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Rosaline Williard Peck

Story of Madison, Chapter I


Read More About It

"Madison, A History of the Formative Years" by David V. Mollenhoff


Vocabulary:

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Interesting Fact:

It is believed that Eben Peck was killed by Indians while crossing the plains for California in 1844.


Study Questions:

  • Why did the Pecks move to Madison?
  • How did Eben Peck learn of Madison?
  • On a Madison map, locate where the Peck's cabin was located.


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Eben and Rosaline Peck:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on December 26:

    1917: The U.S. government takes over the operation of the country's railroads during World War I.
    1972: Harry Truman, 33rd president of the United States, dies.



  • December 26

    December 26, 1836: Eben and Rosaline Peck purchased two lots at $100 each. A Frenchman, Abraham Wood, who lived across Lake Monona in Winnequah, built two cabins for the Pecks. The Pecks became Madison's first residents on April 14, 1837.


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