Back at the beginning of the American Revolution in Boston, the Colonial Patriots wanted to know the British plans.

     The tower in the North Church held a lantern — one if by land and two if by sea. The signal was one (the original whistle-blower) and three mounted riders set out to Lexington to warn that the British were coming.

     Although Paul Revere is credited with that ride, he was detained by the British; however, a Wm. Dawes did bring the warning.

     Dawes son, Wm. Jr., was appointed a surveyor of the Northwest Territories by Thomas Jefferson and was part of what was a monumental task — a wonderful accounting of all of the five states in that survey.

     Wm. Dawes Jr. ended up in Ripon and is buried at Hillside Cemetery. ...

— Allan J. Mortenson
360 Ardmore Ave.

To read the entire letter, see the Dec. 5, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.