From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 950-951

CAPT. FRANK BARNES, proprietor of the Scutanawbequon (Fire Canoe); was born in Rhode Island in October 1829; is the son of Amos and Margaret Dickens BARNES, of Westerly, R.I.; both grandfathers were seafaring men and coasters; Frank worked several years as carpenter and joiner; he came to Wisconsin in 1856, and settled in Whitewater, Walworth Co., where for eight years he worked at his trade; he built several row and sail boats, and in 1864, he built the side-wheel steamer "Scutanawbequen," and launched it July 21, 1864, on Lake Monona; this was the first steamer on the Four Lakes; his present boat is the third one built by him, and named "Scutanawbequon," which he says means "Fire Canoe." He was married in October 1867 to Miss Kate G. TARR, of Whitewater, Wis. In 1870, he bought 10 acres of land on southwest bank of Lake Monona, including the old Indian garden and watering-place known as "Winnequah," which signifies "good water;" to this point he runs his boat at brief intervals from "Angle Worm Station." Mrs. BARNES is an Episcopalian. Capt. BARNES is a social philosopher, well known to pleasure-seekers in Madison.

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