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step toward civilization we selected the present site of Stockville (that being near the center of the county) in 1872.  Then we set a day on which all turned out and began the erection of a court-house sixteen feet square, built of logs, which was soon completed and was furnished with the county records.  It was also the first house erected in the county of Frontier.
     We worked early and late, building bridges, houses, and putting out a crop.  Clifford and I sent back East and had a dozen chickens shipped out, which cost us seventy-five cents each.  They were a wonder to the natives, who came from far and near to see them.

FIRST WHITE WOMEN


     We had made such a wonderful stride toward civilization that I wrote back to Florida for my father, mother and sister to come here.  They arrived on March 12, 1872,  my mother and sister being the first white women in the county.  After a long ride across the wild, roadless country, over level divides and through long canyons, from Fort McPherson, we came to the Medicine and went into camp.  Mother said:
     "The last link is broken in the chain of civilization."
     A flock of antelopes stood on a hill near by and watched us while we busied ourselves picketing our horses and gathering up wood for our camp-fire.  Welk Snell got supper in true frontier style in the far West.  Snow-drifts, remnants of the past hard winter, yet lay at the head of canyons, white and cold; the buffalo and wolves serenaded us with their various notes of weird cadences; a flock of geese passed over us, winging their way north, added to the unbounded solitude.  Thus the introductory scenes of life in the Wild West were thrown upon the minds of those pioneer ladies to institute a comparison and contrast with their old home in the far-away "Land of Flowers."

FIRST SHEEP


     During the summer of 1872 a few "prairie schooners" came in, laden with men and their families in search of a place to take up their abode and make a home.  A Mr. Lewis was the first to bring a flock of sheep, which was a picnic for the wolves.  James Kibben and Judge S.P. Baker each brought in a herd of fine cattle in the summer of 1872.  Also, John Lockwood, Andrew Webb, R.A. McKnight, George Carothers, Ed Bovey, Herman Doing, J.R. Brittingham, A.S. Shelly, Orville Works, Jerome Dauchey, J.A. Lynch, Henry Miller; James, John and Sam'l Gammill; W.H. Allen, Wm. Black and W.L. McClary -all settled on the Medicine and successfully played their parts in the early historical drama of the county.

FIRST WHITE CHILD


     John Sanders was among the front rank that came in to earn a fortune in a new country, and built the first flour mill in the county, on the Medicine near Stockville.  To Mr. And Mrs. John Sanders was born the first white child, a daughter, that is recorded in Frontier.
     Wm. Nolan, J.M. Noyes, E.S. Childs and John Watts took claims in the southeastern part of the county and had borne their part of the burden in tramping out the cactus, turning  over the buffalo sod and making our county bloom like a rose.

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