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Incidents and anecdotes of early days and history of business in the city and county of Fond du Lac from early times to the present : personal reminiscences, remarkable events, election results, military history, etc. online

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/m^ IME flies; days, weeks, months and years rush, into the past with
\^^ astounding rapidity. Half centuries pass over our heads and we
hardly realize it. Every day of these rushing years we are helping,
more or less, in the development of events which become history to
those who are to follow us.

Rushing through the affairs of daily life, absorbed in business, we do
not stop to consider the importance of collecting and preserving historical
facts and relics, although we concede that simple justice to the old in years
who have shaped the history of their time, as well as for the help, guidance
and gratification of the young, that a record of important events should be
made and relics collected and preserved. In the present condition, many of
the interesting and important events in the history of the city and county of
Fond du Lac, are practically lost to the people of today because of the widely
scattered sources from which they can be obtained and the time requisite for
the search. A few relics and curiosities of the early days of the city and
county have been collected by private parties, and very many more might be
obtained from old residents and the few pioneers who are yet living. Many
of these, of peculiar historical interest, as the years pass, may be wholly lost
or destroyed. To this extent at least, delay is dangerous and every active
citizen unquestionably feels that no further time should be lost in this

Impobtant to the Community. — A true record of the time and place of
important events, in a form of easy and prompt access, is almost a necessity;
when noted enterprises originated and how developed; dates of individual and
society efforts in public affairs; when public improvements were entered upon
and when completed; dates and results of local elections, and a wide range
in the histories of churches and societies. Is there one person in the city to-
day who can readily and promptly answer the questions of how many and
what regiments went into camp heire at the time of the war of the rebellion
and where their camps were located; what military companies were organized
wholly or in part in this city or county and to what regiments were they
assigned for duty; who of the Fond du Lac men returned from the war with
military rank higher than first sergeant; what is the record of this city as to
independent military companies; where is the ground upon which the first
house in this city was built, and for whom; what was the starting point of
our present public library, who was identified with xc and what changes and
vicissitudes has it passed through in reaching its present grand proportions;
Lake Winnebago navigation — when, where and by whom was first steamboats
built and the names of them; when were our railroads built; when, where

and by whom were first artesian wells drilled and from which we get the
name "Fountain City"; the straightening of the river, together with hundreds
of like interesting subjects.

Important to Individuals. — Correct records place individuals in rightful
positions in matters of local history, of which they are often deprived or re-
garding which they are more frequently misrepresented because of incorrect

There are now about 45 men and 12 women living in Fond du Lac who
were residents in 1850 or earlier, and of those who have lived here 45 years
and less than 50 years, there are about 120 men and 45 women, a total of but
about 225 people in Fond du Lac today who have lived here more than 45
years. Of fals total, only about 57 resided here in 1850 or earlier. In the
natural course of things, these people must now rapidly pass away. Their
memory cannot be depended upon much longer, and with them must go per-
sonal knowledge of events in pioneer days. Is it not important then, that
means be adopted to preserve the facts and such relics as may yet be gath-
ered bearing upon the early history of Fond du Lac. We have a State His-
torical Society, of which every intelligent citizen of tine state is proud, and
like local societies now exist in many of the cities of the state, among them
Milwaukee, Kenosha, Waukesha, Janesville, Beloit, La Crosse, Eau Claire,
Osihkosh, Green Bay, and even so small a city as Ripon has a prosperous
society for this work. Such a society, with its collection of records and
relics, is able to claim and prove what rightfully belongs to the locality and
its citizens. And in after years, those wTno were at the front in shaping the
destiny of Fond du Lac, wiil not be wholly lost to the memory of their suc-

At least five histories of the state and three of the county, have been
compiled and printed by others, and may be readily consulted when desired,
therefore for this work it is desirable to speak only of personal and city
matters. Some errors will creep in though the most determined efforts are
made to avoid them. The writer has been familiar with the scenes and with
the people for nearly sixty years and has endeavored to avoid the provoking
mistakes of those who have preceded him.

The pioneers who settled this county worked under disadvantages, but

success followed hard work. They came, they saw, they conquered the land

to the south of Lake Winnebago, and today we have one of the grandest

sections of the great state of Wisconsin.


Vrofit by the Vast;

Live for the Present;

Hope for the Future,


Our Independent Military Companies and Part Taken in the War

of the Rebellion. Company E and the Part it Took

in the Spanish-American War.

Fond du Lac National Guard.

Few people residing in Fond du Lac today, have knowledge of
the fact that at a comparatively early day of the city's history, there
was a military company here known as the Fond du Lac National
Guard, of which D. E. Wood was Captain, D. E. Hoskins, First
Lieutenant, J. W. Partridge, Second Lieutenant, E. H. Jones,
Orderly. It was organized in 1857, and with its beautiful uniforms
and soldierly movements, was the pride of the young city. An inci-
dent of state historical interest, was the loss and recovery of some of
the cbmpany's arms. T. S. Weeks was the company Armorer, and
as such, kept and cared for the guns. One morning while the excite-
ment was on in connection with the arrest of the negro Glover under
the provisions of the fugitive slave law and rushing him from Mil-
waukee to Ripon for concealment, these company arms suddenly
disappeared and immediately the question for investigation was, who
took them and where were they? The feeling was high over the
rescue of Glover from the custody of the U. S. Marshal, and the
determination to hide and protect him shown by Booth, Rycraft and
the anti-slave element at Milwaukee, and La Grange. Daniels,
Pickett and their friends at Ripon. The U. S. ]\Iarshal and deputies,
the latter including F. D. McCarty, then Sheriff of this county, and
John S. Horner, of Ripon. were in lively pursuit, and it was feared
by many that there might be trouble. The morning that Tom Weeks
discovered the guns were gone, followed a night of considerable ex-
citement at Ripon, and the evening of that day occurred the memor-
able gate-pin scene, a standing joke in the region for many years.
The joke was perpetrated in this way : Glover was supposed to be
and in reality was concealed on the premises of Armine Pickett, five
miles northeast of Ripon, and McCarty, Horner and two other men,
whose names are lost to history, proceeded in that direction. In
front of -the Pickett home was a gate of heavy proportions, and to
hold it in place when not in use, a pin was used in a hole bored in
the gate-post. Arriving at the scene in the dusk of the evening, the
officers were met by Mr. Pickett, who led the way through the gate,
but just as he passed through, he seized the gate-pin, and in a very
determined manner threatened to shoot if they did not get out of
there. And they got at a lively rate, for they imagined the gate-pin
to be a revolver and knew Pickett to be a man of determination. It


seems Judge Horner was slow to run and was led away by an animal
yoke around his neck.

But as to the guns — Lieut. Hoskins by careful and persistent
detective work, found that Colwert Pier, 3-oung and full of political
enthusiasm, led the boys who took away the guns, and explaining
the penalty to them, the guns next morning were found in their usual
place and the scene closed.

But as to the subsequent career of the National Guard, the beauti-
fully uniformed and well equipped military company. Its ending
was neither bright or pleasing. It went out because the men tired
of it and did not come out for drill. Gen. C. S. Hamilton, a graduate
of West Point and a Mexican war veteran, then a resident of Fond
du Lac and known as Capt. Hamilton, agreed to drill the company,
and faithfully did so when he could get enough of the men to come
to make it worth while. Amory Hall was used for a drill room, and
while some worked hard to become proficient, others were said to
be too lazy for anything and especially so for military duty. Result —
the company died in i860 from neglect. There was a total of sixty-
four men in the ranks, comprising many of the most popular young
men in the city. Capt. D. E. Wood, afterward Colonel of the 14th
Regiment in the war, was a remarkably fine appearing ofificer, as also
w^ere Lieutenants Hoskins and Partridge, and when they appeared
on the streets. Fond du Lac people were proud of them. Capt. Wood
was full six feet tall, well proportioned and as straight as an arrow.

For many years preceding the war, there was a great deal of
pride taken in local military companies, and nearly all cities had them.
Fond du Lac was not an exception. But the war came and the
people had all the military side of life they cared for. Few such
companies are in existence now outside of regular state authority.
The National Guard is recognized by most of the states, but the
companies are on a far different basis than those of ante-war times.

Of the members of this the first military company in Fond du
Lac, E. H. Jones, Milt. Ewen, T. S. Weeks, Fred Kalk, C. L. Pierce,
are the only ones known to be now living.

A full history of the S. M. Booth troubles before spoken of. may
be found in the History of Wisconsin by Moses M. Strong.

Hibernian Guards.

The Hibernian Guards was an acti\'e military company in exist-
ence in Fond du Lac in 1861 when the war of the rebellion started.
It was composed of ninety-three of the active young Irishmen then
living here. They had an armory at the corner of Johnson and Ban-
nister streets, where they met for drill, but when the weather would
permit drilled on a large parade ground where St. Patrick's church
now stands. The of^cers of the company were:

Captain — James Maginnis.

First Lieutenant — Samuel Ray.

Second Lieutenant — Martin Curran.

First Sergeant — Edward Midglc}-.

Lieutenant Ray had seen service in the Mexican war as a captain


and was the drill master. When news came of the firing upon Fort
Sumter and excitement was great, the young men in the ranks of the
Hibernians partook of the feeling that prevailed and expressed
themselves as ready to enter the army and take part in putting down
the rebellion. Two days after the news came the men were called
out by Capt. Maginnis and directed to meet at the court house at
7 :30 p. m. to formally offer their services to the government. The
boys were there almost to a man and after some patriotic speeches,
Capt. Maginnis formally made the offer of services. But now came
an incident that caused a row and broke up the meeting. S. E.
Lefiferts, holding a commission as Quartermaster General in the
state militia from Gov. Randall, was present, and after the remarks
by Capt. Alaginnis, was said to have declared that "there are enough
young Americans to put down this trouble inside of ninety days and
we do not want any red faced foreigners." Air. Lefferts soon dis-
covered that this remark was a foolish one and disappeared, so that
the men could not find him for punishment. The men then formed
in company order, marched to their armory, stacked arms and voted
unanimously to disband. The governor was notified and the guns
and entire equipment returned to Madison. This ended the Hiber-
nian Guards of Fond du Lac, after an existence of something more
than two years. The company was under command of very com-
petent officers and was well drilled. The uniform was quite showy
and they made a most handsome appearance on the street. The war
came along after the disbanding and it was found by examination
of the muster roll, that nearly all the members became soldiers in
other companies. The war gave the people enough of military duty
and experience and there has not since been that desire for independ-
ent military companies that existed before.

It is proper to state here that Mr. Lefferts contended that he
did not make the statement a^ charged, but what he did say was that
there were enough active young men in this country to put down
this trouble inside of ninety days, and made no allusion to Irishmen
or foreigners.

Fond du Lac in the War.

It is doubtful if there was a county in the state that showed
more patriotism and showed it more promptly than Fond du Lac.
On that bright April morning of 1861, when the news flashed over
the wires that Fort Sumter had been fired upon, Fond du Lac people
were fully aroused. There was no daily paper here then, but so
eager were we for news that at noon of each day A. T. Glaze printed
a dodger at Beeson's Job Office, containing the telegrams obtainable,
and about two hundred of these were quickly sold at five cents each.
Captain, afterwards General Hamilton, was sure to be on hand to
get one of the first copies. When the call for troops was issued,
Co. I, First Wisconsin, was filled to the maximum in less than two
days, and the names on the muster roll were from Fond du Lac's
brightest young business men. It was thought at Washington that
"it would not be much of a shower" and the call was for three months'


service. Then came the enlistment for three years or during the war
and nearly all of the Co. I boys put their names to this roll, but they
were now Co. K. Capt. J. V. McCall had good reasons to be proud
of his boys.

Capt. E. S. Bragg and First Lieutenant E. A. Brown organized
Co. E of the 6th Wisconsin. The company was enlisted for the 2d
Regiment but was assigned to the Sixth and Col. Lysander Cutler
took a splendid body of men to the Army of the Potomac. Capt.
Bragg was rapidly promoted and became the general in command
of the renowned Iron Brigade, composed of the 6th and 7th Wiscon-
sin, 19th Indiana and 24th Michigan. Capt. Brown was killed at
Antietam, and disease thinned the ranks. Col. J. A. Watrous came
to the company from Appleton. It was a sorry scene that September
evening at dusk, as the funeral procession of Capt. Brown slowly
moved through Main street to the Pier cemetery.

Col. D. E. Wood, Surgeon W. H. Walker and Chaplain J. B.
■Rogers were Fond du Lac men. Co. A, Capt. Lyman ]\I. Ward, was
mostly recruited here. There were some Fond du Lac men in other
companies of this regiment, but the names are not now obtainable.
Col. Wood cam.e home sick and died at home, early in the war, and
Capt. Ward became the colonel.

Lieutenant, afterwards Captain Martin Curran, took a goodly
number of Fond du Lac men to Milwaukee to join the 17th or Irish
regiment. Col. John L. Doran.

First Lieut. Edward Colman became Colonel of the i8th Regi-
ment and former Lieut. Governor Beall, was Lieut. Colonel.

The 2ist was a grand regiment, all of the men from this
part of the state and in its ranks were many Fond du Lac county
men. Capt. Alex White, Co. A, Capt. Edgar Conklin, Co. F, Capt.
George Bentley, Co. H and their Lieutenants, Milt. Ewen, Fred L.
Clark and T. F. Strong, Jr., together with Ed. Delany, of Co. I, and
Surgeon S. J. Carolin, were all Fond du Lac men.

The 32d Regiment was one of the grandest that left the state.
Capt. C. H. DeGroat, Co. A, afterwards Colonel, W. R. Hodges, Co.
B, and Capt. W. S. Burrows, Co. H, and Lieutenants Thos. Bryant
and J. K. Pompelly, were all Fond du Lac men. Captains G. G.
Woodruff and M. B. Pierce were from Waupun. This regiment made
a grand record at Memphis, before Atlanta and in Sherman's mem-
orable "march to the sea." Their long march ended in the streets
of Washington.

Col. C. K. Pier was transferred from the First and given com-
mand of the 38th Regiment, which did some rough work near Rich-
mond, where Col. Pier was seriously wounded.

In the skeleton infantry regiments which followed to the end of
the war, were many Fond du Lac men.

The 1st Cavalry was organized at Ripon by Prof. Ed. Daniels
and O. H. La Grange. It camped on the college campus, but the
feet of the horses so cut the ground that it required three or four
years to get it smooth again. Col. Daniels had to quit the regiment
on account of poor health and Col. La Grange was in command to


the end of the war. Maj. H. S. Eggleston, of Ripon, died of disease,
but Maj. H. S. Town survived the war and aied in 1897. Capt. Hugh
La Grange died of disease before the close of the war. Col. N.
Boardman belonged to the Second Cavalry.

The Fourth Infantry was reorganized for the cavalry service,
and among its members was the late Capt. Elihu Colman.

The Third Wisconsin Battery had its origin at Ripon. Lu. H.
Drury, the well known editor, was the Captain. This battery
changed its light guns for four thirty-two-pounders, with ten horses
each, and did tremendous work in several battles. Capt. Drury was
shot through the lungs before Atlanta, but recovered.

When seven batteries were called for from this state, in 1862,
Alex. White's Co. A, of the Twenty-first Regiment, was recruited
for one of them, but failed to get ready in time and went into the
infantry. •

The draft of 1863 did not strike Fond du Lac hard, as the quota
of men had been provided for. A few towns were struck pretty hard.
In the draft of 1864, the same towns were struck, but in the last
draft, in 1865, just before the close of the war, the wheel did not turn
in this county at all. A few years after the war some very foolish
falsehoods gained currency about the drafts and other events, and
some of them found their way into an alleged history of the county.
It is to be regretted that any of these stories got into print. Should
the reader find one of them, let him reflect that it is a lie, told long
after the alleged occurrence.

The amount of money paid by private parties for substitutes,
could only be guessed at, but there w^ere many of them and it must
have been large in the total. The estimate was that the city paid
about $100,000 in bounties. The city paid $30,000 at one time. Some
of these bounty soldiers ran away from service, but the number that
deserted was but a small fraction of the number that has been
stated to be bounty jumpers. Many men were enlisted in Fond du
Lac, Ripon and Waupun by men who aspired to commands, and
taken to other places, some of them out of the state. These we often
got no credit for on our quotas.

Capt. Charles S. Hamilton was an old time resident of Fond du
Lac, coming here in 1849. He was a graduate of West Point and a
Mexican war veteran. As Colonel he took the Third Wisconsin to
the Army of the Potomac, but was soon promoted to command of a
brigade in the western army. Other well known Fond du Lac men
in the army were Gen. Roswell M. Sawyer, Surgeon H. M. Lilly, Capt.
J. V. Frost, Col. Bertine Pinkney, Surgeon H. L. Barnes, Capt. Thos.
H. Green, Capt. Thos. Bryant, Capt. W. S. Burrows, Capt. J. A.
Watrous, Capt. Hiram K. Edwards, Col. Delos A. Ward, Capt. Milt.
Ewen, Capt. L. H. D. Crane, Col. Geo. W. Carter, Surgeon W. H.
Walker, Surgeon D. A. Raymond, Capt. J- O. Ackerman, Capt. C. H.
Benton, Capt. Geo. E. Sutherland, Capt. Michael Mangan, Maj. A.
E. Bovay and Maj. K. M. Adams.

In this list of commissioned officers should be the Lieutenants,
but the names of many of them are among the things forever lost



by lapse of time. Besides these, Fond du Lac county had in the
ranks as private soldiers, more than two thousand of as brave men
as ever shouldered a musket or swapped tobacco, whiskey or bacon
with a Johnnie on the picket line.

Fond du Lac Guards.

In late years so well known as Co. E, had its origin at a meeting
held at the law ofifice of Geo. E. Sutherland, on Forest street, on the
evening of March 25, 1880. Notice of the meeting was published in
the Daily Commonwealth on that day, and pursuant to the notice,
twenty-foiir men assembled in the evening to organize a military
company as a part of the Wisconsin National Guard. The following
named men signed the roll :

A. W. Starr.
J. E. Sullivan.
Frank A. Flower.
Sumner L. Brasted.
George S. Burrows,
E. M. Moore.

Frank Wallace.
J. C. Kenneally.
Ed. Foulkes.
J. D. Radford.
A. F. Starr.
F. S. Wiley.

J. C. Murphy.

A. H. Rottmeyer.

C. M. Cooley.

J. R. Libbey.

A. D. Estabrooks.

J. B. Gibson.

E. A. Hanks.
J. J. Kunze.
J. L. Martin.
J. H. Morse.
C. L. Handt.
M. L. Normile.

After appointing a recruiting committee, the meeting was ad-
journed one week, to meet at the council rooms. April ist the mert
met and the following names were added to the roll :

A. A. Kelly
J. Q. Haas.
F. A. Dawes.
J. E. Kent.
Jolin E. Waters.
C. J. Hunter.
Waldo Sweet.

Fred. Eycleshimer. E. A. Galloway.

Lamont Hunter.
Otto Fetters. .
W. H. Shattuck.
Lester Noble.
F. A. Brasted.

P. B. Haber
C. R. Boardman.
E. T. Tallmadge.
H. T. Sackett.
Frank Sweet.

Richard Furcell.
John Rogers.
E. A. Little.
C. A. Erhart.
Harrison Fade.
Fred French.

Governor Smith having been applied to for a mustering officer
to muster the company into the Wisconsin National Guard, notice
was received that Jerome A. Watrous, of the governor's stafif, had
been appointed. At the meeting of April 7, the following additional
members signed the roll :

C. E. Dickinson.
H. R. Potter.
J. C. Hanson.
O. C. Davis.

R. H. O'Meara.
Geo. B. Sweet.
E. A. Adams.
John Hamilton.

.John Magnussen
W. T. Treleven.
C. T. Galland.

F. S. Lippett.
E. A. Lang.
W. H. Olmsted.

The ten days' notice having been given by publication, the
mustering officer met the coiupany on April 21, but it was found that
the company was two men short of the required minimum of sixty-
five men, and an adjournment of twenty minutes was taken and the
following named men signed the roll, bringing it to a total of sixty-
eight :

R. M. Wilson. F. F. Duffy.

H. W. Wilkner. T. H. Shepard.

Joseph Carberry.

The company having complied with all the requirements of law,,
was. mustered into the service of the state April 21, 1880. The men
were evidently very fond of band music, for on May 5, they incurred


a debt of $57.00, and in August $40 more, but the soldiers and sailors'
reunion, at Milwaukee, donated $100 to the company, which helped
it out of debt for music. All through its early life the company had
ups and downs of all sorts as all new organizations do. It required
administrative power of a high order to keep the company on its
feet. Jealousy crept in, of course, and some of the men were constant
breeders of discord. But Capt. Brasted was a man of force and kept
trouble at the lowest point.

After the company had been mustered in, the following commis-
sioned officers were elected :

Captain — Sumner L. Brasted.

First Lieutenant — John C. Kenneally.

Second Lieutenant — Charles J. Hunter.

Commissioned Officers-
Following have been the commissioned officers of Co. E from
the organization of the company to the present time :

Captain S. L. Brasted, commissioned Captain April 7, 1880;
Colonel May 21, 1883. Died 1886.

Captain C. J. Hunter, commissioned Captain August i, 1883,
promoted to Major February 24, 1892.

Online LibraryA. T GlazeIncidents and anecdotes of early days and history of business in the city and county of Fond du Lac from early times to the present : personal reminiscences, remarkable events, election results, military history, etc. → online text (page 1 of 40)