Built in 1860 by Edward Coade, this stone building replaced a log structure previously on this site.r>History of Iowa County, page 675: "The terrible and sanguinary fierceness of some of those early encounters is hardly describable ; neither can the coolness and determination which was characteristic of most of those men be fully comprehended. At one time, while H. B. Welch was editing the Miners Free Press, and Charles Bracken, the stern old pioneer, was conducting the Galena Commonwealth, Welch published an article peculiarly odious to the opposing journalist. As a result, the first time they met. Bracken deliberately cowhided Welch. One day, not long after, Mr. Bracken was walking leisurely down High street, leading a horse, when Welch came out of his log building, which stood on the Coade lot. No. 41, armed with shot-gun and pistols, and started in pursuit of Bracken, firing at him as he went. Within a minute the male residents of High and Commerce streets were out looking on in great excitement, but nothing was done except that different parties stepped forward with pistols for the belligerents. Mr. Bracken turned neither to the right nor the left, but walked along until he reached Commerce street, Welch having in the meantime shot at him six times; then he turned, coolly drew a pistol, and, taking deliberate aim, fired at his antagonist, laying him out, but not killing him. Bracken then, without more ado, pursued his way." This building is included in the Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory under record number 59703. See: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/ahi/
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