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The history of Columbia County, Wisconsin, containing an account of its settlement, growth, development and resources; an extensive and minute sketch of its cities, towns and villages--their improvements, industries, manufactories, churches, schools and societies; its war record, biographical sketches, portraits of prominent men and early settlers; the whole preceded by a history of Wisconsin, statistics of the state, and an abstract of its laws and constitution and of the constitution of the United States
(1880)

Chapter XIII,   pp. 747-795 PDF (25.2 MB)


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HISTORY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY.
from one to two cents a pound more than market quotations at time of sale.
 In 1878, at the
international fair, in New York, all the cheese placed on exhibition was
sold at auction and,
the Lodi cheese brought a cent and a half per pound more than any other.
  The association
make none but full cream cheese.. For several years, the great bulk of their
sales were made
for shipment to Liverpool.      Its officers elected for 1880 were Job MMills,
President and
Secretary;; Thomas Albiston, Treasurer.
     Mineral Springs.--Lying within the village is a spring, the existence
of which was well
known at an early-day, attention having been called to it because of the
ferruginous deposits
along the line of its flow, and also because of its strong styptic taste.
 Here all thought of it
ended, and no attempt was made to ascertain its true character, or whether
it was of medicinal
value. Then Judge Palmer built his mill over it, and for many years it was
hid from view. In
the summer of 1878, while repairs were being made by the proprietor, Mr.
Andrews, into whose
hands it had passed, the effect of the water upon the workmen using it, led
to an investiga-,
tion.  With a view of ascertaining what were the mineral contents of the
spring, the services of
Dr. Barry, of the village, were secured, who reported, as a partial analysis,
that the constituents
of the water were carbonic acid gas, oxide of iron, carbonate of magnesia,
chloride of lime,
and chloride of sodium; the iron especially being present in large per cent.
  Quite a number,
of persons in the village began using the water, with marked effect.  S.
M. Blake, M. D., of
the village, in a communication in the Lodi Valley News, under date of January
29, 1879,
wrote as follows:  "In the short time that I have had the opportunity
to observe the effects
upon the system, I do not hesitate to state that its effects are more immediately
perceptible than
any other with which I am personally acquainted, being diuretic, laxative,
and, in many cases,
positively cathartic. As a remedial agent in diseases of the kidney and bladder,
of an inflam-
matory character, and in all cases of torpor of the portal circulation, or
of liver complaint, I
believe it to be a very efficient remedy. This opinion is based upon the
disinterested statements
of those who have used it for the last few weeks, as well as upon the chemical
analysis of Dr. A.
C. Barry. We would also be led to look for decidedly tonic influences from
its chalybeate char-
acter, but more extensive observation is needed to speak positively as to
this effect. "  Of well-
known citizens who h~ve used this water, I may be allowed to mention the
names of Hon. Joel
Pruyn and Rev. Father Maynard. For the last five years, he has been afflicted
with chronic
diseases of the kidney and bladder, compelled many times to seek aid from
several different
physicians, myself among the rest. He has also used the Bethesda water of
Waukesha; but his
present convictions are that the water from Andrews' spring ' beats us all'
in giving relief.
Father Maynard. who is using it for the relief of costiveness and nervous
debility, certifies to
positively beneficial results." One gallon of the water was sent to
Gustavus Bode, analytical
chemist, of Milwaukee, for analysis, and he returned the following result:
      Chloride  of  sodium  ......................................................
....... ..................  0.3748  grains.
      Sulphate of soda................................  ............. ...........
0.1843.
      Bicarbonate of lime................................       .     . 
   ...10.7520  "
      Bicarbonate  of magnesia ...... ............ .................................7.8643
      Bicarbonate  of  iron  ....................... .......................
...... ............0.6787  "
      Alumina ..       ............................................0......................0.2457
 "
      Silica................ . . ........................... ... ..... .......
.1.5360  "
      Organic matter............................................ 0.1536
      Mr. Bode reported, also, the water contained almost all the salts as
bicarbonates, and was
in this respect, as well as the small sulphates contained therein, similar
to the Waukesha waters.
In comparing the analysis of these waters with that of Bethesda Springs,
of Waukesha, it is
found they. contain sixteen times as much bicarbonate of iron, and nearly
two grains less
organic matter.   Other chemists have analysed the water with like results.
 John H. Tesh &
Co., of Milwaukee, writing to Mr. Andrews, said: " I think you can safely
recommend your
spring water for any and all things that the Waukesba waters are recommended
for, for the
analysis proves them identical."
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