Pope, Amelia Irene Johnson (ed.) / Centennial history, Township of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin : souvenir booklet, 1848-1948
Springdale 1848-1948: organize group to complete town history, pp. 5-168 PDF (45.3 MB)
We still have one of the early-born settlers by the name of Gardner White, who is now eighty-seven years of age. He knew the first settler and saw him operate his sawmill. The first white man to own land in this township was John Harlow, who settled in Sec. 1 in 1844, and later Perry Munger and 14arlow purchased a lumher-saw so as to make lumber for the neighborhood to build farm buildings. in 1846, we find that a colony of Norwegians had come from Telemarken, Norway, in the year 1839, by sailboat. It took them eight weeks to cross the ocean. They landed in Muskego, Wiscon- sin. Maleria fever was very bad there and so many of the settlers died that the survivors decided to go west and look for a new place. In the spring of 1846, a few families started for a higher elevation. They had heard of Blue Mounds, so they formed a caravan of cov- ered wagons drawn by oxen and came by the way of Madison, driving west on the military road through the township of Cross Plains into the north-west corner of Springdale, where they turned off the highway to the left one mile in Sec. 7, one and one-half miles east of the present village of Mount Horeb. They settled in the N.E. 1/4 of Sec. 7, near a spring, in the year 1846. They lived in covered wagons until they had a loghouse built. One of the com- pany, Halvor Halvorson (Grasdalen) and family remained on said land. Thore Spaanem moved into another valley southeast near a spring in the center of Sec. 17, where he located with a family of five children, T. S. Spaanem's mother being one of them. She was eifxht years old at the time. She related many a happening, remem- bering there were quite a few Indians who were friendly. She saw them roasting snakes and frogs for food, although (leer were plen- tiyful, and wild pigeons so abundant and easy to trap. One of their hardships was to get to market as Milwaukee was their nearest trading place. It took them a week to make the trip with oxen and home-made wagons. One son by the name of Sven Spaanem became of age and married Miss Anna Throndrud in May, 1861. They bought 160 acres of the old homestead, which is still in the family after 100 years, owned by Thore Spaanem, a grandson, and whose Mother reached the ripe old age of 91 years. She had always been a strong and in- dustrious woman. Her son, T. 5. Spaanem, related one incident that happened to her. She was a cloth weaver most of her life, and one day as she was weaving some goods for a young man by the name of Robert Beat, who is still living and past 80 years of age, two Indians came in to beg for something to eat. They saw this wonder- ful cloth in the loom and grabbed a scissor to cut a piece out. Mean- time her young son, Thore, ran to his Uncle, Thore Spaanem, a neighbor, quite frightened and calling for help, but when they re- turned the Indians had left.
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