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. house, by the Rev. Salmon Stebbins. He was followed soon after by a Methodist missionary by the name of Bennett, who afterwards took up the less honorable calling of office seeking. About this time we had occa- sional preaching by the Rev. Matthew Fox, of Fitch- burg, a Presbyterian minister; also by his father, who was a Methodist preacher. He was known all over the country as Father Fox, or, as he sometimes styled him- self in his jocular way, "Ould Daddy Fox." In the summer of 1845 the settlers built a log se'O oi house onl the northwest quarter of section 22, but when they had got the body up, they decided it was not located in the proper place, and so sold it to my father, who took it down and moved it onl his fairm, on section 13, which he was just beginning to open. The next year they erected a log school house on the west edge of what is now known as the Dane county poor farm. The first school was taught by Amy Thornton, in the winter of 1846-7, and I was one of her scholars. It was the custom in those days for the teacher to board around, and the big boys to take turns in building the fires. My turn camne every Monday morning, and I remember getting a frozen ear on one of those occasions. The first summer school was taught by Miss Noyes, and the sec- ond winter term by Dr. Waterbury. Ile being the only physician in that part of the country, was frequently called away on professional duties, and at such times he placed the school in charge of some one of the big boys, quite a number of whom were men grown. One of the number, an Englishbma by the name of Baker, who wxas sometimes called upon to preside, caused a good deal of merriment one day by telling some one in a class of spelling, who had left out the letter n in a word, that "there was a henr in there somewheres." In 1843 my father was elected the first justice of the 687
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