In this series of
Pioneer Stories I have endeavored to gather together in
succinct form, for the benefit of the present and future
generations the important facts and experiences of those
who laid the foundations of this town and community.
When the work of
gathering up these stories was first undertaken it was
simply for the purpose of relating a few of these
instances at a Memorial Service in the Congregational
The stories then told
were so much appreciated that it was suggested they
should appear in the local newspaper, and that others
might be added. I was assured the task would not be a
great one, as there could not be more than twenty
pioneers now living "to tell the tale." But in this we
were doomed to disappointment--if such it can be
called--for there are here stories relating the
experiences of forty eight families, besides the names of
pioneers incidentally mentioned.
In some cases I have
given a brief description of the old home life which not
only gives the contrast of conditions, but provides some
interesting and useful information regarding life in the
older world from whence many of them came.
The growth of the
Stories finally decided the issuing of them in book form.
The editor of the "Fillmore County News" taking that
responsibility, while I provided the necessary material
as it could be secured from the pioneers.
To the piecemeal fashion
of the project, in building up the book, must be
attributed many of the mistakes and inefficiencies to be
found in the text. In many cases, especially in the
beginning, the proof sheets were not corrected, neither
did we anticipate the need of an index, otherwise the
pages would have been numbered and an index
It is therefore with a
distinct consciousness of many faults too easy to be
found that we send forth the Pioneer Stories, believing,
however, their intrinsic worth will be appreciated, and
prove a source of pleasure to the present generation, and
supply a foundation of facts for future history.