The Chippewa Times
City of Chippewa Falls, pp. -39 ff.
CITY OF CHIPPEWA FALLS. yond his fondest expectation. When we Caime to the city there were but two weNekly papers pub- lished tfhere-the Avalanche and the Herald. On the 5th day of October, in the year 1875, we issued the first niumber of the "Times," which wxe still continue to publish and which has survivd many ventures of a like kind. Chippewa County, which had then within its boundaries nearly all the ter- ritory now contained in the Counties of Barron, Sawyer, Price and Taylor, had no towns or vil- lages otsiile Chippewa Falls but the little Village of Bloomer. All the rest of the country was wild wood. Now that territory has many handsome cities and villages, and is intersected with roads and bridges in all directions. Twenty-five years is a 1lng time in the life of an individual, and often in the history of a country. Especially has it been so in the history of Chippewa County. Nobody that saw it then, could believe it to be the same country which he looks on now. Nor could anyone who did not see it then, be made to believe that all the wonderful changes which have come over it since could be the work of twenty- five years ... A GROUP OF RESIDENCES. L. M. NmwMAx. T. J. CUNNIINGIAM. ALEX. MCLAREN. AUGUsT M&soN. THE OLD McCANN FARM. a man of education, but lid more than the ordi- nary quantity of intelligence allotted to man. Al- ways a backwoods man, he had the backwoods manners and ways, but not of the blood-tirsty kind. In 1856 ie was the only justice of the pea'e in the county, and it was in this historic house one of the most memorable justice cases was ever tried. Joseph King and Baldwin Seval had a lawsuit about some corn. There was but one lawyer in the county then, Andrew Gregg his name. King employed him as his attorney. The ease came up before 'Squire McCann. In those days everybody attended a lawsuit, they were the only shows they had, so several sleigh-loads started for the scene of action, and incidentally to swap lies. On ar- riving at the house, the kitchen was transformed into a courtroom and the ltitchen table into the judge's desk. The courtroom was pretty well filled when the judge came in. He was attired in a blue flannel shirt and overalls. Seating himself by his desk lie threw his stockened feet upon it. He an- nounced that court was open and for the gaffers to "Uit Thar." Seval, the plaintiff, opened the case and plead- ed his cause personally. When through ' King's attorney, rose and commenced to a cause of his client. le had said but a fe when Seval jumped up, rushed towards hollered out: "What in h-l are you your lip in this case for? Tain't none d- d business." A dispute arose as to t of Gregg sticking his lip into other peo I ness. Blue Tom, who was present and high authority on law. was asked his o the right of a lawyer to take sides in The venerable Tom rose with great di a said "that he had read somewhere in B that lawyers were permitted to appear clients, but that he believed that llacks a
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