Pope, Amelia Irene Johnson (ed.) / Centennial history, Township of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin : souvenir booklet, 1848-1948
Springdale 1848-1948: organize group to complete town history, pp. 5-168 PDF (45.3 MB)
"It is probable that among the first white men to set foot on Springdale soil were two who were later to become famous, Gen- eral Zachery Taylor, afterward president of the United States, and his son-in-law, Jefferson Davis, later president of the southern confederacy. According to tradition, if not actual record, Jeff Davis laid out the military road from Prairie du Chien to Blue Mounds, which touches a portion of Springdale. General Taylor went over this route in the '30's. Ebeneezer Brigham used to point out the place on the dividing moraine west of Madison where he and the general slept one night. "Springdale history is not so concentrated in regard to area as that of Primrose. The first settler was apparently William Har- low, who settled in the northeast corner of the town, section 1, in 1844, on what was later known as the Patrick Casey farm. In 1846 John Harlow settled on adjoining land." (Since this was written Mrs. M. H. Henderson passed away at the home of her son, Forrest, in Mt. Horeb, Wis.) One of the early settlers that came to Springdale was Levor Anderson Lien. With him came his wife and five children. They arrived from Norwvay in 1849, where they had a small piece of land up near a high mountain. There the sun went down so low it was not seen from November until February. Living conditions were -bad. The father was a shoemaker by trade, and travelled from township to township making shoes at the homes. In 1848, just after New Years, father was going on hi. shoemaking journey, hut before he left homedhe had to provide his family with fuel. He took his sled, 1 ,es and ax and went up into some timber he had in the high in ntain. He cut a load of wood, put it on his sled and and went ou on the edge of the rocks but slipped and xent with the load down the mountainside. Fortunately he escaped with minor bruises. This kind of struggle to provide for his family of- fered a very dark future. He had heard of this wonderful country, America, so made preparations to move. He sold out all his belong- ings and 'had everything ready to leave in the spring. They were the first ones from that neighborhood to leave for America. Others, hearing of this new world, also got the fever and prepared to leave. A new sa";- 's' " een and completed on which we planned passage, As wc ie trave.ih, ii throt the valley, people bid us farewell he last time. There wem d partings and a lot of prophec, -, the gossip of the day as ve were travelling down the road uine elde. v lady called out in a loud voice: "There goes the funeral procession!" A man by the name of Nels Ranum made the stateme.'t to my Ole Dokken: "They will never get to America any more th4 I will get.to Heaven!"
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