Leading Events in Johnson County, Iowa
This volume, containing an account of the leading events in the history of Johnson county, Iowa, is sent out with the hope that it will, in a measure, fill a long felt want. Heretofore the citizens of this fair county have had no permanent and adequate record of the struggles and trials of the early settlers. Nor has there been published heretofore in intelligent and condensed form a comprehensive history of the county. The publishers feel under obligation to the author, Professor Aurner, for the splendid work he has done in the writing and the compilation of this publication. In his work he had the hearty assistance and cooperation of many of those who came here in the early days. To all who have aided in this work our thanks are given. Especial mention must be made of the late Hon. Gilbert R. Irish, whose advice and counsel were of material assistance, and without whose contributions of early historical matter it would not have been possible to present this work in so complete a form. We beg leave to express the hope that the work will be found of interest and of value to all those at present in the county as well as to those who may make this place their home in the future.
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Could the pioneers of the county be brought together from all the past and be heard at one time the topics of the conversation would probably fall upon the days of their arrival in this unsettled portion of the country called, soon after, Johnson county, Wisconsin territory. All the arrivals had the same experiences, if these are considered as those of "emigrants seeking a new home." They would tell practically the same story of the trip from the home in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and possibly Maine, with a few from Virginia and Kentucky. They spent weeks in making the trip. They brought stock, driving the cattle along with the train of wagons, and leisurely making the journey with the intention of remaining when they finally reached their destination. It may have been that some of the "men folks" had come on in advance and made ready a log cabin, or it may have been, which is more likely, that some neighbor in the east had settled somewhere in this community and the family would take in one more until a cabin could be thrown together from the rough logs of the timber, which then was plentiful enough for such purposes.