History of Dearborn County, Indiana: Her People, Industries and Institutions (Classic Reprint) [Hardcover] Shaw, Archibald
All life and achievement is evolution; present wisdom comes from past experience, and present commercial prosperity has come only from past exer tion and suffering. The deeds and motives of the men that have gone before have been instrumental in shaping the destinies of later communities and states. The development of a new country was at once a task and a privi lege. It required great courage, sacrifice and privation. Compare the pres ent conditions of the people of Dearborn county, Indiana, with what they were one hundred years ago. From a tracldess wilderness and virgin land, it has come to be a center of prosperity and civilization, with millions of wealth, systems of railways, grand educational institutions, splendid industries and immense agricultural and mineral productions. Can any thinking person be insensible to the fascination of the study which discloses the aspirations and efforts of the early pioneers who so strongly laid the foundation upon which has been reared the magnificent prosperity of later days? To perpetuate the story of these people and to trace and record the'social, political and indus trial progress of the community from its first inception is the function of the local historian. A sincere purpose to preserve facts and personal mem oirs that are deserving of perpetuation, and which unite the present to the past, is the motive for the present publication. A specially valuable and inter esting department is that one devoted to the sketches of representative citizens of the county whose records deserve preservation because of their worth, ci fort and accomplishment. The publishers desire to extend their thanks to the gentlemen who have so faithfully labored to this end Thanks are also due to the citizens of Dearborn county for the uniform kindness with which they have regarded this undertaking, and for their many services rendered in the gaining of necessary information.
In placing the History of Dearborn County, Indiana, before the citi zens, the publishers can conscientiously claim that they have carried out the plan as outlined in the prospectus. Every biographical sketch in the work has been submitted to the party interested, for correction, and therefore any error of fact, if there be any, is solely due to the person for whom the sketch was prepared. Confident that our effort to please will fully meet the appro bation of the public, we are.
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