History of Trempealeau County, Wisconsin

 

Table of Contents

CHAPTER I
EARLY WISCONSIN, 1-16

CHAPTER II
GEOLOGY, 17-25

CHAPTER III
ARCHAEOLOGY, 26-35

CHAPTER IV
GOVERNMENTAL JURISDICTION, 36-40

CHAPTER V
REIGN OF THE INDIANS, 41-51

CHAPTER VI
EXPLORERS AT TREMPEALEAU MOUNTAIN. 52-64

CHAPTER VII
EARLY SETTLEMENT, 65-69

CHAPTER VIII
LOCALITY SETTLEMENTS, 70-105

CHAPTER IX
COUNTY GOVERNMENT, 106-128

CHAPTER X
HISTORICAL PAPERS, 129-223

CHAPTER XI
MODERN VILLAGES, 224-254

CHAPTER XII
NEWSPAPERS, 255-260

CHAPTER XIII
RAILROADS AND TELEPHONES, 261-269

CHAPTER XIV
PLACE NAMES, 270-281

CHAPTER XV
BIOGRAPHY, 282-801

CHAPTER XVI
BANKS AND BANKING, 802-810

CHAPTER XVII
DAIRY INTERESTS, 811-816

CHAPTER XVIII
NORWEGIAN LUTHERAN CHURCHES, 817-835

CHAPTER XIX
CATHOLIC CHURCH IN TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, 836-851

CHAPTER XX
OTHER CHURCHES, 852-863

CHAPTER XXI
BENCH AND BAR, 864-866

CHAPTER XXII
SKETCH OF THE TOWN OF PIGEON, 868-882

CHAPTER XXIII
MORE HISTORICAL PAPERS, 883-908

CHAPTER XXIV
SOURCES, 910-913

SOURCE MATERIAL
(Chapters X and XIII)

 

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The hills and valleys of Trempealeau County have made their striking appeal to the human mind since the far distant days of prehistoric man. The venerable heights have witnessed the coming and going of successive races and unnumbered generations. Its crags have watched the building of Indian mounds in the ages now dark with oblivion, and have heard the aboriginal legends told and retold changing as they drifted through the centuries, until they have died away and been for- gotten. They have looked down on the haunt of the Indians whose hunting-ground abounded with game, and whose canoes were the only vessels on the waters of the Mississippi. And they have seen the early French explorers, driven by the restless spirit of adventure and the love of conquest, work their way through the wilderness into the remote regions of the unexplored country. They have beheld the self-sacrificing missionaries braving the perils of the savage-infested regions of the land, for the purpose of lifting the barbarous mind of the Indian to a religious plane; and they have witnessed the fur trader with his hunters, trappers and voyageurs penetrating the remote parts of the county in quest of furs. And at last they saw the coming of the pioneers, who clambered up their sides and broke the silence of the solitude by felling the scattered and scanty trees for cabin homes. These tillers of the soil established permanent homes, and today, far and wide over the surface of the county, are rich farms; thus has the favorite hunting-ground of the Indian been transformed by the march of our Western civilization.

Trempealeau County is in the western part of Wisconsin, on the Mississippi River. It is bounded on the east by Jack- son County, on the north by Eau Claire County, on the west by Buffalo County, and on the south by La Crosse County, as well as by Winona County across the Mississippi River in Minnesota.