|Stories, essays, poetry, letters, and recollections written by
Fairwater area residents:
- "A Pioneer
Boyhood," James B. Pond, from The Century Magazine, 1899; Pond's
description of his experiences growing up two miles from Fairwater in northern Alto
Township in the 1840's and 1850's.
Question Answered," James B. Pond, from Eccentricities of
Genius, 1900, Pond's autobiographical preface to his portraits of the
men and women he managed on the Lyceum circuit, mentioning his early abolitionist
activities and emphasizing his experiences with Mormonism in Utah.
Sumner," James B. Pond, from Eccentricities of
Genius, 1900, an autobiographical piece relating a
disillusioning encounter between the great albolitionist spokesman and Pond and his
father, Willard Pond, in 1858 in Ripon, Wisconsin.
- From "Eccentricities of
Genius," James B. Pond, the journal account of Pond's 1895 journey across North
America with Mark Twain as manager of the first leg of Twain's world tour (transcript on
the University of Virginia electronic text site, courtesy of Stephen Railton); Pond's photographs of the trip
are included; Pond's role in and publicity for the 1894-95 tour of Twain and George W.
Cable is also on the site, titled "Touring with Cable and
Booth War in Ripon," George W. Carter, from Proceedings of the State
Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1902; a firsthand account by a Fairwater native--and
later a Ripon-area attorney--of the armed standoff between Federal marshals and
antislavery activists in Ripon in 1860.
- Tom Montag, Fairwater resident since the mid-1970s, has edited
Margins: A Review of Little Magazines and Small Press Books (1972-76), has
published a collection of critical pieces in Concern/s: essays and reviews
(1977), has edited and contributed to the Fox River Patriot, and has published
numerous books of poetry, including Making Hay & Other Poems (1975), Between
Zen & Midwestern (1981), Middle Ground (1982), and The Ox of Paradox