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.
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.