A History of Fillmore County, Minnesota, dated 1858, is most revealing. It was produced as an "outline of the resources, advantages and the inducements offered to those seeking homes in the West." It came from J.W. Bishop of Chatfield. In his “prefatory” he tells that what follows is his observation of Fillmore County, and "we would derogate nothing from our neighbors, that as an area we have a ready welcome to offer the emigrant."