Green County Firsts
©1997 Robin Helman
Abolitionists: The first outspoken abolitionists in the county were Jacob LyBrand and J. W.
Rogers, of Monroe
and Hollis W. Button of Jefferson.
Account allowed by the county board: Valid claim made by Jacob LyBrand
amounting to $4.25
Admitted to Bar: 02 April 1838 - James Churchman
Admitted to Bail on a Criminal charge:Elizabeth Gage, charged with adultry.
Bail set at $100.00
Attorney for the Territory of Wisconsin in Green County: 02 April 1858 - T. S. Wilson
Bank: May 1854 - Monroe by J. A. Bingham and A. Ludlow
Bounty: January 1840 for wolf scalps - $3.00 each
Bridge: 1842 - Decatur
Business by the County Board: Appointment of Hiram Rust as "Clerk for the Commissioners' Court"
Church: 1847 - Monroe - built by the Methodists
Civil Suit: V.R. Kimball vs. Robert L. Bean
Clerk of the District Court: George McFadden, he only served one day
Coffin made: date unknown - made for Mr. Patterson out of wood brought from Galena by Mr.
Hawthorn to build a cabin.
Company enlisted in the Civil War from Green County: Company C 3rd Regiment
County Board Meeting: 26 Mar 1838
County Fair: November 1853 at the courthouse in Monroe. $100.00 was paid in premiums.
County Seat: year unknown - Roscoe, 2 ½ miles northeast of what is now Monroe.
Court: April 1838 - presided over by Chief Justice Charles Dunn; George McFadden, Clerk, who was
M. Bainbridge. After the second term of the court, David Irvin succeeded
Court Crier: 1838 - John W. Deniston
Courthouse: 1840 - Monroe - built by James Campbell and J. Sutherland. It was completed in November
It was soon destroyed by fire.
Debating Society: 1839-40 - Sylvestor
Declaration of Intention to Become a Citizen: October 1839 - Frederick Bedtner
Deputy Sheriffs: Alfred G. Houghton and Charles Boyls
District Attorney: James Churchman
Doctor: year unknown - Dr. Bankston. The second was Dr. Peter Springstead.
Election after Wisconsin became a state: 03 Sept 1849 - to elect a county, Judge, John A. Bingham
448 votes out of 702 polled and was elected.
Election Precinct: 26 Mar 1838 - entire county
Election for County Officers: 05 Mar 1838 at the house of Jacob Ly Brand in New Mexico, now part of Monroe.
Only County Commissioners were elected. These were: Daniel S. Southerland, William Bowen
and Daniel Harcourt.
Flour Mill: year unknown - John W. Deniston and Abner VanSant
Frame House: 1836 by Joseph Payne, Mr. Billinger and O.C. Smith at a cost of $1500.00.
It was used as a store.
Grand Jury: year unknown - held their session at "Buckskin" Brownís Blacksmith Shop
Grand Jury: Elijah Austin, Amos Harris, Morsecia Kelly, Joseph Woodle, Jarvis Ratten,
Thomas Bowen, William Blunt, Peter Wells,
John Blunt, Mathew Wells, Joseph Kelly, Jacob Andrides,
Julius Austinand Augustus Chilton. Hiram Rust
was appointed foreman.
Grave: 1828 for Boner who was killed by D. McNutt at what was then called "Sugar River Diggings",
but is now Exeter.
Homicide of a white man: 1828 - killing of Boner by McNutt in Exeter
Hotel: 1837 at New Mexico by Payne, Billinger & Smith
Indictment by the Grand Jury: Elizabeth Gage for adultry
Jail: May 1842 - authorized by the county board.
Lawyer: 1842 - John A. Bingham in Monroe. The second was John W. Stewart
Lead Miners: Sac Indians
Marriage: 1834 - Josiah Blackmore and Nancy Wallace who soon afterward moved to Warren, Illinois.
The second marriage was between James Hawthorn and Massy Bolys in Aug 1836 near
Meeting House: 1847/48 - Monroe - built by the Methodists
Methodist Camp Meeting: Summer of 1841 - near the present town of Jefferson.
Mill: year unknown - Abner Van Sant and his son-in-law, John W. Deniston. It was originally a
but grew into a flour mill. It was located on Honey Creek.
Naturalized Citizen: 14 Apr 1841 - John Thorp
Norwegian to settle in Green County: Lars Larson in Jordan
Person tried by a Jury: Daniel Harcourt for removing and destroying boundries of a lot of land. Verdict:
Preachers: 1836 - Methodists Preachers Daniel Harcourt and A.C. Dunlap
Public School: 01 December 1839 - Clarno - taught by Daniel R. Howe
Railroad: "Southern Wisconsin Branch of the Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad"
Religious Society: organized by Methodist Rev. James McKane. It was composed of the following members:
Mathew Wells, his wife and daughters, Mrs. Maria Blunt and William Baird.
Road Supervisor: 02 Oct 1838 - Bennett Nowlin, he refused to serve and Andrew Clarno
was appointed in his place.
School: 1836 - Cadiz - Teacher: Ralph Hildebrand. This was a subscription school. Andrew Clarno,
Bennett Nowlan and William Boyls, thinking it unwise not to provide for the education of their children,
engaged Mr. Hildebrand to teach them.
School District "set off" in Green County: 1840 - Roscoe
School House: 1837 near Mr. Clarno's in Cadiz
Sermon: August 1835 - At the home of Matthew Wells by Daniel Harcourt
Settlement: 1827 "Sugar River Diggings", now Exeter
Tavern License: 07 Jan 1839 to Joseph Payne
Teacherís Institute: August 1852 - Monroe
Village Plat: New Mexico, in what is now Monroe
White Child born: 1834 - a daughter to Nicholas and Eliza Hale.
The second was Charles R. Deniston,
son of John W. and Elizabeth Deniston in 1835.
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