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Grant County

Source:  The History of Grant County, Wisconsin
Including
Civil, Political, Geological, Mineralogical Archaeological and
Military History
and a
History of the Several Towns
By Castello N. Holford
Publ. by The Teller Print, Lancaster,
1900


TABLE OF CONTENTS


PART I - GENERAL HISTORY.

CHAPTER I - EARLY HISTORY
- Aboriginal occupation
- Spanish domination
- French domination
- English domination
- American domination
- The Prairie du Chien and Fever River settlements

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CHAPTER II - THE LEAD MINING ERA IN GRANT COUNTY 14-31
- First Comers
- Mining titles and tenures
- Prospecting and mining
- Smelting
- Character of the pioneers
- Grant County formed
 
CHAPTER III - GRANT COUNTY DESCRIBED 32-37
- Geography and topography
- Timber and water
- Soil
 
CHAPTER IV - GRANT COUNTY DURING THE THIRTIES 38-45
- The County Seat
- Roads and ferries
- The execution of Oliver
- post-offices in 1838
- Paper towns
- Early immigration as J. T. Mills saw it.
 
CHAPBER V. - GRANT COUNTY IN THE FORTIES 46-54
- Statistics of 1840
- Life in Grant County in the Forties
- The last
- "Winnebago Fuss"
- Land troubles
- Weather extremes
- The Mexican War and other events
 
CHAPTER VI - GRANT COUNTY IN THE FIFTIES AND LATER. 55-62
- The Gold Fever
- The cholera
- Great agricultural development
- The great war
- Oil excitement
- Emigration from the county
- Weather extremes
- Centennial year
 
CHAPTER VII - TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATION 63-75
- Flat-boating
- Steamboating
- Railroads, many projected, few built
- Telegraph and telephone lines
 
CHAPTER VIII - COUNTY BUILDINGS AND INSTITUTIONS 76-95
- The court-house
- The jail
- The poor farm
- The insane asylum
- Grant County Agricultural Society
- The soldiers' monument
 
CHAPTER IX - GRANT COUNTY'S DISTINGUISHED DEAD. 96-123
- James Gates Percival
- Nelson Dewey
- Joseph C. Cover
- Joel Allen Barber
- Joseph Trotter Mills
- John Hawkins Rountree
- Thomas Pendleton Burnett
- Jared Warner
- George W. Jones
- Milas K. Young
 
CHAPTER X - SOME NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL TRIALS 124-128
- Rose Zoldoski
- Nick Ames
- The Sisley case
 


PART II - CIVIL AND POLITICAL HISTORY.

CHAPTER I - CIVIL HISTORY 129-167
- Under Territorial government
- Under State government
- Town organization
- County officers
- Legislative district and officers
- Efforts to divide the county
 
CHAPTER II - JUDICIAL HISTORY. 168-179
- District and circuit courts
- Bench and bar of the county
 
CHAPTER III. - POLITICAL HISTORY 180-187
- Organization of the parties in the county
- Fall of the Whig and rises of the Republican party
- County funds lost
- election statistics George C. Hazelton
 


PART III. - GEOLOGIAL, MINERALOGICAL, AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL HISTORY.

CHAPTER I - GEOLOGICAL HISTORY OF WISCONSIN 191-210
- Original land
- The Laurentiau Period
- The Huronian Period
- The Isle Wisconsin in the Paleozole Age
- The Potsdam Period
- The Lower Magnesian Limestone
- The Trenton and Galena Limestones
- The Hudson Shales and the Niagara Limestone
- Peninsula of Wisconsin during the Palozoic Age
- The Carboniferous Age
- Natural gas and petroleum
- The Mesozoic Age
- The Glacial Epoch
- Relations of geology to political economy
 
CHAPTER II - MINERALS AND MINES OF GRANT COUNTY 211-217
- Mining terms defined
- Minerals of the Lead Region
- Deposition of rock strata
- Product of Grant County mines, early period
- Hardscrabble Diggings
- Big Patch Diggings
- Platteville Diggings
- Menomonee Diggings
- Beetown Diggings
- Grant River Diggings
- Pigeon Diggings
 
CHAPTER III - MINES OF GRANT COUNTY IN 1876. 218-240
- Beetown district
- Muscalunge Diggings
- Potosi district
- Rockville Diggings
- British Hollow Diggings
- Dutch Hollow Diggings
- Fairplay district
- Hazel Green district
- Platteville district
- Whig Diggings
- Big Patch Diggings
- Statistics of ore smelted in the county
- Potosi district
- Hazel Green district
 
CHAPTER IV - PRESENT CONDITION OF GRANT COUNTY MINES 241-246
- Potosi district
- Beetown district
- Platteville district
- Hazel Green district
- Wingville district
 
CHAPTER V - PRE-HISTORIC MOUNDS IN GRANT COUNTY 247-257
- Three mounds examined
- Varieties of mounds
- Localities of mounds
- Conclusions
 


PART IV - MILITARY HISTORY

CHAPTER I. - OLD WARS 261-270
- The War of 1812
- The Winnebago War
- The Black Hawk War
- The Mexican War
 
CHAPTER II. - THE CIVIL WAR, GRANT COUNTY'S ADVANCE GUARD. 271-277
- First enlistments
- The Second Wisconsin Infantry
- Bull Run
- After the battle
 
CHAPTER III - THE IRON BRIGADE 278-305
- Sixth Infantry
- Seventh Infantry
- The Iron Brigade
- Battle of Gainesville
- Second battle of Bull Run
- South Mountain
- Battery B
- Antietam
- Fitzhugh's Crossing
- Gettysburg
- Battle of the Wilderness
- Spottsylvania and Jerico Ford
- Other engagements
 
CHAPTER IV - THIRD AND FIFTH INFANTRY. 306-318
- Third Infantry
- Second Battle of Winchester
- Cedar Mountain
- Antietam
- Gettysburg
- Atlanta Campaign
- Fifth Infantry
 
CHAPTER V - EIGHTH, NINTH AND TENTH INFANTRY 326-336
- Eleventh Infantry
- Twelfth Infantry
- Sixteenth Infantry
- Nineteenth Infantry
 
CHAPTER VI - ELEVENTH, TWELFTH, SIXTEENTH, AND NINETEENTH INFANTRY. 326-336
- Eleventh Infantry
- Twelfth Infantry
- Sixteenth Infantry
- Nineteenth Infantry
 
CHAPTER VII - TWENTIETH AND TWENTY-FIFTH INFANTRY. 337-351
- Twentieth Infantry
- Battle of Prairie Grove
- Twenty-fifth Infantry
 
CHAPTER VIII - THIRTY-FIRST, THIRTY-THIRD, AND THIRTY-FIFTH INFANTRY. 352-371
- Thirty-first Infantry
- Thirty-third Infantry
- Siege of Vicksburg
- A bloody blunder at Jackson
- Red River expedition
- Thirty-fifth Infantry
 
CHAPTER IX - FORTY-FIRST TO FIFTIETH INFANTRY 372-380
- Forty-fourth Infantry
- Forty-seventh Infantry
- Forty-third Infantry
- Forty-fourth Infantry
- Forty-seventh Infantry
- Forty-ninth Infantry
- Fiftieth Infantry
 
CHAPTER X - SECOND, THIRD, AND MILWAUKEE CAVALRY AND MISCELLANEOUS ORGANIZATIONS 381-392
- Second Cavalry
- Third Cavalry
- Milwaukee Cavalry
- Miscellaneous Organizations
 
CHAPTER XI - THE SPANISH WAR
- Isolated enlistments
- Company C, Fourth Wisconsin Infantry
393-394


PART V - TOWN HISTORIES

CHAPTER I - LANCASTER, GENERAL HISTORY
- First comers
- Lancaster laid out
- The first fire
- Fires
- Murders and suicides
- Various matters
- Town officers
- Village officers
- City officers
397-424
CHAPTER II. - LANCASTER, SPECIAL HISTORY 425-452
- Manufacturies
- Banks
- Schools
- Churches
- Societies
- Newspapers
- Fire department
- Hurricane
- The Grand Army in Lancaster
 
CHAPTER III - PLATTEVILLE, GENERAL HISTORY 453-475
- First comers and first events
- The Black Hawk War
- The first school-house and church
- Small-pox
- The Bevans lead
- The gold fever
- Fires and casualties
- Town officers
- Village officers
- City officers
453-475
CHAPTER IV - PLATTEVILLE, SPECIAL HISTORY 476-512
- Railroads
- Banks
- Educational
- The Normal School
- Newspapers
- The powder mills
- Other manufactories
- Churches
- Secret Societies
- The mail
- the fire department
- Platteville Agricultural Society
- Biographical notes
 
CHAPTER V - POTOSI 513-541
- First comers
- The Jim Crow murder
- Potosi's growth
- Latimer's duel and death
- The town's decline
- Town officers
- Village officers
- Murders, suicides, and accidents
- Newspapers
- Schools
- Churches
- Societies
- Dutch Hollow
- British Hollow
- Rockville
 
CHAPTER VI - HAZEL GREEN 542-562
- Origin and growth
- Town officers
- Village officers
- The great cyclone
- Minor tragedies
- Schools
- Churches
- Societies
- Biographical notes
 
CHAPTER VII - BEETOWN 563-581
- Origin, growth, and decline of Beetown
- The Cholera
- The flood
- Town officers
- Schools and churches
- Societies
- The De Lasseaux murder
- Other killings and casualties
- "Slabtown"
 
CHAPTER VIII - JAMESTOWN 583-595
- Settlement of Town and village
- Town organization and officers
- Schools
- Post office
- Churches
- Fairplay
- The Harney murder
- Murder of Christian Keller
- Sinipee
- Kieler
 
CHAPTER IX - CASSVILLE - Partially Transcribed 10-8-2014 596-611
- Early history and growth
- Town officers
- Village officers
- Churches
- Societies
- Schools
- Biographical
 
CHAPTER X - PATCH GROVE AND WYALUSING 612-629
- Settlement of Patch Grove
- Disasters, suicides, etcetera
- Schools
- Churches
- Town organization and officers
- Wyalusing, early settlement
- Paper towns
- Town organization and officers
- Societies
- Bagley
 
CHAPTER XI - BLOOMINGTON 630-650
- Early settlers
- Tafton becomes a village
- Casualties
- The great fire
- Town organization and officers
- Village officers
- Newspapers
- Schools
- Churches
- Societies
- Blake's Prairie Agricultural Society
 
CHAPTER XII - MILLVILLE AND MOUNT HOPE 651-662
- Settlement of Millville
- Town organization and officers of Millville
- Mount Hope
- Town organization and officers of Mount Hope
 
CHAPTER XIII - BOSCOBEL 663-683
- Origin and growth
- Wisconsin River bridge
- Post-office
- Fires and fire department
- Boscobel Agricultural and Driving Association
- Trout pond
- Town organization and officers
- Village officers
- City officers
- Newspapers
- Schools
- Churches
- Societies
 
CHAPTER XIV - MUSCODA 684-697
- Early history and growth
- Muscoda Bridge
- The new town
- The great fire
- Town organization and officers
- Village officers
- Post-office
- Schools
- Churches
- Societies
- Newspapers
- Hotels
- Fayette
 
CHAPTER XV - FENNIMORE AND MOUNT IDA 698-711
- Fennimore, settlement and growth
- Fires
- Suicides
- Schools
- Churches
- Societies
- Newspapers
- Town organization and officers
- Mt. Ida
- Werley
 
CHAPTER XVI - GLEN HAVEN AND WATERLOO 712-722
- Settlement and growth of Glen Haven
- The Young tragedy
- The Jordan murder
- Town organization and officers of Glen Haven
- North Andover
- Waterloo
- Burton
 
CHAPTER XVII - WINGVILLE 723-735
- History of Montfort
- Fires
- Schools
- Post-office
- Newspapers
- Churches
- Societies
- Centerville
- Organization, population, and officers of Wingville
- Village officers
 
CHAPTER XVIIII - SMELSER
- Big Patch
- Georgetown
- Cuba City
- Elmo Station
- St. Rose Station
- Smelser, organization and officers
 
CHAPTER XIX - LIBERTY AND ELLENBORO 757-752
- Clifton
- Annaton
- Livingston
- Lima
- Arthur
 
CHAPTER XXI - HARRISON AND PARIS 760-764
- Harrison, Whig Diggings
- Town of Harrison
- McKee's saw-mill
- Paris, "Detan's" city
- Settlement and organization of Paris
- Dickeyville
 
CHAPTER XXII - WOODAN, MARION AND LITTLE GRANT 765-773
- Woodman
- Marion
- Little Grant
 
CHAPTER XXIII - WATERSTOWN, HICKORY GROVE, AND CASTLE ROCK 774-780
- Watterstown
- Blue River
- Hickory Grove
- Castle Rock
 
APPENDIX - Board of Supervisors for 1900 781

 

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