Submitted by Dianna Williams
Map found at the WI Historical Library, madison,, WI and transcribed 1978
This page contains two tables that reveal "how many miles it was from one township to another". During 1978 I transcribed this information that had many maps and atlases of various areas in the U.S.A. between 1870-1920.
To use the following two tables, I will use a letter my Grandma (Maude HAILE WILLIAMS) wrote to me June 3, 1971, about traveling to Uncle Tom's homestead for a Sunday visit once a month.
"When I was a little youngin we would wake up when the rooster cocked and in an 1/2 hour leave to go to Uncle Tom's in Johnsonville. We traveled in an open wagon pulled by a team of working horses. We always got to Uncle Tom's homestead in time to leave and go to church (10:00 a.m. service). After church we went back to Uncle Tom's and ate. We stayed until 3:00. Pa hitched the team and Ma packed a snack".
Now, I don't know about you but, I get 'antsy' riding 20 minutes in a car! So I wondered how far did they travel to visit a family member in a 'bumby wagon' that averaged 2-3 miles an hour?
To find out, use the two charts below: Township Numbers and Table of Distance. Use the Township Numbers chart to get the number for the two townships you are traveling between, e.g., 15 for Wayne City and 8 for Johnsonville. With those two numbers, go to the Table of Distance chart.
|1 Barnhill||6 Farfield||11 Middleton|
|2 Blue Point||7 Jeffersonville||12 New Massillion|
|3 Cisne||8 Johnsonville||13 Rinard|
|4 Cincinnati||9 Keensville||14 Scottsville|
|5 Enterprise||10 Mt .Erie||15 Wayne City|
Look down the far left column to 15, which we got from the chart above in our example, and then move right to line up with number 8 to find the miles in distance which is 14.5 miles.
TABLE OF DISTANCE
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