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 Charles Douglass Webb

Charles Douglass Webb

Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York, USA
Death 15 Feb 1913 (aged 88)
Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot Sec 8c
Memorial ID 10198033 · View Source
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Endured All Privations Incident to Life in a New Country and at Last Reaped Reward

BEAVER DAM, Wis., March 1. — Charles Douglass Webb who recently died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Doubleday, Lake Mills, Wis., was one of the pioneer settlers of Dodge county, and resided at or near Beaver Dam most of his life. Mr. Webb celebrated his eighty eighth birthday Sept. 11, 1912, and at that time he recounted events in his career.
"I was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., near Lake Champlain, Sept. 11, 1824," he said, "and my father died when I was 9 years old. I went to live with an uncle.
When I was 12 years old I went to work on the northern branch of the Erie canal between Plattsburgh and Albany, driving horses on the tow path.
When I was 20 I started for Wisconsin, having married Miss Laura Berry the year before. We came all of the way on the water as far as Oswego on the canal and from there on the Great Lakes. After two weeks of stormy weather our boat landed in Milwaukee, which was then but a small town.
We went to Waukesha county where we lived until the next spring and then went to Lowell, Dodge county, where we took up a homestead of eighty acres, paying $1.25 per acre for it.
We built a log cabin and began work clearing up the land. There was a boom on at that time and we soon had a number of neighbors.
I had $100 due me in New York state which was sent to me in a draft and I had to walk all the way to Milwaukee to have it cashed. After reaching there I found I could not
get my money until the draft was sent back to New York to be indorsed, so I went back home and after a few weeks returned to Milwaukee on foot and received my money which just paid for my land.
The most of the grain we raised was hauled to Milwaukee and it required four days to make the round trip. About one-half of the way was on a plank roll and the toll for driving over it was two dollars each way. Once when I came to Milwaukee with grain I saw men who had hauled wheat more than 100 miles with ox teams. They received 60 cents a bushel for their wheat and were compelled to camp out on their journey to market because if they had stopped at taverns it would have cost them more than they received for the grain they sold."
Mr. Webb was one of Dodge county's most prosperous farmers and it was just such men as he who made Dodge county the rich agricultural district it is today.

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  • Maintained by: John Alexander
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  • Added: 31 Dec 2004
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Douglass Webb (11 Sep 1824–15 Feb 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10198033, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by John Alexander (contributor 47946313) .