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Biographical and statistical history of the city of Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., Wisconsin : its early history, progress, and present condition

Oshkosh,   pp. [3]-76 ff. PDF (21.6 MB)

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In presenting to the readers of the
Nortklaestera the Early History and pro-
gress of Oshkosh, I have had to draw
largely on Lapham's Early History of
W isconsin:; Mitchel & Osborn's History
of M innebago Comity; Wisconsin His-
torical Collections; and the Documentary
History of the State. But these data,
though important, are all matters of
history, and wishing to give much that
is not written, as the prominent feature
ot the work in hand, I have had to call
to my aid many of our older citizens
whose recollections of the past are still
fresh, concerning the events of their
early life. The history ot one, is tIme
history of the maniy, for the strong tie
of symnpatiy, in times of hardlslhips and
de p.rivations ineid-nt to the first settle-
ment of every place, bound all firmly
together as one family, having common
interests, and a common and unselfish
tnotive, that of building up a new city,
that should be their tnture homes. The
lit} of, every one thus engaged is an
eventful one, whose trials and hardships
call never be fully written.
With this pu pose in VieW, my chief
relaucce must be on timose who have
passed through the ordeal ot early iife
in this new country, and with great
kindness end ardor, thev have given me
all the aid in their power. Of these, it
may be said, they have hardly passed
the middle age, and they arc yet among
u.S and stand among the most prominent,
and respected of our citizens. To every
one of these, through whose untiring
efforts so much has been aehieved, we
owe a debt of gratitude. Yet their trials
and sufferings were not wholly vicari
ous, for they had their aims and objects
to accomplish, from which they derived
enjoyment. They had much even to
anmuse and gratify; they were, as is ever
the case in the settlement of all new
countries, free from the trammels and
conventionalities of society, that do so
much to hinder or prevent true rational
enjoyment. A beneficent Being watch-
ed over and protected them from all the
dangers to which they were exposed, and
feeling that reliance on Him, they look-
ed forward to their future homes in
unswerving confidence.
To write a history of a past age, or of
a generation passed bv, is comparatively
an easy task; for then the data, defined
and accessillc in national and state ar-
chives, is less conflicting and more
reliable; although contemporaneous his-
tory and incidents of every day life of
the early settler, are more difficult in
compilation,they are better appreciated,
and read with greateriinterest. Taking
this view of it, I can only' hope to pre-
sent such a History as will be of inter-
est to the niany whose memories can
attest the facts therein related.
Thousands of scenes and incidents in
the history of Oshkosh are common to
that of every other new town; differing
somewhat by the close connection of the
past  and    the  present   of   our
city. These scenes in which there is a
thrilling interest, many of them were
but as yesterday, and still fresh in the
minds of our older citizens.
The Indian, as it were, has butjust left
us, and where but a few short yeaTq go,

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