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Volume Listing > Volume 23 > The division fight in Waukesha County

Schlicher, John Jacob, 1869- "The division fight in Waukesha County"


The Division Fight in Waukesha County: This article explains how Waukesha County came into existence. In 1845, representative Jacob H. Kimball (1800 - date not verified) introduced a bill providing a transfer of the county seat from Milwaukee to Prairieville (present-day Waukesha). Prairieville was the largest settlement outside the city of Milwaukee and also the center of abolition sentiment in the West, serving as an active terminus of the 'underground railway.' The 'Prairieville quartet,' comprised of Alexander F. Pratt (1813-1874), William A. Barstow (1813-1865), Alexander Randall (1819-1872), and Andrew E. Elmore (1814-1906), then devised a plan to divide Milwaukee to form a new county. The article describes issues surrounding the proposed bills and credits the Milwaukee press with remaining neutral during the fight. However, people on both sides of the division-issue released their own publications and propaganda, several of which are included in the article. In 1846, citizens voted in favor of division, thereby creating Waukesha County with Prairieville as the county seat. (19 pages)

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Citation: Schlicher, John Jacob, 1869- "The division fight in Waukesha County" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 23 /Issue: 4 (1939-1940)

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