Recollections of a young mother in the Lead Region, 1826-1841

Reminiscences of Adele Gratiot

Adele Gratiot was a young mother of 24 when she moved to southwestern Wisconsin in the summer of 1826. Her husband and his brother, successful merchants in St. Louis, had decided to try their hand at mining and smelting in the Lead Region, and came north to found the village of Gratiot's Grove in Lafayette County in 1825. Mrs. Gratiot here tells the story of their move, their neighbors, and about the Winnebago War of 1827 and the Black Hawk War in 1832. She provides many details about daily life on the mining frontier as women and children experienced it in the 1820's and 1830's, including their housing, furnishings, clothing, meals, and social life.

Related Topics: Immigration and Settlement
Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
The Black Hawk War
Lead Mining in Southwestern Wisconsin
Creator: Gratiot, Adèle Maria Antoinette de Perdreauville, 1802-1873.
Pub Data: Galena Weekly Gazette, May 2, 1879; also published in Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, v. 10: 261-275
Citation: Gratiot, Adele. "An Interesting Narrative. The Reminiscences of Adele B. Gratiot..." Galena Weekly Gazette, May 2, 1879. Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 2/7/2023