Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Court administration of Prairie du Chien has an interesting history

A Lawyer's Life in Civil War Crawford County


Read More About It

"History of Crawford and Richland counties" by C.W. Butterfield

"Prairie du Chien: French, British, American" by Peter Lawrence Scanlan

"Wisconsin Historic Courthouses" by Marv Balousek and L. Roger Turner


Vocabulary:

recorded
session


Interesting Fact:

The current Crawford County courthouse was built in 1867.


Study Questions:

  • What were the names of the jurors in Crawford County's first recorded court session?
  • Where is Wisconsin's oldest courthouse in continuous use located?
  • Where is the county courthouse located in your county?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the early courts in Wisconsin:

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


    U.S. historical events that occurred on May 12:

    1943: The Axis forces in North Africa surrender to U.S. troops during World War II.



  • May 12

    May 12, 1823: The first recorded session of the Crawford County court was held in Prairie du Chien.


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