Bingham, Helen M. (Helen Maria) / History of Green County, Wisconsin
History of Green County, pp. -64 PDF (10.7 MB)
JHistoiy of Green Counly. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Virginia. It is ,difficult to ascertain the states of their nativity. A very large proportion of them came from Illinois, but they had gone there a few years before, when Eelinoise" was the boundary of the civilized world. The Indiana immigrants were, many of them, born in Ohio, and many who came from Ohio had spent their earlier years in Pennsylvania or Virginia. At this time hardly any ,one came directly from New England, but some who were by birth the children of New England came from New York state. The settlers of I835-6-7 endured privations of all kinds. The nearest markets were Mineral Point, Galena, and Fort Winnebago. The dif- ficulties of going to market were increased by the fact that the streams, which a few years later were shallow -enough to be forded, were now so deep that teams were obliged to swim across them, and the banks were so -steep that travelers carried shovels with which to cut them down. One might travel days at a time, in south- ern Wisconsin, without seeing a house, and dismal prophets had foretold that this state of things must con- tinue. A history of the Black Hawk war, published in 1834 by J. A. Wakefield, after remarking that if the four lakes " were anywhere else except in the country they are, they would be considered among the wonders of the world," added this discouraging conclusion: " But the country they are situated in is not fit for any civilized nation of people to inhabit. It appears that the Almighty intended it for the children of the forest." Janesville was then in its infancy, and for two or three years Mr.
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