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Creator Koch, Melchior.
Title Melchior Koch essays.
Dates of Creation 1950s.
Physical Description 1 folder.
Language of Material English.
Scope & Content The Melchior Koch Essays consist of reminiscences and other essays written in the 1950s by Melchior Koch, who lived in the Sugar River Valley area of southwestern Dane County, Wis. The essays concern aspects of his life from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including histories of people and places he was familiar with, social and economic factors of rural life, ethnicity, family stories, and a trip to Boston by train.

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Archival History Presented by Melchior Koch, Madison, Wisconsin, July 25, 1968. M68.002
Finding Aids See inventory for more information.
People Murphy, Sarah
Marks, Patsy
Howery, Dan
Buesseler, Melchior
Koch, Melchior
Murphy, Patrick
Anderson, Rasmus Björn, 1846-1936
Subjects Country life
Farming
Reminiscing
Manners & customs
Ethnic groups
Economic & social conditions
Places1 Mount Vernon (Wis.)
Places2 Cross Plains (Dane County, Wis. : Town)
Places3 Riley (Wis.)
Local Search Terms Irish
Germans
Klevenville (Wis.)
Pine Bluff (Wis.)
Cross Plains (Wis.)
Object Name Essays
Call Number ARM 68-11
Catalog ID Number M1968.002.0001
Collection Inventory The following is a 1-page listing of the contents of the Melchior Koch Essays:

Contents List

"Patrick and Sarah Murphy: Poet, Philosopher and Pioneer." [ca. 1950s] Typescript, 3 l. On the Patsy P.O. Murphy family in Cross Plains Township, ca. 1900s.

"The Life and Legend of Patsy Marks." [ca. 1950s] Typescript, 4 l. Comments on the social and economic changes brought about by the transition from rural pioneering to city industrial employment in the early 1900s.

"History of Mt. Vernon, Dane County, Wisconsin; The Old Mill Stream." [ca. 1950s] Typescript, 4 l. Reminiscences about Mt. Vernon, ca. 1900.

"The Life and Legend of Two Pioneer Neighbors." [ca. 1950s] Typescript, 5 l. Reminiscences about the writer's grandfather, Melchoir Buesseler and neighbor Dan Howery, in Cross Plains Township, ca. 1900.

"My First Visit to the Big City." [ca. 1950s] Typescript, 3 l. Reminiscences of a trip to Boston by train by the author, possibly around 1900.

"The Wehr Wolf." [ca. 1950s] Typescript, 1 l. On the legends of the werewolf in Germany.

"The Saga of the Sugar River Valley." [ca. 1950s] Typescript, 36l. Reminiscences of life and families in the Sugar River Valley area at Riley Station, Klevenville, and Mt. Vernon in the early 1900s.

"Where the Sugar River Flows." [1958] Typescript, 67 l. Reminiscences about families and social and economic life in the Sugar River Valley around Riley Station, Klevenville, Mt. Vernon, Pine Bluff, and Cross Plains.