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Salter, George H., 1826-ca. 1906 / Papers, ca. 1896-1913, 1965
Call Number, Stevens Point SC 60

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it was Emma Caucutt Salter who was killed by Indians after the Salters settled
in Clearfield Township in Jun-eau County, Salter was arrest-ed and taken
to Milwaukee after he killed Joe and Jim Dandy, but he was freed when no
jury would convict him.
Salter married Elizabeth Caucutt, his second wife's sis-ter, about a year
after Emma Caucutt Salter was murdered.  This wife died in January, 1897.
The pioneer settler ran a tavern near his hom.  He called it "Hell's
Delight," but others knew it as Half Way House.  The tavern prospered
while the stagecoach ran between New Lisbon and Necedah and "points
north."  It was a favorite meeting place for deer hunters, and Salter,
who had a reputation for being kind to his family and good to his neighbors,
entertained them royally.  He and his family were noted for the concerts
they gave around the country as the Salter Concert Troupe.  No performace
was complete without their interpretation of the "bear dance."
According to one version of the Salter story, the tavern was abandoned about
1890, and Salter built a new home about a mile away.  This ver-sion says
the hom burned about 1906 while the family
Being.
"But," he is supposed to have said, "if I am mistaken
and
there is a hereafter, it does not matter where I go as long as there are
no Indians."
His funeral services were held from the home of a son, George, and he was
buried in the New Lisbon cemetery.
He was survived by eight children.  Some prospered as farmers and business
men in Necedah and New Lisbon.  They were George H., Fred, Harry, Frank,
Miss Carrie Salter and Mrs. Mary Fish of Clear-field, Mrs. Emma Rumro of
California and James who moved about 1911 to Madison, where he was a liveryman
for many years.  Two of James's sones, James E. and Ben, were longtime Madison
grocers.  Mrs. Riley has many of the family papers that tell the story of
her grandparent's pioneer life.
That rugged life is far re-moved from those who fail to spot the concrete
marker as they whiz by.  They have little in common with "Daddy"
Salt-er and others like him who brought what they thought was needed civilization
to a raw and untamed land, even though their methods may have been wilder
and more savage than the people and the lands they thought they were taming.

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