• History Timeline

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    Each month, the Historic Timeline, written by Jerry Neath and Mary Norwell, examines important events that happened 10, 25, 50, and 100 years ago.

    Do you know this group of ladies who donated teddy bears to HospiceCare 10 years ago? Click 'Read More' to Find out.
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  • History Timeline

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    Each month, the Historic Timeline, written by Jerry Neath and Mary Norwell, examines important events that happened 10, 25, 50, and 100 years ago.

    Do you know this person who spoke at the State Capitol 10 years ago? Click 'Read More' to Find out.
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  • History Timeline

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    Each month, the Historic Timeline, written by Jerry Neath and Mary Norwell, examines important events that happened 10, 25, 50, and 100 years ago.

    Do you know the year that this Welcome sign was posted? Click 'Read More' to Find out.
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Oregon’s Geological/Glacial Past

Geological mapOregon is located in the vicinity of the Johnstown moraine, the terminal moraine from the last major glaciation, which started to retreat about 20,000 years ago. The moraine forms a prominent topographic feature running south and west of Madison, and extends north over the Baraboo Hills and up to Antigo.

When the climate warmed about 15,000 years ago, the glaciers started to retreat, leaving distinctive landforms in part of Dane County.

Geological graphicPollen grains preserved in basins like Hook Lake, near Oregon, and Lakes Wingra, and Mendota record the changes in vegetation that took place as the landscape changed: Sphagnum gave way to sedges and grasses and deciduous forests replaced spruce.

As the glaciers retreated, big game animals like mammoths and mastodons migrated northward. We don’t have any remains of these big animals near Oregon, but they have been found in Wisconsin.

(This is part of an exhibit now on display at the Oregon Area Historical Museum.)
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E. S. POSTLE, farmer, Sec. 34; P.O. Oregon; born in 1833, in Allegany Co., N.Y.; son of Cyrenus and Olive Postle, who settled early in the “forties,” in Rock Co. Wis.; four years later they settled in Fitchburg, and in 1855, in Oregon Village, Mr. P. keeping the Exchange Hotel until his death, in December, 1869; his widow has a pleasant home in the village. Samuel Green, deceased, was born in 1807, in Washington,, Co., N.Y.

He married in October, 1835, Nancy Chase of Phelps, born in 1816, in Ontario Co., N.Y.; they came West in 1850, and settled on the Green homestead in Fitchburg, where he died May 6, 1879, leaving three children-Mason M., Mary J. and Allen J.; the latter served from August, 1862, until July, 1865, in the Union army, and is now at Ft. Laramie, W.T.; Cyrenus Postle left seven children-Lyman E., Ethan S. Orson M. Justin F. Cyrenus . Olive M. (Mrs. W.H. Myers) and M. Van Buren.

E. S. Postle married, Feb. 22, 1862, Miss Mary J. Green, and now resides on the Green homestead, which, with his own adjoining land, makes a 160-acre farm. The Postles and Greens were always stanch Democrats. The former were Baptists, and the latter Presbyterians.

Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1257.

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FREEMAN EIGHMY, grain and lumber dealer at McFarland; was born in Dutchess Co., N. Y., in April 1830; he emigrated to Dane Co, Wis., in September, 1856; stopped a short time at McFarland, then went to Madison, and thence to Beaver Dam; whence, in 1858, he returned to McFarland, and has since been engaged in the grain and lumber trade. He was married in Dane Co., Wis., in 1862, to Eliza, daughter of Adolphus and Sophia Siggelkow, a native of Germany, who came to Wisconsin with her parents when 10 or 11 years old, they have four children—Freeman, Amelia, Albert and Frank W.

1880 History of Dane County, Town of Dunn, p. 1204-1205.

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EUGENE EIGHMY, general merchant at McFarland; was born at Catskill, Greene Co., N.Y., in March, 1834; he is the son of Jacob and Permelia (Dennis) Eighmy, with whom, when quite young, he removed to Genesee Co., N.Y., where he followed farming till 1855; he then immigrated to Dane Co., Wis., and made his home at Madison till 1856, whence he came to McFarland, and engaged in the grain and lumber trade till 1859; removing then to his farm in the town of Dunn, he followed agriculture till 1872, when he returned to McFarland , and has since been engaged in merchandising. He was married in Genesee Co., N.Y., to Sara H., daughter of Stephen and Rebecca (Palmer) Johnson, a native that county; her father of Connecticut, and her mother of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Eighmy have two daughter—Nellie M. and Belle E.

1880 History of Dane County, Town of Dunn, p. 1204.

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