Weik's history of Putnam County, Indiana
All life and achievement is evolution; present wisdom comes from past experience, and present commercial prosperity has come only from past exertion and sacrifice. The deeds and motives of the men that have gone before have been instrumental in shaping the destinies of later communities and states. The development of a new country was at once a task and a privilege. It required great courage, sacrifice and privation. Compare the present conditions of the residents of Putnam county, Indiana, with what they were one hundred years ago. From a trackless wilderness and virgin prairie it has come to be a center of prosperity and civilization, with millions of wealth, systems of intersecting railways, grand educational institutions, numerous industries and immense agricultural productions. Can any thinking person be insensible to the fascination of the study which discloses the incentives, hopes, aspirations and efforts of the early pioneers who so firmly laid the foundation upon which has been reared the magnificent prosperity of later days. To perpetuate the story of these people and to trace and record the social, political and industrial progress of the community from its first inception is the function of the local historian. A sincere purpose to preserve facts and personal memoirs that are deserving of perpetuation, and which unite the present to the past, is the motive for the present publication. The historical chapters, from the able pen of Jesse W. Weik, compose a valuable collection and will prove not only of interest to the present generation, but of inestimable worth to future historians, being the result of patient toil and earnest research. In this labor. Mr. Weik has conscientiously endeavored to make his work authentic, and this fact, together with his recognized literary ability, gives a definite value to the history.
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The treaty of Greenville, which was intended to "put an end to a destructive war, settle all controversies and to restore harmony and friendly intercourse between the United States and Indian tribes," may, strictly speaking, be considered the beginning of Indiana history. It was executed at Greenville. Ohio, August 3, 1795, the contracting parties being Gen. Anthony Wayne on the part of the United States and ninety "sachems and war chiefs" representing the Wyandot, Delaware, Shawnee, Ottawa, Chippewa, Pottawatomie, Miami, Eel River, Wea, Kickapoo, Piankeshaw and Kaskaskia tribes of Indians.