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

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History of Green County. 
generally called Major that his Christian name is for- 
gotten) built a saw mill on Sugar river. One or two, 
log houses were built there about the same time. In 
November, '44, Chester Witter removed from Monti- 
cello to Downer's saw mill, as the place was called, and 
a few months later he and John S. Litchfield, of Exeter,, 
built the first grist mill in Brooklyn. At the raising 
Mr. Geo. Durgin climbed to the ridge pole, and made 
a speech, in the course of which he gave the place the 
name of Winnesheek-a name rendered familiar to the 
earliest settlers of the county by an Indian village 
where Freeport is now, and by a Winnebago chief. 
Nearly ten years later, Connecticut people with more 
love of home than good taste changed the name to Mil- 
ford. This name not proving satisfactory, but two or 
three years passed before the village was dubbed Attica., 
Before 1845      Dustin had a distillery and D. D. & 
W. W. Day had a store in Attica. At the present 
time the principle points of interest in Attica are Joseph" 
Bartlett's saw and grist mills, J. Crampton's carding 
machine, a cheese factory, owned by a company, the. 
stores of C. D. W. Leonard and Vm.. Young, and a 
hotel. The southern part of Attica was originally in- 
cluded in the township of Albany, but was transferred 
to Brooklyn in answer to petitions fiom the village, the 
first of which was presented to the County- Commis- 
sioners in November, 1851. 
Across the town, diagonally from Attica, on land 
entered by Chas. Sutherland, is Brooklyn, the youngest 
village in the county. The necessity for this village 

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