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On This Day: January 10

1849 - Sauk County Divided into Townships

On this date Sauk County was divided into six townships: Honey Creek, Prairie du Sac, Kingston, Eagle, Brooklyn, and Baraboo. [Source: Sauk County Historical Society]

1864 - (Civil War) Skirmish at Mossy Creek, Tennessee

The 1st Wisconsin Cavalry fought in a skirmish near Mossy Creek, Tennessee.

1865 - Mary Ingalls Born

On this date Mary Amelia Ingalls was born in Pepin, Wisconsin. Mary was the older sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "Little House" series. After a bout with scarlett fever, Mary went blind in 1879. On November 23, 1881, she enrolled in the College for the Blind in Vinton, Iowa. She died in Keystone, South Dakota in 1928. [Source: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library]

1883 - Newhall House Fire

On this date in 1883, one of America's worst hotel fires claimed more than seventy lives when the Newhall House burned at the northwest corner of Broadway and Michigan Streets in Milwaukee. Rescued from the fire were The P.T. Barnum Lilliputian Show performers Tom Thumb and Commodore Nutt. The fire, shown here, was discovered at 4:00 a.m. on the 10th, but sources give the date variously as 1/9/1883 or 1/10/1883. [Sources: The History of Wisconsin, Vol. 3, p.452; WLHBA]