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Bingham, Helen M. (Helen Maria) / History of Green County, Wisconsin

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Histoiy of Green County. 
the cold winter of 1842-'3, but they had health and 
hope, and only one person died-a little daughter of 
Philander Peebles, who had contracted consumption in 
New York. 
It was several years before any settlement was made- 
in the northern and western parts of York. Since 1853- 
'4-'5, these parts of the town have been mostly occu- 
pied by Norwegians. There are also a few Germans, 
and Irish, and near the south-west corner, Yankees are 
numerous enough to give one place the name of Yankee 
As the prairie north of Green's Prairie was settled,, 
it began to be called York, in honor of the original 
home of the people; and at the suggestion of the Rev.. 
Augustus Hurlbut, the first clergyman in the township,, 
this name was given to the town, which would probably 
have been named for Mr. Green had not Green been 
the name of the county. In 1846 or '47, Green's Prairie 
obtained a post office, to which the first postmaster, 
Lemuel Chase, gave the name of Farmer's Grove, in, 
allusion to a grove near his house, A little later, Ed- 
ward Sendel opened a store on the prairie. Both office 
and store were- irther north and west than the present 
village of Farmer's Grove.  Mr. Sendell closed his 
store and Mr. E. T. Gardner opened another a short 
distance west of the site of the village. In the mean- 
time Bem post office, named by admirers of the Hunga- 
rian general, had been established on York prairie, and 
the Farmer's Grove office had been moved south, and 
after several changes in the ownership of the store, 
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