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Salter, George H., 1826-ca. 1906 / Papers, ca. 1896-1913, 1965
Call Number, Stevens Point SC 60 ([unpublished])

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said 18 Indian lives were taken by Salter.  Still others con-tended Salter's
reputation as an Indian Killer was largely myth, but he did not kill Joe
and Jim Dandy "for certain."
His son, James, recalled Salter killed no less than 11 Indians.
According to the New Lis-bon Centennial book published in 1954, the Salter
story began when George "Daddy" Salter was born on May
16, 1826,
in Witts County, England.  He grew to manhood in England, and in June, 1847,
married Elizabeth Gilbert of the Isle of Guernsey.  A year later, his back
was broken when he was run over in an accident, but he fooled the doctor
gave him less than 24 hours to live.  He recovered and later spent four days
in jail for whipping an employer who owed him wages.
Salter and his wife sailed for America on July 1, 1852, and they settled
in Geneva, where Mrs. Salter died.  Salter moved to Burlington and mar-ried
Emma Caucutt.
Emma and Elizabeth Cau-cutt were daughters of Thomas Caucutt who once held
some land in Vernon County with Salter.  Their brothers were Thomas, Henry
and James Caucut.  Salter later gave up his claim to the Vernon County land
when he traded a team of horses to Nooney for the farm in Juneau County.
 Though records do not say so, Nooney apparently lived in this area too.
 Later, he moved to Necedah and lived near the Salters.
In a personal chronicle of his life, Salter mentions tra-vels to Portage,
Reedsburg, Kilbourn City (now Wisconsin Dells) and to the Mississippi River.
 He wrote he dug a num-ber of wells and cisterns in the Burlington area.
was away, and all of the possessions, including "Old Black Hawk"
and a chronicle Salter had written about his war with the Indians, were destroyed.
Miller's shack, taken over by a group of hunters from Milwaukee and Chicago,
became infamous as a rendezvous for the drinking bouts.  According to James
Salter, a sign above the door pro-claimed a $25 fine for "any-one
who
leaves this place sober."
Another version says the Salter tavern burned about 1889.  Nooney reportedly
erected a marker on the spot with the simple inscription-- "Hell's
Delight."
 According to one local authority, the tavern stood on a knoll behind the
present site of a highway de-partment wayside, even though this is some distance
from the marker where the Indians and Mrs. Salter are said to have died.
 If the "Hell's Delight" marker still stands, its whereabouts
has
been ob-scured by time and Juneau County underbrush, but an area man once
told me a tale of a plot to steal that marker and of its safekeeping by im-mersion
in a secret place in the Yellow River.
"It's safe," he said, but he would tell me where it was
hidden.
Mrs. Carl Riley, a grand-daughter of George and Emma Salter who still lives
in Madi-son, says member of the family always understood the "Hell's
Delight" marker stood across the road near the mark of the slayings,
but they were never able to find it.  It was Mrs. Riley who furnished the
picture of George and Eliza-beth Salter for this article.
Salter died about 1906.  Ac-cording to one account, he didn't believe in
a Supreme

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