HISTORY OF LAFAYETTE COUNTY, WISCONSIN  1881

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The County Roster

In order that a sufficient record of officers may be here shown, the foregoing narrative account of organization is recapitulated as follows:

La fayette County was organized in the spring of 1847, out of a part of Iowa County.  the first meeting of the Commissioners was held at Shullsburg  May 3, 1847.  the board consisted of

John J. Van Matre, Chairman,
John Griffin and Allen Warden;
 R. E. Campbell was Clerk of the board;
Robert M. Long, Sheriff;  
William Bennett, Treasurer:  
James H. Knowlton, Prosecuting Attorney;
Samuel G. Bugh, Register of Deeds;
Washington M. Hinman, County Surveyor.  

The following were the different precincts;  
Wiota
Gratiot
Prairie
Belmont
White Oak Springs
Benton
Shullsburg
Fever River
Elk Grove
Willow Springs.

The next meeting of the County commissioners was held January 3, 1848.  The board consisted of

John J. Van Matre,  Chairman
James M. Day
Joseph White.  
No change in precincts.  
Jonathan J. Marvin, Clerk.

For 1849, the board consisted of:

John Ray, Chairman
John Armstrong
Samuel Cole;
J. J. Marvin, Clerk

At this session of the board the county was divided and organized into towns as follows:

Benton
New Diggings,
Argyle
Wayne
Belmont
Kendall
Elk Grove
White Oak Springs
Gratiot
Shullsburg
Willow Springs
Center  (Later called Darlington)
Fayette
Wiota

On June 4, 1849, the Chiarman of the several Town Boards of Supervisors met and organized, under the then existing law, as a County Board, as follows:

Charles Dunn, Chairman, Belmont
George Skellinger, Wiota
John Armstrong, Fayette
Samuel Cole, Gratiot
John Z. Saxton, Argyle
Joseph White, Elk Grove
James Murphy, Benton
Russell Baldwin, Wayne
Nathan Olmstead, Kendall
Ami Dodge, New Diggings
John W. Blackstone, White Oak Springs
John Ray, Willow Springs
James H. Knowlton, Shullsburg
Henry W. Barnes, Center
J. J. Marvin, Clerk

The town of Monticello was organized by an act of the Legislature during the year 1850

The County Board for 1850 was as follows:

James Murphy, Chairman, Benton
George Skellinger, Wiota
John Armstrong, Fayette
Samuel Cole, Gratiot
T. B. Andrews, Argyle
Edward Leslie, Elk Grove
Henry F. Striker, Belmont
A.G. Piney, Wayne
Nathan Olmstead, Kendall
John Raine, New Diggings
John W. Blackstone, White Oak Springs
James Noble, Willow Springs
James H. Knowlton, Shullsburg
Richard H. Magoon, Monticello
James Woods, Center
P.B. Simpson, Clerk

The board met at Avon.