Tom Wilson: Motives of early Galesburg colonists

From the Register-Mail:

During 1937 Dr. H.R. Muelder of Knox College’s history department presented a series of lectures at Central Congregational Church about the community’s early pioneers. Muelder was later to serve as acting president of the college.

Muelder painted a vivid picture of the pioneers. He pointed out that they had problems and sought the best ways to solve them. They were forced to exchange hardships for anticipated rewards.

The wives had the most to lose and the least to gain in the pioneer adventure. They more often than not had to give up their original customs for a life of hardship. Muelder pointed out that it was common in most pioneer cemeteries that as many as three wives were buried with pioneer husbands.