Oakfield Emigrants vs. Milwaukee EmigrantsThe Milwaukee Kansas Aid Society Beaten all to Pieces
Republican Sentinel [Beaver Dam], May 25, 1856
We saw yesterday a train of eleven covered wagons, drawn by oxen, mostly, pass through this city en route for Iowa. They were from Oakfield, Fond du Lac County. The covering of each wagon was painted, and inside were stowed away the families and such articles of household goods as they saw fit to take. The rear was brought up by quite a drove of cattle, driven by a number of smart healthy looking youngsters belonging to the train. The whole company had a robust honest appearance, and will make the best of settlers.
Mark the contrast-These persons have gone quietly to work and fitted
themselves out in excellent style for their journey without the aid of
the contribution box or donation of "Sharpe's rifles." They
presented a pleasing contrast to the vast company of five lean, lank,
contribution teams which left Milwaukee yesterday under the auspices of
the Wisconsin Kansas Aid Society, for Kansas. They were loaded with "Sharpe's
Rifles," fit instruments for cowards and assassins. Such persons,
instead of going to till the soil and build up the country, are but the
instruments of northern abolitionists and hot-brained fanatics, who are
continually striving to keep the country in trouble. We have no wish for
their success, knowing that they are a misguided and bent on mischief.
Newspaper clipping courtesy Kevin Dier-Zimmel.