Histories: Trempealeau County Historical Accounts:
"History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, 1917":
Introduction and Links to Biographies
(As transcribed from pages 282 - 283)
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO READ THIS EXPLANATION BEFORE VIEWING THE ENCLOSED BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL
Links to biographies are listed below
The intimate life of the community is best told in the personal stories of its citizens. Biographical facts not only provide permanent genealogical material for the families of which they treat, and valuable information for the historical investigator, but also furnish inspiraton for worthy emulation. In so new a county as Trempealeau there are few men who have not started as poor boys and attained their success by their own efforts. The story of their equipment for the struggle by birth, training, environment and experience is of vital significance. So, too, is the story of the men of the younger generation, who with better preparation and under more favorable circumstances, have taken up the work which their fathers have laid down.
Therefore in supplementing the general county history, the publishers of this volume and their staff have gathered biographical data from some eight hundred leading families of the county. The list is comprehensive and thoroughly representative. The research involved in collecting the material has extended over a period of two years, and during that time the opportunity has been opened to all of those who desired their family story thus recorded and preserved.
It is manifestly impossible to include every family of the past and present; such a task would be beyond human ability. The criticism that in such a work many worthy families are omitted is of little force; the scope of the book might be trebled, yet still omit many a family whom some one would like to see thus honored. And while the story of many of those here included is no more worthy of preservation than the story of many who are omitted, those here printed are thoroughly typical and represent every phase of the county's citizenship.
These biographical and genealogical sketches have been gathered from person interviews, from records and from newspapers. They have all been submitted to some member of the family most concerned. While it is believed that a high degree of accuracy has been maintained, the responsibility rests with the families themselves and not with the publishers. In a few cases sketches submitted for correction have not been returned. In such instances the duplicate has been printed, containing the facts as originally gathered.
The difficulties of gathering such a vast amount of material are many. Even brothers and sisters often give widely varying accounts, not only of the facts and dates concerning their parents, but even of the rendering of their parents' names. In a few instances, where an agreement was impossible, both versions are here given.
All personal estimates of life, character, accomplishments, worth, influence and ability have been added by the board of editors, constrained by a desire throughout to avoid extravagant laudations, though in many instances such laudations would be most thoroughly deserved.
As previously mentioned in the above introduction, there are some 800 biographies printed in this history book. They are not printed in alphabetical order. To make for easier viewing on this website, the bios have been alphabetized according to surnames, followed by given names of the subject of each sketch. Reference information containing page number, etc. is located with each biography.
Please click on the letter of interest to you:
A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z
More bios to be added as time allows
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