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Sneath, Thomas S. / A directory of the city of Stoughton, and the villages of Edgerton, Milton and Milton Junction
(1882)

Milton Junction,   pp. [122]-126 ff.


Page [122]

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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