1837 – Dane County Pioneer Simeon Mills Arrives in Madison

On this date Dane County pioneer, , arrived on the opposite shore of Lake Monona, where he persuaded two Native American boys to ferry him across the lake to the . Mills was 27 years old when he arrived in Madison, having walked from Chicago. in Madison during its early years. He was appointed deputy postmaster in 1837 and erected the first mercantile establishment in Madison. For many years, Mills was the only Justice of the Peace in Dane County, officiating at many wedding ceremonies. Mills also served as Territorial Clerk of the Supreme Court and served as the first state senator from Dane County. [Source: – March 15 1891]