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Histories:  Trempealeau Co. Historical Accounts:

"History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, 1917":

Chapter 7:

Gavin, Missionary

-As transcribed from page 66

The story of the settlement of Trempealeau County dates from 1836, when an attempt was made to establish a mission station at this point.  A Protestant missionary society of Basle, Switzerland, desirous of sending the gospel to the North American Indians, commissioned two young Swiss for the work. They decided upon the field among the Dakota as the most promising, and proceeded to Prairie du Chien, where they spent a short time studying the language and learning, the location of the tribes. Rev. Daniel Gavin concluded to settle near Wabasha's band, while his comrade, Samuel Denton, went on to Red Wing.



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