Sneath, Thomas S. / A directory of the city of Stoughton, and the villages of Edgerton, Milton and Milton Junction
Milton Junction, pp. -126 ff.
SIlion Aundt0t . The first settler in the vicinity of the Junction was Stephen D. Butz, who arrived in 1836. In the following year the first woman arrived in the person of Hannah Bowers. In 1839-41 Henry Crandall and Elder Stillman Coon located in the neighborhood. P. McAdams seems to have opened the first hotel which stood about where the present Foster House now is. When the Northwestern road arrived G. W. XMathews built the Mathews House, a small one story fram e structure which stood on the site of the Morgan Houte. The first dwelling house erected on the site of the present village must have been one belonging to Charles Badger, standing on Vernal street near the corner of Mer- chants' Row. The village was founded by Wm. T.'and I. P. Morgan. The former bought the Mathews House in 186i and erected in its place a fine eating house and hotel at a cost of $i8, ooo, and in the year following I. P. Morgan purchased of Silas Crandall 34 acres of land which included nearly all of the present village. The land was surveyed and platted into lots by Rev., W. C. Whitford, and the brothers became joint partners in the sale of it. The first house erected after the village was platted was one put up by R. J. Greenman, at the corner of Albion street and First lane. Mr. Greenman also erected the first building on Merchants' Row, which was a lumber office for himself. It is hardly necessary to say that he was the first lumber merchant. The first blacksmith was I. P. Bullis, and John W. Wood opened the first store and became the S, first postmaster. The second store is believed to have been opened by Buten & Bliss, who dealt in general merchandise. The first depot master for the Northwestern road was a man named Smith, and he at that time acted for both roads. His successors for the Northwestern road have been Messrs, Farnham, Walker, M,. J. Holmes, and the present incum- bent, P. H. Cole. In i86i I. P. Bullis started a carriage factory. In i868 a frame school house was erected at a cost of $4,000. In I869 J. C. Rogers erected the planing mill. December 24, 1872, the Morgan House was burned to the ground, and the next year the present magnificent house was erected. The growth of the village has been a gradual one, and
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