Kilbourn & the "Badger"
We ask a perusal of the following resolution from the inhabitants of this county, & especially from the citizens of this side of the river, and then we ask if such meanness, illiberality, and selfishness as characterize Mr. Kilbourn in this transaction, is worthy a man of character or sound principles. Read it, and then judge who is "selfish" and who is the promoter of "sectional and local prejudices and feeling." The boat is owned by the corporation of the west side, and is supported by tax or the property within the incorporation. The copy of the resolution was obtained of the clerk of the Board by some of our citizens.
At a meeting of the Trustees on the west side of the river, the following resolution was passed:
"Resolved, That the president of the Board of Trustees of the town of Milwaukee, on the west side of the River, be, and is hereby authorized to take a loan by Byron Kilbourn to the amount of hundred dollars, for the purpose of furnishing and putting into order the Harbor Steamboat, owned by said corporation, sometimes called by the name of Menomonee or Badger, and that in case said Kilbourn shall loan to said corporation said sum of one hundred dollars, the Board of Trustees of said Town hereby stipulate to run said boat to and from the Lake, first touching on its upward trip at the wharf in front of LeLeland's Exchange, and then at such other points on the west side of the river as they may deem proper, likewise, in her upwards or downwards trip, but not in any case to touch on the East side of the river, nor to take load and passengers on the east side in her upward or downward trip at any time or under any circumstances during the year 1839, said loan to be refunded by the first earnings of the said boat in the same rate as other loans shall be paid which have been contracted for the same purposes."
I certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a resolution passed the 7th day of May, 1839, by the President and Trustees of the town of Milwaukee, on the west side of the river, as appears on record.
Clk. Board of Trustees