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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

McCafferty, Mrs.
Imogene St. John McCafferty,   pp. 41-47 PDF (1.4 MB)


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Cafferty at the request of the Janesville Chapter D. A. R.,
and wasread at the dedication of a boulder, placed by
the Chapter on the graves of Mrs. McCafferty's parents,
the first white settlers in the Rock River Valley- in Wis-
consin Territory.
    Mrs. McCafferty died in Columbus, Wisconsin, in
her ninety-fourth year, retaining her mental vigor till
the last.
    A remarkable personality, one whose life had been
full of vicissitudes, but whose courage never failed and
who kept a clear, serene outlook upon life to the end,
and was sincerely mourned by all who knew her.
    "In compliance with your request I trust you
will take into consideration that these are the memories
of a child of seven years of age and written in her
eighty-ninth year. The errors I hope you will overlook.
    "In the spring of 1835 the two Holmes brothers and
a Mr. Folmer, all young men-in a spirit of adventure
and to explore the new territory (not then surveyed)
came to Wisconsin, reaching the Rock River Valley and
the river that gave it its name, explored the surrounding
country, no doubt hunting and fishing as game was so
plentiful. Being delighted with the country and its pos-
sibilities, concluded to build a cabin and make a claim.
The cabin was located in the shadow of the immense
ledge or rocks, since named Monterey, in sight of the big
rock very much revered by the Indians. Many legends
and superstitions were held by them. A description of
the cabin may be of interest. It was built of logs sixteen
feet square, (no lumber nearer than Milwaukee and no
roads), shake roof, split from logs and weighted with
poles to hold them in place. The door (facing east) was
made from split logs and hung on immense wooden
hinges. There was a window with four panes of glass.
For warmth and cooking there was a huge stone fire
place. The floor was nature's own soil. For sleeping,
bunks were constructed by boring holes in the logs and
inserting poles for the frame to rest on. The bunks
were in two tiers and on both sides of the cabin. Nine
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