of the Farm that is now the
Location of Mocha Moment
by Frank W. Douglas
What prompted [W. H. H. Douglas
and his wife, Fanny] to come to Wisconsin [from New York] is anyone's
They came out here by covered wagon in 1854. Janesville was only 19
years old at the time, and this makes them one of the early settlers
of this community. ...the
journey took them almost six weeks to complete. How much can one carry in a covered
wagon along with 2 adults and 3 children? Surviving today are a
Waterford crystal water pitcher, Fannie's Scripture book, and his book,
The Clergy of America.
On June 6, 1854, W. H. H. Douglas became the 4th pastor of the local
Baptist church that had been founded in 1847. ...shortly after their
arrival with money from Fannie's dowry, they purchased 1,500 acres
of land south of the Rock River and east of what is now Center
This is in the Monterey Bridge area. While attending to the affairs
of the church, they also ran a farm. During these years they built
the house that still stands at 1222
Marquette Street just off Center
Avenue and State Street. [The house] is made out of Milwaukee bricks
and stone. The bricks were traded for a load of farm produce that
[W. H. H. Douglas] took to Milwaukee. The round trip would take about
a week. The stone came from the nearby Miltmore limestone quarry.
The church building that he preached
in is [still standing] at the corner
of Cherry and West Court Streets.
This building once had
a pointed facade to make it look like a Greek revival piece
of architecture. Note the four-column like brick projections on the
front. During the 1870's it served as the Wm. Tallman perfume factory
and [in the 1970's] the Hulick Printing Company.
A year after W. H. H. Douglas took up his pastoral duties here
in Janesville, a second son was born. He was William Arthur,
born June, 20, 1855. Life on the farm was typical of the
era. A wing was added later to the north [of the farm house] on the
[west] side. The windows
do not have a large block of stone over their top part as
those do in the original house...
Grandpa Frank often told how Indians would camp along the
river near their house and often asked or perhaps stole
a chicken for something to eat. I remember my own father telling of
how cool the water was on a warm day that they pumped from the well
farm... Grandpa (Frank) Douglas told how his father and other farmers
south of the river got together and built a simple wooden bridge about
where the present day Monterey Bridge is now. This enabled them to get
to town easier when the river was high due to rain or spring run-off.