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Pioneer days of Evansville and vicinity
(1915)

Chapter VI: early days in Cooksville,   pp. 25-29


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work done, but for some reason it was never completed although the name,
the Rock River Valley railroad, still lingers in memory. Joshua Webb was
one of the early settlers of the  town   of  Porter. Grandpa Webb, as he
was familiarly called, was a kindly old gentleman, 
with his white locks and   stooped form. I shall always remember him, I suppose
because he would often times stop and talk with me, a mere boy, just as though
I had been an older person. It is well to be kind to the boys; they will
remember it. 
Settlement of Magnolia 
Magnolia was first settled in 1840. The pioneers were mostly from New York
state, namely: Joseph   Prentice, J. W. Parmer, Andrew Cotter, William Frockler,
Edward Basy and Stanford Hammond. Later came W. B. Howard, H. E. Barrett,
William Huyke and    Charles  Dunbar. The village was located in the fall
of 1843, Joseph Prentice building  thi first store, where he kept general
merchandise.  Mr. Cotter platted a part of his land for fuilding purposes.
A postoffice was established in 1848 and George  Mackenzie   was appointed
postmaster. Rev. Jameson was the first preacher and pastor of the Presbyterian
church. 
The hotel or tavern was built by George Mackenzie in 1841, the build- 
ing now used for a general store kept by Robert Acheson, who by his genial
disposition and obliging ways, is doing a fine business. 
I have a dance ticket that I will copy here. given in the early days. Perhaps
there are some early settlers who will recognize some if not all the names.
"Christmas ball to be held at the Dunbar House in Magnolia on Thursday
evening, December 24. 1857. Committee of arrangements: David Van Wart, Porter;
S. Conch, Footville; Henry Millspaugh, Evansville; Joseph Baker, Austin Bowen,
  Albany; James    Howard, Magnolia. Room   managers: Frank    Clifford,
Charles Clifford, Sidney Smith. J. S. Warn. Music by    Hallock's band, Janesville.
The Old Mill 
The old mill by the stream has been written about in   verse  and prose.
Evansville has got the  old mill by the stream, but she has long been silent.
In 1847 Erastus Quivey built the dam  and a   sawmill. It doesn't look now
as if there ever was any use for a sawmill, but at that time there was considerable
timber to be sawed. In 1848 Mr. Quivey built the gristmill. There was  at
 that time water enough to run both mills the greater part of the year, but
as 
the supply of logs began to fail the sawmill went out of use and was torn
down. The first waterwheel used in the gristmill was what they called an
overshot wh eel; the flume carrying the water from  the  race passed over
and fell into the buckets that surrounded the wheel and thus caused the wheel
to  turn  around, furnishing the power to run the machinery. 
After a time the owners thought they could save power by taking the 
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