September 16, 1860: Hamlin Garland, writer, was born at West Salem in La Crosse County. He moved with his parents shortly after the Civil War to Iowa and then to South Dakota. In 1884 Garland moved to Boston where he started writing. He returned to West Salem in 1893 to be in closer touch with the settings he wished to depict in his writings. His work, "A Daughter of the Middle Border," won a Pulitzer Prize in 1921.