Holand, Hjalmar Rued, 1872-1963 / Wisconsin's Belgian community : an account of the early events in the Belgian settlement in northeastern Wisconsin with particular reference to the Belgians in Door County
Chapter V: The Great Fire of 1871, pp. -68 PDF (2.6 MB)
THE GREAT FIRE OF 1871 59 the company to go down-state every fall and buy up several herds of cattle which were driven to Red River. The cows and calves were butchered to feed the hungry mill hands, and the bulls were used for skidding logs. Oxen were bet- ter for this work than horses, but they unsually lasted only one winter. Almost daily a schooner would take its load of unplaned pine planks and shingles and sail off to Milwau- kee and Chicago. The Scofield Company had a smaller mill on the west side of the waterfall about a mile southwest of Dyckesville. Here, too, most of the employees were Belgians. In 1872 or '73 a remarkable accident happened at this mill. The big boiler suddenly exploded, dividing itself in two. One part shot lengthwise through the mill killing nine persons and, flying through the woods, cut down the treetops like a huge cannonball. The busiest of these mill centers was Little Sturgeon Bay in me norm ena of tne setlement. Tvr. r reeiano 'ard- ner came here a year or two before the Belgians and bought up thousands of acres of good timber land scattered all through the settlement. He started one enterprise after another, such as saw mill, gristmill, shipyard, lime kilns and ice houses, and gave employment to hundreds of men. The grist mill, built about at the beginning of the Civil War, was the first grist mill in the county and was a great boon to the pioneers. Sometimes fifty or sixty farmers would be there waiting their turn after having creaked all night over corduroy roads with their wagons pulled by oxen from Red River, Rosiere or Maplewood. There they met farmers from Liberty Grove and Washington Island who brought I No vestige of this village now remains, but a part of the pier remains.
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