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

Early settlers


the early churches and schools later).
Among the early Irish settlers were the Dockreys, Reynolds,
Desmond, Clare, Corcoran, iurphy, and Flynn families.
Later came the Coyles, Dineens, and Corrophy's. The
Germans, Yankees, English, and Irish, all furnished many
forceful public spirited persons who constituted the
early settlers.
Mr. Bonniwell was born at the Bonniwell Settlement,
which was at the intersection of Wauwatosa Road and
Bonniwell Rd, blay 12, 1847, and died August 1929. He
was one of the first to answer President Lincoln's call
to arms. As he failed to get his father's consent, he
ran away from home. He trudged through the mud for 20
miles to get to Milwaukee to enlist in the Union Army.
He was only 14 years old, but told the recruiting
officer he was 21. On November 12, 1861, he was enrolled
as a private in Company #1, Second Wisconsin Calvary.
here he served 3 years. By the time he was 17, he was
listed as a veteran volunteer.
There was very little hostility beitween the early settlers
and the Indians. It seemed that the Indians desired rather
to add to their comfort than to annoy the settlers by
Hostilities.  Solomon Juneau is generally credited for
this. his excellent management in respect to his relation
with the Indians established friendly feeling between the
races. Solomon Juneau was much beloved by the Indians


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