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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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He was married to Miss Margaret Lynch in 1851, and she still
resides at the family home in the village of Mt. Horeb. They were
the parents of twelve children, eleven of whom are living: Peter
resides at Acme, Iowa; John is the subject of this review ; Patrick
lives in Minnesota; Joseph resides in Springdale; Mary married
Samual Farrell and resides in Cross Plains; Ella married Michael
Hobbs and resides in the town of Oregon; Margaret married Wil-
hiam Ryan and resides in Minnesota; Thomas is a photographer in
Mt. Horeb; James is a real estate dealer and resides in Mt. Horeb;
and Theresa and Anna remain at home with their mother. John
Brown, whose name introduces this review, and was reared on the
farm where he now resides and received his education in the public
schools. He commenced life as a farm boy, but changed his oc-
cupation in 1882 and engaged in the business of buying and shipping
stock. One year later he engaged in the general mercantile busi-
ness at Riley and has conducted an up-to-date establishment ever
since, adding to his duties, for about eighteen years, the business
of buying grain. He was one of the promoters and is now presi-
(lent of the Pine Bluff Central and was incorporated, September 27,
1904, with a capital stock of $10,000. The company covers the
territory from Riley to Mt. Horeb, Cross Plains, Middleton, Kle-
venville, and serves farmers along the line. Mr. Brown is also
the proprietor of the Riley Creamery, and he is interested in real
estate in the northern part of Wisconsin. He was married on May
26, 1890, to Ella M. Farrell, daughter of Richard Farrell, who was
one .of the early settlers of Cross Plains, and he now resides with
his daughter, Mrs. Brown. Our subject and wife have one son,
James. Mr. Brown has served as postmaster at Riley for the past
seventeen years, and prior to his appointment as such was assis-
tant postmaster with full control of the office for a period of five
years. One rural mail route leaves the office at Riley and makes
daily trips. Our subject is a Republican in politics, and aside from
the office mentioned he has filled the position of justice of the
peace and town clerk. Fraternally he has membership in the
Modern Woodmen of America.
William Cook: Taken from History of 1880
A prosperous farmer of the town of Springdale, was born on a
farm near where he now resides, July 20. 1852. He is the son
and only surviving child of John and Margaret (Ingles) Cook,
an older sister, Margaret, having died wlhcn sixteen years of age.
The parents were both natives of Scotland, the father having been
born in the Highlands of that country and the mother in the city
of Edinburgh. They were married in their native country and
came to America in 1850. The father gave his attention to farming,
followed that occupation in Scotland, and upon coining to Dane
county took up eighty acres of government land in the town of
Springdale, which has been the place of residence of the family
(luring all the succeeding years. The father died on July 30, 1865,
at the age of thirty-seven, the result of being kicked by a horse,


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