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Bingham, Helen M. (Helen Maria) / History of Green County, Wisconsin
(1877)

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-fistory of Green County. 
inconveniences to which they were subject, they as- 
cribed the deficiency of trees also to him, or at least 
to the fires which he sent sweeping over the country 
every year to make the hunting good. By the time 
York Was settled, prairies were in better repute than 
they had been five years before. It does not appear 
which one of the opposing theorists on the treelessness 
of prairies numbered the first settlers of York among 
his followers. These pioneers may have seen the cause 
of prairies in climatic influences, in dried-up lakes, 
or in peculiarities of soil; though, since they saw that 
the seeming deficiency of trees was really a blessing- 
and there has always been a superabundance of wood 
land-it might have seemed to them a pity to deny the 
blame-laden Indian the credit of it. Whatever their 
theory was, and it is possible they never bothered them- 
selves with any theory, the first settlers of York left 
the timber of the northern and western parts of the 
town unclaimed, and made their settlement on the 
prairie, near the south-east corner of the township. 
John Stewart, the first settler, came from Ohio in 
184o. The next settlers, Wm. C. Green, Chas. Reed, 
and Ezra Wescott, came together from New York 
state. They also came in I840. In 184192, Amos Con- 
key, Albro, Chester, and Win. Crowell, Joseph Miller, 
Philander Peebles, H. H. Hurlbut, J. F. Wescott, Win. 
Spears, and Simeon Allen came, most of them from New 
York, the others from Ohio. Most of them settled at once 
in the south-eastern part of the town, calling their settle- 
ment Green's Prairie. They were poorly prepared for 
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