remember when the first train came up into Black River Falls.
lot of us kids
went down to the t
e came rolling d
ell we kids took to the woods half scared to death.”
ill dodged up
the counter to sell another bunch of ra
ntan dress trimming.
About the Mormons
If you turn back to your old
American history you will find that the Mormon
Sect were once the inhabitants of Illi
nois, building there the “Holy City” of
Nauvoo upon the banks of the Mississippi
This was during the presidenc
an Buren in the early forties. Mr
. Sturdevant saw this city in its infancy and a
few years later saw s
ich the pine had been removed to f
down the Black an
d the Missis
sippi to be
used in the building of
this city of
The Mormons had several distinct settlements along this part of Black
river such as “Mormon’
fle”, a second one near the Herrian farm on the west
bank of the river
, a third one at Black River Falls, one near
s Rapids and
another just this side of Greenwood in the
own of Eaton where shallow
excavations bring out remnants of the crockery that these people used.
probably seventy years ago that the Mormons were Black river lumbermen.
be sure some remained until later years. Mr
. Sturdevant relates as follows: “
clearings were all grown up
to trees again when I fi
rst came, plum patches had
come up big enough to bear fruit were gr
owing all over the spots where they had
of the cabins had been pa
rtially burned and the w
hole thing looked
as if it had been deserted for many years.
This was in 1854.
These people seemed
to cut the pine only
, the reason being that this was the only timber growing that
The cabins were made of the unhewed logs and were chinked up
We even saw indications of root cellars which they had dug.
no indications of their ever having brought live stock on the river with them.
river was not hardly as wide as it is no
as more w
ater in it so they
could float the logs down the river
Packing was a common thing in those days
. It was nothing to pack a sack
flour or a bundle of nails from Blac
k River F
. Saw-mills w
here quite early
There was one old mill at Ross Eddy and the sight-seer may as
yet see the remnant of th
n projecting out of the north bank of the
There was an old dam near it.
There were many oxen here
at that t
ime and when the
re out of the woods in
the spring farmers could get the use of th
em for “springing them out.” By this I
mean for feeding them
until the gra
People were probably led into this c
ountry by the pres
ence of t
timber which grew along these creeks.
The State of Mainers were led here on
They had been used to the timber in their own state and they were
naturally attracted to it as it grew here.
The first thing that they built was a saw
mill. Here also were wild meadows with plenty of hay
ild berries grew in
abundance and there was plenty of maple to make sugar from.
The woods was
full of game and clothes were ready made out of the dressed
eer skins. Some
places where there are fine farms today
, there were once fields of cranberries.
, Clark County