EARLY SETTLERS, LAND OWNERS AND RESIDENTS
TOWN OF SPRINGDALE IN THE VICINITY OF DONALD PARK
By Charles C. Gerhards. Verona, WI ©2007. (Unpublished manuscript)
This is a brief history of the original settlers and farmers who owned land within and surrounding the present boundary of Donald Park in the Town of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin. Some of the nonresident landowners are included as well. Names are given as spelled on the various documents researched. Several sources were used for this history: Ancestry.com for census, military, birth, marriage and death records, and the Family Data Collection; Dane County Land Registry Office for land records; and histories of the Town of Springdale, Town of Primrose, Mt Vernon, Malone School and History of Dane County. Except for a few references to the Town of Primrose, all records are for the Town of Springdale. The registry land records with volume and page numbers are added to the end of this document. The timeline of the land record findings for each 40 acres or division thereof are also included after the land records. In 1850 the population in the Town of Springdale was 333, in the Town of Primrose 348 (3. Vol II, page 133).
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