Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday; Centennial History of Springdale, Dane County Wisconsin 1848-1948

In 1850, my McPherson family settled in Springdale,Wisconsin. So when I first heard of the Centennial History of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin 1848-1948, my ears pricked up and I was on the search for a copy. Fate was good to me, and I acquired a copy this last summer.

Springdale, the town, no longer exists; however, many stories of the town and it's pioneers are held within this slender volume. The book includes specific rememberances of James Peter McPherson and his family, as well as many others who lived in this areas southwest of Madison Wisconsin, nestled against the hills and along the Sugar River.

The following exert, from page 105, is apparently a reprint of an obituary for William Burns McPherson, the eldest son of James Peter and Mary Burns McPherson.

William Burns McPherson
April 24, 1843 - March 15, 1926

Wisconsin and Madison lost a pioneer and Civil War officer when Major W. B. burns died in St. Cloud, Fla. He was buried beside his parents in the Verona Cemetery.

Major McPherson was born in New York, April 24, 1843. He came to Wisconsin with his parents in 1950 and soon after settled on a farm in the town of Springdale. In 1862, he enlisted in the Civil War, Co. E, 8th regiment of Wisconsin Infantry, with which he served until the end of the war.

Soon after his return he was married to Miss Razatta (Rozetta) Miles, and moved to Clark County, where eight children were born. His wife died in 1890, and he returned to Madison, where he was appointed assistant attorney general under Gov. G. W. Peck.

Major McPherson is survived by six children, Mrs. Clara Manley, Minneapolis; Charles C. McPherson, Wagner, Oklahoma; James P., Seattle, Wash.; Jabez B., Bently, Alberta; Allen V., San Francisco; and Mrs. R. L. Homes, Hawthorne, Calif.; a number of grandchildren; two brothers, James B. Mura, Minn. and Peter B., Madison; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Blair, Winter Haven, Fla, Mrs. Jessie Watts, Fargo, ND, and Mrs. Margaret Burmeister, Madison.
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  1. I love the old county/city history books. Some of my best family information has come from books like this. Congratulations on getting your hands on one! Love the photograph.

  2. Man's direct ancestor William Lashbrook settled near there, same time frame. He was in Springfield for the 1860 census. Sec. 27 of Springfield township according to the plat book. Small world!!

  3. Lori and Carol, Thank you for reading this small bit of history.
    Carol, Yes,Springfield is nearby. I raced to the book I acquired to check the name of the original owner, who happened to be Walter Losenegger, of Mt. Vernon (also close by). If the book had been from Man's family, I would gladly have returned it to a member of that family --- after, of course, having scanned it into my computer --LOL