Would Plymouth by any other name be so sweet?

History on the Move begins its winter season at Lakeview Community Library, 112 Butler Street in Random Lake on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The topic for this presentation is the city of Plymouth, Wisconsin.

What’s in a name? Springfield, Tahanta, Quitquire, Quitquioc or Plymouth. Five names, one city. Imagine what might be different had Plymouth been named one of the others.

Henry I. Davidson, founder of the Cold Spring House and original settler, wanted to give the name of Springfield to his new place of settlement, after the springs found close by. But, his son, Thomas, insisted on calling it Plymouth, not as one would expect after the town of that name in Massachusetts, but in memory of the town of Plymouth, Connecticut, where his former sweetheart died and lay buried. Tahanta, Quitquire and Quitquioc all came from the area’s other small settlement along the Mullet River. Quitquioc was the intended name. Quitquire was the misspelled name given to the settlement by the state legislature in 1852. And Tahanta, well, that was an odd attempt by four people to rid the settlement of the name Quitquioc. After a good deal of time and compromise, this beautiful area took the name Plymouth and has proudly proclaimed it ever since.

The program runs from 1:00pm to 2:30pm and is held in the library’s lower level meeting room. For questions call the Research Center at 920-467-4667, Lakeview Community Library at 920- 994-4825 or check the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center on Facebook for updates. This presentation is open to the public. There is no charge.

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