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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"

Introduction

-As transcribed from pages 3 & 4

After more than half a century of growth since its organization as a county, it seemed fitting that an historical account of its settlement, development, its people and institutions, should be made at this time and preserved; its primary importance is the placing in book form and for all time the earlier historical incidents surrounding the settlement of the various towns, cities and villages, and that the time was almost too late, and the work too long neglected, became very apparent to the editors when the search for material began, for with the passing of the early settlers, comparatively few of them still live in different parts of the county, have gone forever the opportunity to get early facts in some instances.

To properly and adequately write the history of Eau Claire county has been a task encompassed with tremendous difficulties it has been accomplished after laborious research, and the co-operation of many of its oldest citizens, whose aid the editors acknowledge most gratefully, for, without it, some parts of this work would have been impossible.

Eau Claire county, from its humble beginning, having been, through the untiring energy and perseverance of its pioneers, brought to be one of the finest counties int he state of Wisconsin, holds indeed a wonderful story of progress.  Its cities built to stay, whose schools, churches and institutions are equal to any in the state, whose people are progressive and possess a fine sense of civic pride, are alone worthy of the efforts of the historian; in addition to that, its beautiful little villages, its rich agricultural resources and dairying interests, place it in the front rank in many respects.

It has been the intention of the publishers from the start to publish a complete and comprehensive history of the county.  They have endeavored to cover every representative subject and related the story of all the various interests impartially, as was within the power of the editors to obtain.  That there are some omissions on some subjects there can be no doubt, but the instances of this are almost wholly brought about by parties called upon and in whose possession facts alone were, have cause such omissions.

The publishers of the history desire to acknowledge the cordial and valuable assistance which has been accorded them in its compilation by many citizens of Eau Clarie county.  It has been a help deeply appreciated and deserves due recognition.  Among those to whom special thanks are due is Hon. William F. Bailey, James H. Waggoner, Percy C. Atkinson, Marshall Cousins, Waldemar Ager, Reinhold Liebau, Miss A. E. Kidder, W. H. Schulz, W. W. Bartlett, L. A. Brace, J. P. Welsh, Frank L. Clark, C. W. Lockwood, G. F. Caldwell, W. A. Clark.

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