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Early history of Omro

Early history of Omro,   pp. [1]-23

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From the November 30, 1939 issue of The Omro Herald.
Utter and I cannot get the name of his pardner(Goodenough) started a spoke
hub mill near where our Omro Lumber Co. is now and Sheldon and Allen
started a broom handle factory. Then Scott built a shingle mill
near where the woolen mill is now. This burned and was never built
up again. The first brick store was put up this period and built by
L.B. Lewis and Ellis Thompson where the present Lumber now.
The Catholic Church was also erected. Mr. Drew and Hicks put up a
carriage shop also.
    It was not so booming in 1886 for the place, but the Putnam
block was built and Pelton Brick Store on the north side about where
the Kitchen's Station is now. The fair grounds were laid out and a
fair held that fall. This is where the present Fairmont Heights are
now. Mr. G.W. Shafer built a fine brick block on Water and Division
streets. In 1869 David Blish put up a planing mill on the north side
of the river. This was where the G.A.R. hall (now Am. Legion Hall) is now
and in 1870 the
Christian Church was built.
    In 1871 the George Challoner shop was destroyed by fire loss
of $20,000, but was soon built up again. On the 14th of September
that year, some workmen digging a cellar drain for the residence of
John Wilson found the bones of a mastadon. This was near the old
Wadell place or south up Mill street from the old woolen mill.
    Each tooth of this mastadon weighed eight pounds. Then later
W.W. Race built, also Andrew Wilson and Treleven and J. Orchard.
Mr. Andrew Wilson and H.W. Webster were the leading men of the
village at that time. Mr. Webster was a heavy lumber manufacturer
and represented this district in the state Legislature. Also
C.C. Morton ran a sash and door factory and Almond Grey a barrel
    Mr. M.G. Bradt was our express agent, W.W. Race was dealer in
hardware, S.N. Bridge of musical instruments. J.T. Russell had a
harness shop.  C.C. Covey, a dealer in groceries, Mr. Charles Chase
a Jewelery store, A.B. Tice, a meat market, Alexander Gadbaw, farm
machinery, Frank Bunker, groceries, and Robert Webb was also a
    Before we go on with the rest may I recall a few happenings
that occurred which may interest the readers. Also if any old
timers can recall any matters of interest, just write them to your
editor and I am sure he will be glad to print them along with this
work. Also want to thank Mrs. Frank Stanley for her very interest-
ing writtings of the old school days.
    First I will recall the old Indian scrimmage that happened at
Omro years ago. This was in the summer of 1844, so they tell me.
Captain William Powell in his trading post in Omro that I related
a  time back. This is how the story goes: The Winnebago Indians--
two hundred strong under Old Yellow Thunder were camped near the
outlet of Rush Lake. Yellow Thunder's son with eleven other bucks,
came to Omro to Powells to rob him of his whisky and just have a
spree. At the time Jed Smalley, Leb Dickerson and Charley Carson,
a Menominee half breed, were in the place and they helped Powell.

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