1835 – Missionary and Settler Alfred Brunson Arrives in Prairie du Chien

On this date , a Methodist preacher from Connecticut, arrived alone and on horseback in Prarie Du Chien, Wisconsin from Pennsylvania. He built a parish that spanned from Rock Island, Illinois, through Prairie du Chien, to St.Paul, Minnesota.  Brunson spent his life traveling from town to town, on either horseback or snowshoes. For his spiritual work and commitment to community, Mr. Brunson was held in high esteem by anglo settlers, Native Americans, and African Americans. [Source: by Fred L. Holmes, p.66-76]