Centennial History of Webster County, Iowa
The compiler of the following pages had intended to write a short history of Fort Dodge. Much of the material would have been from memoryŚ more from that promised to be furnished by various old settlers, and a still greater portion from conversations had years ago with Major William Williams, and others of the early settlers, together with such assistance as might have been derived from a careful search of the public records. Having been allowed to peruse certain manuscripts, of which E.G. Morgan, Esq., was the author, written by him to have been read at the local centennial celebration on the Fourth of July, 1876, but which he failed to deliver in consequence of the rain-storm that day, I became impressed with the amount of statistical and other information it contained, and believing it to be much superior to anything I could have given to the public, requested the use of such manuscript for publication. To this, Mr. Morgan very kindly assented, and as a result, the public have the benefit of his labors.
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Henry Lott, the first settler in the County of Webster, erected the first cabin near the mouth of the Boone river, on land now owned by Loudowic Maricle, in section 24, township 87, range 27. The date of his settlement is unknown. He was found there in 1846, by the pioneers, engaged in the laudable enterprise of selling whisky to the Indians, stealing their ponies and running them off to the south. He cultivated but little land. Lott was a slim, dark eyed, shrewd man, with a fair education., and claimed to have been born in the New England States. His first wife, who was a daughter of one of the early Governors of Ohio or Pennsylvania, died in the winter of 1846 and was buried without a coffin, puncheons being placed at the bottom, sides and ends of the grave, the body lowered and others laid over the remains. Her grave is in the cemetery on the Vigors' farm, section 25, township 87, range 27.