History of Rice County
In the compilation of the History of Rice County it has been the aim of the Publishers to present a local history, comprising, in a single volume of convenient form, a varied fund of information, not only of interest to the present, but from which the coming searcher for historic data may draw without the tedium incurred in its preparation. There is always more or less difficulty, even in a historical work, in selecting those things which will interest the greatest number of readers. Individual tastes differ so widely, that what may be of absorbing interest to one, has no attractions for another. Some are interested in that which concerns themselves, and do not care to read of even the most thrilling adventures where they were not participants. Such persons are apt to conclude that what they are not interested in is of no value, and its preservation in history a useless expense. In the settlement of a new County or a new Township, there is no one person entitled to all the credit for what has been accomplished. Every individual is a part of the great whole, and this work is prepared for the purpose of giving a general resume of what has thus far been done to plant the civilization of the present century in Rice County.
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Minnesota's Central Position. — D'Avagour's Prediction. — Nicolet's Visit to Green Bay. — First White Men in Minnosota. — Notices of Groselliers and Radisson. — Hurons Flee to Minnesota. — Visited by Frenchmen. — Father Menard Disappears. — Groselliers Visits Hudson's Bay. — Father Allouez Describes the Sioux Mission at La Pointe. — Father Marquette. - Sioux at Sault St. Marie. — Jesuit Missions Fail.— Groselliers Visits England. — Captain Gillam, of Boston, at Hudson's Bay. — Letter of Mother Superior of Ursulines., at Quebec. - Death of Groselliers.