History of the Village of Indianford


Section 21, Newark Township, Rock County, Wisconsin

Indian Ford, on Rock River, ten miles north of Janesville, in the town of Fulton, is so
called because, in 1836, Black-Hawk and his braves forded the Catfish River on the site of what is now the village. It owes its existence to Guy and Clouden STOUGHTON, who obtained a charter for the water-power from the government, erected a dam there and built a mill, in 1843. Mr. Guy STOUGHTON, to whom the credit of the latter work must be given, was the first bona-fide settler and claim-holder on the village plat, and erected the first house thereon. Mr. Silas HURD and Mr. George E. COWAN were the first settlers in the neighborhood. The first store and tavern were kept in 1840, by a man named ELLETT. The first school was opened about 1842. The village contains two flouring-mills, two churches and several small mechanics' shops. Population, 250.
[Source: The Portrait & Biographical Album of Rock County, Wisconsin, ©1889 Acme, Chicago, IL; pp. 1012-1013]

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