First white man, Dr. Thomas Baker.

First white child born, Henry S. Aldrich, December 16, 1835.

First female white child, Hattie Hanna.

First cabin, James Glenn, May, 1835.

First tavern, Geo. Brandenburg, in Dayton. First town, Dayton.

First postmaster, Brandenburg, Dayton.

First election, Dayton, June 9, 1837.

First county commissioner's court, P. K. Hanna, Thomas Pillsbury, and John Browning.

First sheriff, Robert McCullough.

First coroner, R. R. Stewart.

First recorder, Joshua Harper.

First surveyor, Arba M. Seymour.

First term of county commissioner's court, in Dayton.

First county and circuit clerk, James McAllan.

First treasurer, Chas. Atkinson.

First license granted by court, to John P. Hanna and George Taylor.

First school taught by Narcissa Stewart, afterward Mrs. Dr. S. T. Hume.

First chartered ferry, over Rock River, at Cleveland.

First newspaper, I. S. Hyatt, Geneseo Republic, 1856.

First plow in county, James Glenn.

First furrow, James Glenn, 1835.

First school commissioner, James M. Allan.

First census, Arba M. Seymour, 1840.

First pauper, John Thomas, 1840.

First doctor, Thomas Baker.

First wedding, J. P. Dodge—Samantha Colbert, February 7, 1836.

First lawyer, Samuel P. Brainard.

First term circuit court, Richmond, 1839.

First case in circuit court, Job Searls vs. Moses T. Stimson.

First criminal indicted, John Porter, counterfeiting.

First dairy, 1837, Cromwell K. Bartlett.

First land purchase, William Paddelford.

First frame house, in Cleveland, by Atkinson and Wells.

First temperance society, Geneseo, 1836.

First wagon road petitioned for, Andover to Geneseo.

First land entry from government, Giles Williams, north half of section 34, township 18 north and 2 east, now Hanna township.

First wheat sown, Washburne, 1835.

First mill, Andover, 1836-37.

First militia officer, James M. Allan, major, 1837.

First member congress, John S. Stewart.

First member state general assembly, Joshua Harper.

First grafted apples, Winter Pearman's.

First recorded marriage, Lewis Hurd and Miss Caroline Little, by Rev. Ithamar Pillsbury, August 22, 1837. There may have been an earlier marriage; but it was while this was a part of Knox county.


In the Prairie Days they wedded without much preliminary preludes. There were cases of ceremonies like:

"Have her?" "Yis."

"Have him?" "Yaw."

"Hitched. Two dollars."

Honest people in the Prairie Days, who read their Bibles, did not skip the phrase "Multiply upon the face of the earth." Families were large, ranging from half a dozen to a dozen.

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