Washington County, Wisconsin: past and present Carl Quickert

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Washington County, Wisconsin: past and present  by  Carl Quickert

Washington County, Wisconsin: past and present by Carl Quickert
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FOREWORDAbout five years ago I published a little German volume of sketches, mostly of a historical nature, on Washington county, Wisconsin, titled Gedenkblatter zur Besiedelung von Washington County, Wisconsin. The work found a most heartyMoreFOREWORDAbout five years ago I published a little German volume of sketches, mostly of a historical nature, on Washington county, Wisconsin, titled Gedenkblatter zur Besiedelung von Washington County, Wisconsin.

The work found a most hearty welcome among the foremost German scholars of the state. It was much more than I dared to expect for a book that had but a casual origin. The work at the time was pointed to as a model for other counties to follow. The collection of sketches first appeared as a serial article in the Beobachter, a weekly paper published at West Bend, Wis., the proprietors of which ventured to publish the book.

The present work is essentially a translation of that book into English, done by me. Several chapters have been enlarged, others rearranged, or brought up to date, one is entirely new, while other things, especially the poetry of the first edition, have been omitted, for I was content to write a readable English prose. It was the desire to make the work available to English readers, that prompted me to translate it.

History is likened to memory. A people who do not know their own history are like a man who has lost his memory. This should hold good also with reference to county history. The material of the sketches has been collected during the fourteen years in which I have held a German editorship in the county. It came from many sources, from old chronicles, old newspaper files, bulletins published by the state and the federal government, speeches on olden times, which I have listened to, recollections of old settlers with whom I became acquainted, and my own observations during all these years.

If the reader will consider that the book was written in the few weary leisure hours that the wrestle with the fate of German newspaperdom in this country left, he will perhaps look kindly on the shortcomings of the work.The foregoing foreword I had written for a historical work on Washington county.

Wis., the publication of which was just under consideration, when a representative of the S. J. Clarke Publishing Company of Chicago appeared in our office, looking for somebody towrite a county history. Upon looking through my manuscript and conferring with some representative local men, he engaged me as the editor of the first volume of Washington County, Wis., Past and Present.

To the original fourteen chapters fifteen more were added to make the work more comprehensive and in accordance with the new title. Much of what has been said of the original work also applies to the additions. I am indebted to many people for furnishing me with the necessary data, or helping me in the researches. All of them I wish, at this juncture, to thank most heartily.Carl Quickert.



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