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Milmine, Geo. R. (ed.) / Racine advocate city and county residence and business directory of Racine, Wisconsin

Town of Rochester,   pp. [260]-269 PDF (2.3 MB)

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PADDOCK & JANIES, Fire, Marine, Life, and Acoident Insurance.
         Town of Bochester.
               Town No. 3, Range i9 East.
               TOWN ORGANIZATION.
W. B. Stetson, Chairman.)
B. F. Hewett,            Supervisors.
H. B. Cheney,
Reuben North, Clerk.
R. S. Jackson, Treasurer.
Wm. Gates, Assessor.
H. Cady, J. C. Gibson, F. E. Hoyt, D. Winter, Justices of the Peace.
A. H. Belden, T. White, Constables.
Geo. H. Blake, Sealer of Weights and Measurers
    Population.--Males, 436 ; Females, 408; Total, 844.
    The village of Rochester, containing a population of about five
hundred inhabitants, is pleasantly situated on the Fox river, twenty-
three miles west of Racine, twenty-eight miles by the road from Mil-
waukee, and five miles north of Burlington. The first plat of the
village was made in October 1839, and embraced all the village property
on the west side of Fox river and that portion east of the river, and
south of Main street. The second plat was made in May 1840, and
embraced all that portion of the village tract east of the river and
north of Main street. The first name given to the village was "Upper
Forks." It was first settled by Mr. Levi Godfrey, who came into the
country in the fall of 1835, accompanied by John B. Wade. His
shanty, sixteen feet square, was the first structure erected for human
habitation in the town. In 1836, Mr. Godfrey brought out his family,
and in 1837, James H. Gibson, Alonzo Snow, and several others located
in the town. Mr. Godfrey kept the ffrst hotel in the town, opening
it in 1837, It was a log building and known as the "Old Ark."
Alonzo Snow was the first merchant in the place and occupied a  ld-
ing on the corner of Main and Front streets. In 1837, M. C. Wit-
THE place to buy furniture cheap is at W. H. JIqNNINGS.I is. B. C.

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