Monday, October 10, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: History of Springdale by James P. McPherson, Esq. - Pt. 4 Of Stores & Post Offices

 
In 1877 , Wm. J. Parks, Co., published a history of Madison, Dane Co, and the surrounding villages and towns in Dane Co., Wisconsin.  Contributors from the various locales provided information, pictures, and maps for the  book.  My great-great grandfather James P. McPherson wrote the portion about the  history of Springdale (p. 806, Dane County Towns, Springdale).  Because of its length,  the Springdale history will be published on this blog in several parts. In  Part 4,  McPherson tells of stores and post offices.

 SPRINGDALE
By James P. McPherson, Esq.


Part 4, Springdale,Of Stores and Post Offices

In 1859, Mr. George West opened a store on section 11, near what is now the Contarf post office. He continued in business about a year, and was succeeded by Messers, Peter Quigly, John C. Thompson, Thos. Managan, and Patric Carrr. Mr. Carr has continued in business there for about fourteen years, has a large stock of goods, suitable for the locality, does and extensive and increasing trade with the citizens ofr Springdale, Verona, and Cross Plains.

The first post office in the town, Springdale was established in 1850. Mr. Thos B. Miles was appointed postmaster, and retained the office until December 1866 when he resigned.

There are now three post offfices in the town, Springdale on Section 25, J. P. McPherson, postmaster; Mount Vernon, I. G. Brader, Sr., postmaster; and Clontarf, on section 12, P. Carr, Postmaster.


PUBLISHED  & COPYRIGHT
BY WM. J. PARK & CO.,  1877.
BOOKSELLERS, STATIONERS AND BINDERS, 11 KING STREET.
DAVID ATWOOD, STEREOTYPER AND PRINTER, MADISON, WIS.

4 comments:

  1. I was surprised at how quickly people have organized their small town. A real lesson of civil government.
    LNB

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  2. wiolwaker, thanks for reading. The diary of J.P. McPherson's diary is a real lesson in civil government. His entries showed that those farmer/pioneers took their responsibilities seriously, whether it be collecting taxes, working on the school, establishing and working on roads, working with the county on the poor farm, or just the day to day taking care of the village business. There was a significant cadre of folks willing to do their part.

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  3. When I read this post I realized that Springdale is near Madison. (I probably should have known that from previous posts--but somehow never thought about which area of the state Springdale was located in.) It's an interesting area of the state.

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  4. funny... we can all use lessons from those folks now in our efforts to re build grassroots community! thanx for sharing as always Joan!

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