Another woman who came as a pioneer
and lived through those active and
stirring times but who now wa
tide of life
in a qu
is Mrs. Charlotte Sterns.
The writer spent four very pleasant years in her home
nd an interview meant merely a c
to mind many of the things he had often
talked over before. Mr
. and Mrs. Sterns came to
eston's Rapids in 1856.
Coburns owned the saw mill and grist mi
ll there and carried on big lumbering
operations up the river
eston known locally as
Old Sock” was the head man.
man named Searls who later moved to
ran a boarding house.
There were only a few women there and many ro
looking men, but Mrs. Sterns says they
all treated her with
Many of the LaCrosse men who later became
miliar figures up
and down the river
. One night a flood carried away the bridge leaving Mr
cow on the other side of the river
ithee who was conducting the
log drive told him to wait till the logs got past and he would get the cow over
crossed the river in a canoe, caught the
cow and paddling the canoe back he led
the cow which s
wam after him. “I remember” said Mrs. Sterns “what was
probably the first funeral in the County
young man from Maine named Chas.
Locke was drowned just below the dam. My husband made the cof
no minister here. Someone read a chapter from the Bible, a prayer was of
and there were some who could sing a hymn.
fin was carried by six men,
on poles (there being no handles) to a place east of where Sol Johnson’
cabin stood and he was buried there.
tly after another man named Hall, also
from Maine died and was buried close by
Christmas did not count for
I think I
“Political excitement ran
high the first fall we were here was the Fremont-
Buchanan election, and later the Civil
ar came on.”
school was established
in a log house left by a family that move
d out. Maria Dore taught there and later
a young lady from the South of much refinement and education was the teacher
Under the excitement of the times she was suspected of being a Rebel spy
knew Pattengill the In
dian trader very
im and never
him come in
old by Mrs. King
W. King when asked about the pioneer Xmas in Neill
lle said “In
those days “Xmas seemed much dif
ferent from what it does just at present. Boys
and girls believed in the old yarn stoc
king then and when morning came after
Xmas eve it usually found the stocking fu
ll. Not so much of toys and useless
articles as with boots for the boys and slates and pencils for the girls.
received with the same joy in now a days.
And our Xmas dinner was never
complete without raised buns with raisins in them. Mr
. King and myself were
then living with D.
W. King in a house where Emery Bruley’
s house now stands.
I am thinking of the Xmas of 1860.
This was the first Xmas I spent in Clark
. Judge Dewhurst was a next door neighbor of ours and as I remember
came in and ate dinner with us. He spent
a part of the day with us during which
time we swap
ped a few presents
simple kind, told s
tories and otherwis
, Clark County