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Wilbert, Carl F. / History of the town of Mequon
([ca. 1990?])

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saved his home. A core of government engineers from
Chicago were retained to determine the cause of the
erosion, but so far have not come to any definite answer
nor have they proposed any prevention.
The Milwaukee River has its inception in the Town of
Farmington in Washington County. It then meanders south
and southeasterly through Fredonia, Saukville, Grafton,
Cedarburg, through the entire Town of Mequon from the
north to the south town line into Brown Deer, River Hills,
Glendale, through the City of Milwaukee and into Lake
Michigan. Until the last several decades, the river was
clean and sparkling with spring fed water. It abounded
with such fish as rorthern pike, lake suckers, red horse,
bass, and bullheads. It was also a haven for wild geese
ana ducks who nested in the lowlands and bays along the
river. The entire course of the river runs through both
shores lined with beautiful trees and shrubs even in
most areas to this day. But as time went on and the Town
was growing in population, people built houses near the
shore, farms were developed nearby. Cattle were allowed
to get to the river for water and to cool off in hot
summer days. In so doing, they would work up the shore
and thereby cause the shore soil to be carried and washed
into the river along with the offall of the cattle. As
larger tracts of land were tilled as farms, the easier
it was for surface water to drain to the river and thereby

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