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Hibbard, Benjamin Horace, 1870-1955 / The history of agriculture in Dane County, Wisconsin

Chapter I: Introductory,   pp. [77]-85 PDF (2.0 MB)

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                          CHAPTER I.
   It is the purpose of this work to give a view of the agriculture
of Wisconsin both past and present. As it is, however, imprac-
ticable to deal with the state as a whole, the choice of a part of
the state which shall at once be suitable in size and representative
in character is a matter of no small consequence; and fortunately
the county of Dane seems to contain within its borders a very
generous share of the agricultural activities and possibilities of
the entire state. More especially is it representative of the south-
em portion of Wisconsin, that is to say, of the agricultural por-
tion. The name Dane was given to the county in honor of
Nathan Dane of Massachusetts, the reputed author of the Ordi-
nance of i787 for the Northwest Territory, and not because of
the presence of Danes as is frequently supposed. The county
was set off from the west part of Milwaukee, and the east part
of Iowa counties in i836 but was not organized as a separate
county until i839.1
  The county is a large one, being more than twice the size of
the common checker-board county, and contains thirty-five town-
ships, or towns, as they are for the most part called.2 Its position
is midway between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi river and
twenty-four miles north of the Illinois line. "The forty-third
parallel of latitude passes within a minute fraction of the center
I Lapham's Wiecongsn, p. 218.
'Townships will hereafter be referred to as towns, while towns, an usually
known In the west will be called villages, since this usage seems to be a
manent evidence of the early New England and New York settlers.

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