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On This Day: June 10

1837 - Dane County Pioneer Simeon Mills Arrives in Madison

On this date Dane County pioneer, Simeon Mills, arrived on the opposite shore of Lake Monona, where he persuaded two Native American boys to ferry him across the lake to the Eben Peck's log cabin. Mills was 27 years old when he arrived in Madison, having walked from Chicago. Mills held many prominent positions in Madison during its early years. He was appointed deputy postmaster in 1837 and erected the first mercantile establishment in Madison. For many years, Mills was the only Justice of the Peace in Dane County, officiating at many wedding ceremonies. Mills also served as Territorial Clerk of the Supreme Court and served as the first state senator from Dane County. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal - March 15 1891]

1837 - State Capitol Workers Arrive in Madison

On this date workmen arrived in Madison to begin construction of the first state capitol building. A ceremony to lay the building's cornerstone was to be held three weeks later, on July 4, 1837. [Source: Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles]

1837 - Darwin Clark Arrives in Madison

On this date Dane County pioneer Darwin Clark arrived in Madison, just three hours before another area pioneer, Simeon Mills, arrived. Clark arrived in Madison from Otega, New York, and worked as a carpenter on the first state capitol building. In 1844 he purchased the first plot of land and built his home. Located on Main Street, Clark also ran a furniture store out of the second floor of the structure. [Source: Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles]

1864 - (Civil War) Tenth day at Cold Harbor, Virginia

From May 31-June 12, 1864, more than 160,000 men clashed at Cold Harbor, Virginia, during the Wilderness Campaign. The 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 36th Wisconsin Infantry regiments took part. By June 10, Union leaders sensed that the stalemate at Cold Harbor was likely to end as nothing more than a bloody slaughter. They began to consider how to withdraw and attack Petersburg, Virginia, rather than Richmond.