A young boy's experience of Madison in the 1830's

Stoner's Memories: Story of Early Madison Told by One Who Arrived in 1837


George W. Stoner (1830-1912) arrived at what would become downtown Madison on Sept. 6, 1837, as a little boy. In this recollection written many years afterwards, he describes coming overland from Cleveland, building the family's log cabin near today's James Madison Park, and meeting the handful of other settlers, including the Peck family who were the first white residents. He recounts hunting and playing games with the local Indian children, the construction of the first buildings and businesses, and noteworthy events such as the first election and the first suicide (caused by a broken heart).


Related Topics: Immigration and Settlement
The Founding of Major Cities
Creator: Stoner, George W. (1830-1912)
Pub Data: Wisconsin State journal, June 6-7, 1896.
Citation: Stoner, George W. "Stoner's Memories: Story of Early Madison Told by One Who Arrived in 1837." Wisconsin State journal, June 6-7, 1896. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=942; Visited on: 7/25/2014
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