We take pleasure in presenting herewith to our
subscribers a complete atlas of their county, and trustfully commend it to their
favor. This work is evidence of the accomplishment of a task begun nearly a year
ago. The desire to furnish a publication worthy of the approval and patronage of
the public has prompted us from the start. The citizens of the county have
fulfilled our expectations by their liberal subscriptions, and it is now our
hope that the result of our labors may receive the approval to which it may be
The beginning of such a work is naturally surrounded
with much of uncertainty, and it is highly gratifying in the end to receive the
practical endorsement of the leading business men and influential citizens of
the county, and we hereby most gratefully acknowledge the numerous courtesies so
generously extended us.
We believe that, beyond any question, the atlas which we herewith present,
covering the territory of which it is descriptive, is the most complete volume
of its kind ever published. The services of a large number of experienced men
have been required for nearly a year for its production. Much of the work of
preparation was done before canvassers were placed in the field. The immense
labor involved in the collection of reliable data, and the general preparation
of such a work, besides the care, worry and expense, can only be comprehended by
those experienced in similar undertakings. And yet it has been the publishers
aim to shirk no hardship, and to evade no duty, — in fact to spare neither pains
nor expense in the endeavor to make the result as complete and satisfactory as
possible. Records and plat books have been carefully examined, farms personally
visited and actual surveys made where boundaries have been in doubt and lands of
irregular shape. Every stream, railway and highway has had experienced personal
attention, and many errors of previous maps and plats carefully corrected. Many
hundreds of miles have been traveled in viewing and examining the component
parts of the different districts, townships and villages.
Maps of the world, of the United States and of the
state are important features of this atlas. We present also an interesting
synopsis of the system of United States land surveys, sketches of settlements
and individuals, personal portraits, views of buildings and a directory of the
farmers of the county; also a condensed history of the state, copy of the road
laws, a table of taxable values, etc.
During the time this work has been in preparation, hundreds of people have
assisted us by furnishing information and valuable data. It would be hardly
possible to express our appreciation of these favors to each individual, hence
we take advantage of this opportunity to tender our sincere thanks to one and
all in this general way.
The various assessors, clerks and trustees of townships, city and village
officials and county officers have all rendered us valuable aid, which we most
gratefully acknowledge. Neither shall we forget those who by subscription and
advertisement have given us their encouragement and support, for, indeed,
without them no successful result could have been reached.
Notwithstanding the incessant toil and something of
hardship involved, the preparation of this work has not been without its
pleasant side, and now that it is completed we sincerely trust it will meet with
the approval of all our patrons. We believe it will be generally recognized as
one of the most complete and most nearly accurate works of this kind ever
published, and many years will no doubt elapse before there will be a demand for
another similar atlas of this county.
If our work shall win a measure of appreciation equal to our pride in its
production, the gratification to us will add very largely to our compensation
for this business venture.
With personal regards and good wishes to all who have
assisted in this work and to all our patrons as well, we are,
Very truly yours,