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

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


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CHAPTER IV THE STEAMBOATERA 
   Began in 1806-On Lake Poygan in 1844-Captain Hotaling the 
pioneer steamboat man in Wisconsin-Early steamboats and navigation 
on Lake Poygan-Feverish boat building-Well known steamboats and 
captains-LeFevre Family and    others-Navigation  hazards-Steam- 
boating accelerated early settlement and was the lifeline-Fox-Wolf 
River system the most important for inland Wisconsin. 
CHAPTER V LOGGING AND RAFTING OPERATIONS 
   Lake Poygan and Wolf River Basin one unit-Lake Poygan a half- 
way station-Wolf River Drainage System covers 3,200 square miles- 
Early lumbering on Rat River-Tough and rugged breed of men- 
"Lumberjacks" and "river rats" -Logging and log jams-Risks
and 
hazards of log driving-The "Cut Off" shortened water distance 7
miles. 
CHAPTER VI BORTH-WILLOW CREEK 
   A 2-story hotel located at Willow Creek-Half-way House-A boat 
ran up Willow Creek-The cranberry marsh-Ringlings, cousins of circus 
Ringlings-Measuring Lake Poygan with store string-Post office 
in cheese factory-Charles Voelkner came from Germany in 1895 and 
operated general store many years, established trading center-Cele- 
brations and entertainments-Story of churches. 
CHAPTER VIII TOWN OF POYGAN 
   Indian Paygrounds located in Town-Early settlers moved in before 
Indians moved off-Irish settlers predominated and were very religious- 
Father Bonduel established mission-Congregation established later had 
250 members- Three priests from Herbst Family. 
CHAPTER VIII TOWNOFWOLFRIVER 
   Andrew Merton first settler in 1849-Neuschafer, Page and Boyson 
moved in a little later-Unusual hardships during early years-Mary 
Boyson first white child born in Town-First school in 1858-Clumsy 
town organization changed. 
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