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Trempealeau County

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Early days in Trempealeau County, WI, are recalled through a mix of colorful tales and factual data in this New 43-page 8 1/2" x 11" spiral-bound booklet, printed single-sided on 60 # opaque paper. The front cover is a parchtex card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. The information comes from a rare 1881 book, entitled History of Northern Wisconsin. We've enlarged the area on a map from the original book, and included it along with two other maps of historic interest. Communities currently listed for this area by the National Association of Counties include: Albion, Arcadia, Blair, Burnside, Caledonia, Chimney Rock, Dodge, Eleva, Ettrick, Gale, Galesville, Hale, Independence, Lincoln, Osseo, Pigeon, Pigeon Falls, Preston, Strum, Sumner, Trempealeau, Unity, Whitehall (County Seat). Some towns may not be mentioned in the booklet.) Among the many subjects included are: Location and Natural Resources; Discovery of Mounds with bones and effigies; James Reed and other early settlers; first marriages; first minister; first women; dispute over first birth; first ball; first newspaper and other "journalistic births"; Effect of the New Ulm massacre; formation of the county; early officials; Mormons in Traverse Valley; Whitehall, on the road between Green Bay and the Mississippi (includes illustration); churches, schools, societies, manufacturing; Arcadia, largest village in the county, setback by flood and "Dakota Fever"; short-sighted property value inflation in the village of Trempealeau; mineral springs in Galesville and the founding of Galesville University; Independence vs. New City; and numerous other interesting bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: In addition to the many names mentioned throughout the booklet, there are a number of individual biographies of county residents of the late 1800s. Some of these are brief, but others include reminiscences, names of family members, affiliations, war records, and careers. Those listed are: Whitehall -- Mathias Anderson, Daniel L. Camp, Charles C. Crane, William H. Davis, Theodore H. Earle, James Ervin, Daniel K. Hagestad, Moses D. Ingalls, F. W. Ingalls, George McCann, Samuel S. Miller, George H. Olds, George Quackenbush, Christopher E. Scott, Nels L. Tolvstad, Edwin H. Warner, David S. Watson, Eugene D. Webster, Lyman H. Whiteley, Joseph Wright; Trempealeau -- Leonard W. Adams, Frank Atwood, Samuel Barr, James M. Barrett, Anson Bell, John Bohrnstedt, Daniel S. Bonum, William T. Booher, Alpheus N. Brandenberg, William T. Burns, Andred R. Carhart, Charles J. Clevelan, John Cleveland, Rev. N. Cook, William L. Cummings, John Curtis, Edwin Elkins, Alex B. Flemington, Daniel W. Gilfillan, F.A. Goodhue, E.J. Hankey, Abner Harris, Lemuel I. Hare, Henry Heller, Benjamin F. Heuston, Herman Hobertson, Silas E. Houghton, Almon Johnson, Wilson Johnson, Paul Kribs, William McDonah, Thomas G. Owen, Alford William Newman (pix), Jacob H. Pierson, Abraham Pittenger, Langdon Porter, Christian Riemenschneider, Henry Rudolph, Thomas J. Seymour, William J. Showers, William Siewert, Edward N. Thowbridge, Daniel C. Wason, Hollister Wright; Caledonia -- Phineas R. Bagley, Bostwick Beardsley, Frederick Beltz, Capt. Darius D. Chappell, Gilbert O. McGiloray, Lorin W. Olds, Charles Pickering, Joshua Rhodes, Jonathan Ramsden, William J. Suttie, Rev. David Wing; Arcadia -- William w. Barnes, John W. Blaisdell, William Boorman, Dr. Isaac A. Briggs, Daniel C. Dewey, John M. Fertig, James Gaveney, Oliver A. Hegg, George N. Hidershide, Iver Jacobson, Charles A. Leith, David Massuere, Albro C. Matterson, Seth Mills, John Maurer, Nicholas Mueller, John C. Muir, Charles Edgar Perkins, Seth Putnam, Austin E. Smith, Rev. M.C. Werner, Anton Zeller; Galesville -- Alexander A. Arnold, William G. Austin, Henry L. Bunn, Isaac Clark, Wilson Davis, Joseph Deakin, Lars H. Feiring, George W. Gale, G.O. Gilbertson, Silvanus J. Harris, Welcome A. Johnston, John Kellman, Daniel Kennedy Jr., James Kennedy, Addison H. Kneeland, Thomas T. MacAdam, John W. McLaury, Louis O. Moe, Gilbert F. Myhre, John R. Ogden, Ole N. Sagen, Andrew J. Scarseth, Arthur Tibbitts, Dr. William M. Young, Anthony G. Williamson; Independence -- Hans S. Austin, Giles Cripps, L.E. Danuser, Lewis P. Earle, Edward Elstad, Artemus Emery, James R. Faulds, David Garlick, James L. Hutchins, Johan A. Johanson, Benjamin F. Lambert, O.P. Larson, G. L. Lintz, George H. Markham, Michael Mulligan, Charles A. Raetz, Joseph Ritzinger, John W. Runkel, John Sprecher, James C. Taylor, Nic Theison, Thomas Thompson, William R. Trumbull, John J. Zoimmer; Blair -- Even Bergseng, T.I. Gilbert, John O. Gilbert, Andrew Johnson, John Myer, Capt. James Overson, Jacob D. Stone, B.K. Strand, Thomas Thompson, Alfred Thorbus, Henry Thorsgard, William H. Welch, Henry A. Young; Ettrick -- Iver Knudtson, Peter J. Huff, Chester N. Ashley, Iver Peterson.

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Cover of Trempealeau County History

Sources: History of Northern Wisconsin / Trempealeau County Wisconsin History
Authors: A.J. Coolidge and J.B. Mansfield
Original Publication Year: 1881
Original Publisher: Austin J. Coolidge
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