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Histories:  Trempealeau Co. Historical Accounts:

"History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, 1917":

Chapter 23:  More Historical Papers

Early Adventures

-As transcribed from pages 900 - 901

At the time of the Indian Massacre of 1862, the settlers were greatly frightened, and many left.  George Hale, who was working for the Markhams at Independence, went to Fountain City with a team, and obtained a keg of powder and lead.  The settlers were determined to hold their ground against all comers.  The Watson family from the town of Hale fled to the Markham house for mutual protection.  But the Indiands did not come.  Some time previous to the Massacre the Indians borrowed a rifle from Giles Cripps, promising to return it a little later.  Cripps made sure he had lost his gun and was greatly surprised some weeks later when the Indian returned the rifle in good condition.  Crippse felt sure that the gun had been in use at Mankato in the Indian uprising.

In early days, great difficulty was often encountered in obtaining a physician.  During the second winter or early fall that the Markhams were here, Mr. Lyne, the tutor, was taken dangerously ill.  George H. Markham started on foot for Black River Falls, fording the Trempealeau River and other streams.  He took supper at Jim Finn's place east of Blair, and found Dr. Hutchinson, of Black River Falls, who gave him some medicine and promised to follow later.  Mr. Markham then ate some food, and set out immediately, reaching home within 24 hours of the time he started, after having covered a distance of over 70 miles.

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