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Iola in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Iola’s Early History

 
 
Iola’s Early History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 11, 2013
1. Iola’s Early History Marker
Inscription. (side 1)
Iola is located in the area previously known as the “Indian Land” – the land west of the Wolf River and north of the Waupaca (Tomorrow) River. It was opened for settlement after an 1848 treaty, initially disputed by members of the Menomonee tribe who resided here, that was finally formally accepted June 1, 1852. The area was initially settled by Yankees from New England and Swiss immigrants, followed by Norwegians, who became the predominant ethnic group by the late 1800s. A dam over the South Branch of the Little Wolf River was built in 1853, with a sawmill being built by the Chandler brothers in 1854, the same year Iola Township was named. In 1853, the area adjacent to the mill was platted to the village and a post office was established in 1855; the budding community was initially known as Chandler Mills, but soon adopted the township name. The Wipf family took over the sawmill in 1857, and in 1860 added the central structure of what became the Iola Mills grist mill operation. The area was a bustling center for lumber and potatoes, and was incorporated as the village of Iola in 1892. The Iola and Northern Railroad Company was formed in May of 1893 and it was chartered to operate from Scandinavia northwest, linking the village to the nation’s growing railroad system. Popular fable holds that Iola
Iola’s Early History Marker - Reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 11, 2013
2. Iola’s Early History Marker - Reverse side
was named after a local Indian princess, but that belief has never been historically verified.
(Pictures continue on other side)

(side 2)
[pictures & captions below]
 
Erected 2012 by Iola Historical Society. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 44° 30.443′ N, 89° 7.765′ W. Marker is in Iola, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is at the intersection of East State Street (Wisconsin Route 49) and South Washington Street, on the right when traveling west on East State Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 E State St, Iola WI 54945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1999 Father's Day Fire (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Iola’s Dr. Loope (about 500 feet away); Birthplace of Numismatic News (about 500 feet away); Iola Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); The “Spud Alley” Era (about 700 feet away); Iola Mills (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show (approx. 0.3 miles away); Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Iola.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Iola’s Early History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 11, 2013
3. Iola’s Early History Marker
in front of visitor information stand
Iola’s Early History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 11, 2013
4. Iola’s Early History Marker
Upper left photo: Earliest known photo (circa 1860) of the Iola Mills and the Chandler Brothers’ sawmill, which operated until circa 1930.
Iola’s Early History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 11, 2013
5. Iola’s Early History Marker
Lower left photo: Main St., looking north toward the Iola Mill, circa 1900.
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By Paul Fehrenbach, July 11, 2013
6. Iola’s Early History Marker
Center photo: Native American artifacts found throughout Waupaca County, from the extensive Ray Elmer Towne collection on display at the Iola Historical Society’s Museum.
Iola’s Early History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 11, 2013
7. Iola’s Early History Marker
Upper right photo: Sawmill activity on the Iola mill pond in the late 1800s.
Iola’s Early History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 11, 2013
8. Iola’s Early History Marker
Lower right photo: Iola Depot and locomotive No. 2, early 1900s. The original depot is located at the Iola Historical Society history village on Depot St.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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