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Early history of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin

Key personalities in the history of Cedarburg & Ozaukee County,   pp. 15-21

Page 15

Since local history is really the story of local people and what they
have accomplished, rather than the story of great battles, politilcal intrigues
and social revolutions, this brief history of our county is based on the lives
of some of its leading pionee; citizens, At the same time, we must admit that
the pioneers had their local battles over the location of the county seat,
splitting of the original county into two counties--Washington and Ozaukee--
possession of the county records, and the Civil War Draft riot, all of which
left their scars. Tragedies such as the two cholera epidemics, and such
problems as the mixed population of foreign-born and "Yankees" also left their
mark on our history.
But going back to the lives of the people, we will begin with the Town
of Cedarburg, which was organized in 1849 but had been settled before 1846.
The first six men who came settled in New Dublin, now called Hamilton,
picturesquely situated on the Green Bay Road and Cedar Creek, with a mill and
a number of its other old stone buildings still standing. First came
Joseph Gardinier known as "Miserly Joe", who was the first man to pet an axe
to the primeval forest in the town of Cedarburg. He was employed by the
agents who had charge of the construction of the old Milwaukee and Green Bay
Road, and he made his headquarterp in a log shanty where the Hamilton mill
(the Concordia Mill) now stands. This mill was built in 1853. Quite another
type of pioneer was I. S. Brown, a highly educated and refined recluse, who
lived alone in a little hut in the forest which an 1881 writer described in
a quotation from Spencer: "A little lowly hermitage it was, down in a dale,

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