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Monona in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Monona’s Birthplace / Monona's History

 
 
Monona’s Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 31, 2013
1. Monona’s Birthplace Marker
Side 1
Inscription. Monona’s Birthplace

Dissatisfied with the services being provided by the Township of Blooming Grove, five residents of the area – Ernie Ferchland, Ray Owen, Ed Rothman, Walter Simon and Justin Waterman – met in Ernie’s Trading Post to discuss secession from the Township of Blooming Grove. With a $300 retainer, they secured legal service regarding the process. Community meetings were held over a span of five months and, in spite of opposition, a referendum to secede was passed (241 to 171) on August 29, 1938. Incorporation papers were signed on September 1, 1938. Monona Village comprised an area of 1.75 sq. miles with 350 families, a population of 1100, and an assessed evaluation of $1.5 million. It also contained seven miles of waterfront, fourteen miles of local streets, 3.5 miles of state highway, five bridges, three school districts and eight park areas.

Justin Waterman was elected the first village president.

Monona's History

Lake Monona and the Yahara River were popular campsites for Monona’s early inhabitants. Native Americans, especially the Ho-Chunk, settled near these clean and clear waters for access to food, farming and transportation. At least ten effigy mounds from these early natives remain in Monona.

Incorporation as a village in 1938 changed the landscape
Monona's History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 31, 2013
2. Monona's History Marker
Side 2
from farms and lakeside cottages to include more permanent homes and local businesses. The 1950s saw a surge of home building as the scattered landscape filled in and became a community. Eventually an increase in population led to a need for expanded facilities and services including police and fire protection, and street maintenance. As a result, Monona was chartered as a city in 1969.

With an idyllic lake setting and a civic-minded population, Monona from early days has met its responsibility as an emerging city.

Erected: September 1, 2013
Dane County Historical Society
Monona Landmarks Commission

 
Erected 2013 by Dane County Historical Society and Monona Landmarks Commission.
 
Location. 43° 4.276′ N, 89° 19.962′ W. Marker is in Monona, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Winnequah Road and Midmoor Road, on the left when traveling east on Winnequah Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53716, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ernie's Trading Post (here, next to this marker); George Kalbfleisch, Jr. Farm House (approx. ¼ mile away); Springhaven Pagoda
Ernie's Trading Post image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 31, 2013
3. Ernie's Trading Post
Close-up of photo attached to marker post
(approx. 0.3 miles away); The Dean House / Nathaniel Dean (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nathaniel Dean Farmhouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Otto Schroeder House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Boutell House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bungalowen (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Monona.
 
Also see . . .  Historical marker to honor Monona’s 75th anniversary. The Herald Independent, April 26, 2013. (Submitted on September 5, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansPoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
Monona’s Birthplace / Monona's History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 31, 2013
4. Monona’s Birthplace / Monona's History Marker
and Ernie's Trading Post Marker
Monona’s Birthplace / Monona's History Marker image. Click for full size.
September 14, 2013
5. Monona’s Birthplace / Monona's History Marker
Monona’s Birthplace / Monona's History Marker image. Click for full size.
September 14, 2013
6. Monona’s Birthplace / Monona's History Marker
Monona Motors image. Click for full size.
September 14, 2013
7. Monona Motors
In the building that was once Ernie's Trading Post.
Monona Motors image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 31, 2013
8. Monona Motors
In the building that was once Ernie's Trading Post
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5, 6, 7. submitted on .   8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • William J. Toman was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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