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Pioneer days of Evansville and vicinity
(1915)

Chapter III: Railroad built through Evansville,   pp. 15-16


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I wanted them to continue the search until morning or until the child was
found, but the crowd  started  for home and I very reluctantly followed as
I could not very well keep up the search alone. 
The next morning we met according to agreement and some one sugguested that
we take a northeasterly course and be off. We began our march nearly due
north, for by this time or soon after the woods were lined with searchers.
They came from Union, Butts Corners and Jug Prairie. We had only gone about
sixty rods when the news reached us by special courier that the child had
been found, having wandered  over two miles from home. The party   from Butts
Corners, climbing  over  the fence to enter the woods, heard the child groan,
and looking, found him lying on the ground beside the fence on some leaves.
He was unconscious. Taking him in their arms, they carried him to the nearest
house and sent for Dr. Quivey, who came and after working over him for a
few minutes, the little fellow spoke and the first word he said was "tater."
The doctor said: "He is hungry; he wants something to eat, then he will
be all right," and in a little while he was. I believe he is living
today. 
In 1852, when a boy, I attended the Rock county fair, held at the city of
Janesville. The admission  was 50 cents; that semed quite a sum, as in those
days it was harder to get 50 cents than it is now, but they Lad large crowds
just the same. There were not many attractions to amuse people; they had
the big pumpkin, 
the big steer, and horse racing. I remember at one of the fairs held in those
days there was horseback riding by the ladies. The track was one mile and
they were to run their horses once around, and the best rider was to get
for a prize a nice side-saddle and bridle. As I remember there were seven
ladies who took part; when the final start was given they got off in fine
shape.  When about half way around the -track one of the ladies fell from
her horse. The others made the run in good time. Now the judges, in goodness
of heart and sympathy for the lady that fell from her horse, awarded  her
the prize. I  always thought that a strange decision. If, when she fell she
had been in a fair way to have earned the prize and some unforeseen accident
had happened to cause her to fall, I think it would  have been right perhaps
to have let them run again. 
But with the large attendance and the price of admission the fairs were not
a success financially and after running considerably in  debt they were finally
given up and the grounds sold to private parties, and for some years Rock
county was without a fair. In 1898 nine young  men of Evansville got together
and voted to have a Rock county fair. They elected officers and deposited
ten dollars each with their treasurer. With this small amount they went to
work and 
held a fair that yea success; with very been a success eve taining as I think
ev be and would be if p 
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