A woman's memoir of the founding of Sheboygan
Mrs. Horace Stone tells intensely interesting tale
In this short memoir, Mrs. Stone relates how at the age of 22 she came to Sheboygan with her husband to begin a new life in the West. She describes construction of the town's first buildings, the operation of the first lighthouse (which she tended), sailing vessels on Lake Michigan, and her ambivalent relations with the local Menominee and Ojibwe Indians. While fearing some of her Indian neighbors, she let others take her infant into their homes unattended, and talks candidly of the destabilizing role that alcohol played in Indian-white relations. Though dictated many years after the events it describes, her account reveals the apprehension, racism, and paternalism shared by many of the first white settlers in Wisconsin, and gives a vivid picture of one woman's experience on the frontier.