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Pioneer days of Evansville and vicinity
(1915)

Chapter VI: early days in Cooksville,   pp. 25-29


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acres to aonther. It was then  reported that the city was to lose Lake Leota.
The party owning the thirtyfive acres went to the mayor and council and pleaded
with them to save Lake Leota, telling them the ice crop would pay the interest
on the money if they had to hire it.  He also told them of the pleasure and
benefits to be derived from skating, boating, bathing and fishing, and the
possibility of completing the park. He said he would deed to the city all
of the land they cared to - flow, including dam that would cost at least
$3,000 to build, if the city would pay him $800.   Nothing was ever done.
The party owning the five acres wanted the use of his land, so cut the dam,
thus destroying Lake Leota. Nearly every year since then the restoration
of Lake Leota has been agitated. At that time it would have cost but a few
hundred dollars to retain the lake for all time; now it will cost thousands
to restore it. 
A friend of mine related to me a circumstance that happened to him when a
young man. He was clerking in a dry goods store in the east; his employer
was a thorough-going business man and a   strict church member. During business
hours he was always at his desk; nothing escaped his watchful eye.    Always
when a sale was not made he always 
wanted to know the   reason. One evening a neatly dressed lady came in and
as he was the nearest clerk he came forward to wait upon her. She wished
to look at some shells; they were very commonly worn at that time. They had
a large stock on hand and ranged in price from $8 to $12. He showed her a
$12 shell; she asked if he had something a little more expensive. He thought
a moment, then brought out another one and told her she could have that one
for $15. She 'seemed to like that one better, but said  she  wanted something
more expensive. He said: "I think we have a $24 shell that will suit
you," saying there were but a few that cared to buy one so expensive.
He found one of a special design, saying: "This is the only one in stock
of this kind." She said that would do and paid for it and went out.
He carried the money and laid it on the desk beside his employer, saying:
"I have sold a shell." He said: "We have no $24 shells."
The young man replied: "I had to sell that priced one or I could not
make a sale." It was Saturday night. The merchant thought a moment,
then handed the young man $6, saying: "Take this and put it into the
contribution box tomorrow. Go to our church." 
Mining of Lead in and Around Mineral Point 
Beauchord, a French-Canadian, visited the city of Mineral Point in 1818,
and found Indians digging lead there. The first smelter was built by Jerome
Dodge between Mineral Point and Dodgeville in 1827. The lead  was first marketed
in Galena. Later there were smelting works built at Mineral Point. A large
portion of this lead was hauled to Milwaukee    by  ox 
teams. The route was to Dodgeville, from there to Madison, Oak Hall, Rutland,
Union, Ball Tavern, crossed the Rock River at Union Bridge. This was a toll
bridge at one time. From there to Johnstown, then to East Troy and to Milwaukee.
In the early days there was quite a quantity of lead mined  in  and around
Exeter, Green county. These 
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