This book is dedicated to the pioneer homesteaders and their descendents with the hope that they will cherish its reminiscences and value its contents a half century hence as a heritage left by the author.

No doubt some errors will be discovered. However, the book will be found to be fairly reliable; as much so as can be expected when we consider that many of the earlier settlers have moved to other parts, or to that land from which no traveler returneth until Gabriel blows his horn.

L. G. Ochsenreiter.