the town was Ebenezer Collins. He wvas born in the evening. My mother was present, and early the next morninog she was called to attend the birth of Olive Wheeler, a daugh- ter of William A. Wheeler, who lived at the Badger Mills. The first religious services in the town were held at our 586
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