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General John C. Gilman


Watertown Gazette, 08 10 1911


Henry Gilman of Madison, whose father built the first dam and erected the first sawmill here in the late 30’s of 1800, came Saturday [1911 Homecoming] and called on “Fabe” Cooley, who was his playmate in 1840.  They together caught bullheads near the sawmill that General John C. Gilman built.  The “Exchange” or Van Alstine Hotel was also erected by Gen. Gilman.  He sawed lumber and floated it down Rock River to build houses at Jefferson and Fort Atkinson.



Gilman, John C

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