Chapters in Fox River Valley history; Williams Powell's recollections. [In an interview with L.C…

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byJohn Wallace Arndt

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...use it. His firm took the lead in Wilkesbarre, Luzern County, Pennsylvania. After his death, his only son and heir was my father, who took full control of the business and was successful until the crisis of 1815-16, and its crash. Thus he brought with him to this region the experience of more than twenty years of business success and failure. Father was much interested in the navigation and improvement of the Fox and Wisconsin rivers. The project was much discussed among the few leading business men--James Doty, Daniel Whitney, the two Irwin brothers, John Lawe, the Grignons, and some others. This was the beginning of the Fox River Company, to demonstrate the feasibility of freighting on the Fox River in its natural state, in a reasonable time, and at a fair profit. In the spring of 1825 father built the first Durham boat, equipped and loaded it with a stock of goods for Fever River (now Galena), where a store was opened, The plan was to purchase lead, and transport it to Green Bay by the way of the Wisconsin and Fox rivers, thereby opening another outlet for the lead to the Eastern market. Referring to the well-known tradition that Charles Langlade, fatherin-law of Pierre Grignon, led the Indians in the fatal attack on Braddock in 1755--many years, however, before this house was built.--Ed. For a brief biographical sketch of John P. Arndt see Wis. Hist. Colls., xx.--Ed. This business was put in charge of a man by the name of Abbot, a good business man, one who knew all about Durham boats. He had been in father's employ at Wilkesbarre for many years. After a year's trial the project was given up, the whole difficulty being in navigating the Wisconsin; the Fox was all right. Though the first attempt was a partial failure, nothing daunted,...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...use it. His firm took the lead in Wilkesbarre, Luzern County, Pennsylvania. After his death, his only son and h...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780217562607

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