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
W. J. P.
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PREFACE. partial exhibit of their industrial pursuits and business tact, but also as evidence that we are linked together by a stronger tie than sectional lines. The chapter on Lake Koshkonong is from the pen of Prof. Kum- lien, a scientist of no mean mark either in this country or Europe. Although he has devoted a life time to the study of natural history, and his labors been heralded abroad, there are but few of our citizens that even know that this seer is living at our very doors. Forty long years has he quietly and unobtrusively spent in studying the botanical life of many of our plants, as well as givig us a clearer insight into the ornithology of this continent, and we feel our duty but begun in our meager effort to make these facts known. The "H:istorical Introduction" will be found full of interesting dates and facts, as also the chapter on " Personal Recollections," while the list of County Officers, obtained at considerable labor, and the only list published, will be used as a useful reference. Our county is the largest in population and wealth of any other in our state, except Milwaukee, and is largely on the increase. The healthful character of our climate, together with our rich and varied displays of scenic beauty beheld every where around us, is bringing hundreds to our doors who are not only invigorated by our pure and bracing atmosphere, but enchanted with the landscape grand- eur that foreign lands but tamely mimic. Historical places point to ages as yet comparatively Known, and if a people, whom we designate as Mound Builders, lived here, it is but right to infer that they were neither ignorant of our climate or our scenery, but as is shown, left larger evidences of their labors here than in any other section of this country. We have been much gratified at the cordiality with which our citizens have entered into the enterprise, and take this opportunity of offering them our grateful acknowledgments, and especially to the writers of the different chapters, for their kind and unselfish interest in collecting the many facts and pleasing incidents there- in related. Such men are, as a rule, the bone and sinew of a com- munity, and never weary in well doing. We are also indebted to the following gentlemen, who have made it a matter of interest and labor to aid us in our undertaking: Hon. Simeon Mills, Wm. A. Wheeler, E. M. Williamson, E. Burdick, Geo. B. Smith, Wm. Vroman, N. T. Parkinson, Wm. Welch, S. W. Botkin, Hon. Ly- man C. Draper, Prof. S. H. Carpenter, Prof. R. B. Anderson, D. S. Durrie (who aided us materially, by the use of several of his MSS.), Phillip Barry, (for the use of county records,) Gabriel Bjonison, P. B. Parsons, 0. S. Holum, Hon. J. A. Johnson, Gen. S. Cadwalla- der, Judge N. P. Hyer, Judge J. T. Clark, Capt. John Nader, Jas. B. Stuart, (for draught of design on back of the volume), N. P. Jones, (for photographs to the engraver), N. T. Hawes, John Cors- cot (for city records), and others. W. J. P. 6
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