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Pope, Amelia Irene Johnson (ed.) / Centennial history, Township of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin : souvenir booklet, 1848-1948
(1948?)

Springdale 1848-1948: organize group to complete town history,   pp. 5-168 PDF (45.3 MB)


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The Win. McCaughey farm was homesteaded in 1853. It is
now owned by Frank Wittwer. We stopped next at the Gilbert
Gilbertson homesteaded in 1846 now owned b Albert Baker of
Mt. Horeb, and occupied hr the widow and son of the late Curtis
Baker. Mrs. Baker told us in our visit with her that her father
Rudolph Gust had the first silo in Springdale.
We next drove to Mt. Horeb where we called on Gilbert Gil-
bertson who is in very poor health and much grieved over the
passing of his dear wife. We also called on Mr. Bob Beat in Mt.
Horeb who gave us much information on several farms in Spring-
dale. He gave me some valuable information on the old stone
schoolhouse in section 25, district 3. He told us the first school
teacher was a Miss Cowie, a sister of John Cowie. He said there
were 20 children enrolled and they carried the water in a wooden
pail from a spring on the Morrison farm. Ann Malone. a sister of
John Malone, also taught school there. She married John Tomp-
son and later moved to Iowa. John Ohle homesteaded the farm
best known as the David Brink farm. He lived in a log house on
the east side of the road. Richard Lust married a daughter of John
Ohle. He was an uncle of Herman Kried of Madison. The farm
that Fred Erb lives on was homesteaded by Win. Uposon known as
Gouseman farm. The Don Beard farm now occupied by Mr. and
Mrs. George Way has always been in the Beard name. The Strous-
man farm was homesteaded by a man named Deen. he was a hunt-
er and trapper.
We next called on Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kliner of Mt. Horeb. Mr.
Kliner told us how he moved to Riley from Madison in 1900 and
went into the stock buying business. He bought his first load of
hogs from James Farrell for 2'2c a pound. He said he shipped
on an average of four loads of stock a week during the 15 years
he lived in Riley. Mr. Kliner says Riley was a lively town. He told
us a story of a team of western ponies he had named Dick and
Casey. He used these ponies to ride horse back when he went out
to buy stock. He said they could kick the hat right off your head.
He had this team for five years and he says there wasn't a rider
in Dane county who could out-ride him. Mr. Kliner is now retired
and lives in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.
Feeling the need of food we went to Olsen's Restaurant and
had dinner. Then drove to the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Corneli-
us Sorenson. There, too, we found every one hard at work. Mr.
Sorenson was putting baled hay into his barn with the hell) of two
young men. The bundles of hay were being elevated into the barn
with an electric motor. It was very interesting to watch them work.
Mrs. Sorenson lost no time in serving us refreshments, delicious
cake, cookies, and lemonade. We sat under the lovely shade trees
in their door yard and rested, too comfortable to go much further.
But our job was not finished so we again took to the road and land-
ed in Klevenville. Wisconsin. where we were greeted by all the
friendly neighbors as is customary in the lovely little country


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