Histories: Trempealeau Co. Historical Accounts:
"History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, 1917":
-As transcribed from page 66
At Prairie du Chien Gavin secured the services as interpreter and man of all work of a Swiss emigrant, Louis Stram. Together they proceeded to Trempealeau and built a loghouse east of Mountain Lake, at the site of a clear spring.6 Stram opened a farm and endeavored to teach the Indians agricuiture, but Wabasha, their chief, did not take kindly either to the mission or the farming, and after the treaty of 1837, by which all the Sioux claim east of the Mississippi was ceded to the United States, Gavin abandoned the mission and joined his confrere in Red Wing.7 Although the enterprise was temporary, it was the first attempt made in the county in the nature of a permanent settlement and was the first farming therein under the direction of a white man.8
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6 - Nearly three miles northwest of the village of Trempealeau on the Trowbridge farm. The cellar and stones from the chimney could be seen in 1888, The excavation can still be seen, 1917.-E. D. P.
7 - Lyman C. Draper, Early French Forts in Western Wisconsin, Wis. Hist. Colls., X, 367; also note to same article, 506-507. See also: Minn. Hist. Colls., VI, 134. An official report in 1838 (U. S. Executive Documents, 1, 494) says: "Mr. D. Gavin removes this year from the 'Mountain in the Waters, East,' to the west with Wabasha's band of Sioux."
8 - The land broken by Stram was afterward used by pioneer settlers, who burned the log house in 1842 to deprive the troublesome Indians of a shelter for themselves and stolen horses, Bunnell, Winona and Its Environs, 71.
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