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E. B. Gustafson

The following accounts are in some respects different
from most historical sources. They are neither letters
nor ordinary newspaper articles. They are rather
accounts or recollections of events, as they were told by
outstanding contemporary persons to the people at the
time. The newspaper was the medium through which
the information was conveyed to the people and
consequently became the means by which it was preserved
as an historical source. The articles deal with events
during the third quarter of the nineteenth century and
were written by men who had lived in the respective
communities during that period. This information was
interesting at the time, and it is equally interesting to-day.

The purpose of these articles was not only to provide
interesting reading for the newspaper readers of that
day, but also to provide a written record of early
events and conditions for future use. Colonel Hans
Mattson had two plans by which he hoped to secure the
material. He expected to send out men to collect
information from the districts where the Swedes had first
settled and also to have some of the settlers within these
districts write about the events as they knew them. It
was the latter of these plans that proved to be most

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