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Histories:  Trempealeau Co. Historical Accounts:

"History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, 1917":

Chapter 10:

Rainey Valley

-As transcribed from pages 172 - 173


In 1865 John Rainey, with his wife, settled on lands in sections 19, 21 and 9; James Hunter, a son-in-law, settled on lands in sections 20, 21 and 9; John Berner on lands in sections 29, 19 and 9; and Truman Bric on lands in 19 and 30, 19-9 west.  They were the pioneers in the valley.

The valley is about two miles long, and branching in section 20 runs westerly one and a half miles into section 19.  Later these lands all changed hands; John D. Rainey soon became the owner of lands settled by John Barner, and Samuel Rainey, James Pringle and others settled in the valley, and numerous parties took up the hill and bluff lands.  The valley and the hill farms became valuable and have long been some of the most desireable about the village of Arcadia.

In 1865 David Bennett and his brother William Bennett settled across the river, northeast of Arcadia, and were also pioneers.  John Weaver may be said to have been an early settler, as may also Casper Smith.  John Rainey, James Hunter, John D. Rainey and Samuel Rainey were the most prominent of the pioneers and early settlers in the valley.  Mrs. Catherin Hunter, later known as Catherine J. Beveridge, took an active part in the interests of the valley in early days.

(By Stephen Richmond.)





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