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Waupaca County Wisconsin – Historical Markers

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By Keith L, July 4, 2009
History of Big Falls Marker
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Big Falls — History of Big Falls
In 1887, A.W. Whitcomb erected a sawmill on this site and water from the river supplied the power. In 1890, the land was platted and the settlement became the Village of Big Falls. In 1923, Big Falls was incorporated. Today it is one of the smallest . . . — Map (db m25108) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Clintonville — 138 — Birthplace of an Airline
It was here in Clintonville that Wisconsin Central Airlines, now known as North Central Airlines, was founded in 1944. Fostered and promoted by the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company, the airline was an outgrowth of the company’s need for air . . . — Map (db m8178) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Clintonville — Clintonville Veterans Memorial
On these bronze plates are the honored names of those courageous men and women from the Clintonville area, who died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. They gave all their tomorrows so that we can have our today. We shall . . . — Map (db m78963) WM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Clintonville — 102 — Four–Wheel Drive
In this machine shop, in 1908, Otto Zachow and William Besserdich developed and built the first successful four-wheel drive automobile. Their first car, the “Battleship”, soon proved that it "could go anywhere a team of horses could . . . — Map (db m8108) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Clintonville — Portion of Wall of ChinaTaken Near Canton
Each stone represents a type of the stones used. The burned brick are 1700 years old. Donated by Sun Yat Sen · Harvey Decker Ek Hock Fung · James A. Bell Edward Mo Fung · Walter A. Olen — Map (db m25190) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Fremont — 48 — Old Wolf River Crossing
This landing was the chief point of entry for pioneers who first settled the land between the Wolf and Wisconsin Rivers. On June 1, 1852, a legislative proclamation opened these lands for settlement. The Big Crossing almost immediately followed and . . . — Map (db m33978) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Iola — 2 — 1999 Father's Day Fire
(side 1) June 20, 1999 – Father’s Day – was disrupted by a blaze that destroyed seven buildings on the west side of Main Street in downtown Iola under a gorgeous blue-sky and calm weather. More than 200 firefighters from . . . — Map (db m44330) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Iola — 3 — Birthplace of Numismatic News
Side A The first issue of “Numismatic News” was born here Oct. 13, 1952. From this start over the next 50 years grew Krause Publications, a business that published 50 periodicals and hundreds of book titles.

The idea . . . — Map (db m47672) HM

Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Iola — 4 — Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show
The Iola Old Car Show’s birth was a humble one. Its origins date to July 16, 1972, when Chet Krause extended to a couple score area collector car enthusiasts of his acquaintance to attend the 17th annual Iola Lions Club Chicken Roast fundraiser held . . . — Map (db m55166) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Iola — 518 — Iola Mills
Colonel J.W. Chandler, S.S. Chandler, and S. Miller built Iola's first dam and sawmill in 1853. The partners then constructed a grist mill, adding a flour mill two years later. In 1860, Henry Wipf purchased a controlling interest in the Iola . . . — Map (db m32951) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Iola — Iola Veterans Memorial
In Memory of our Veterans [names] Dedicated to Veterans of the Iola Scandinavia Area Erected 1976 Post 14 Map (db m33143) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Iola — 1 — Iola Winter Sports Club
The Iola Winter Sports Club’s origins trace back to January 11, 1910, with the organization of the Iola Ski Club. The first organized ski jumping tournament in Waupaca County was held at the School House Ski Hill, located in the 300 block of west . . . — Map (db m47671) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Iola — 6 — Iola’s Dr. LoopeMember of First University of Wisconsin Football Team
Side 1 The office and home of Dr. T.E. Loope, a member of the first organized University of Wisconsin football team back in 1889, stood on this site. Truman Elbert Loope was born on May 3, 1870, in Eureka, Wis., and graduated from the . . . — Map (db m78334) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Iola — 5 — Iola’s Early History
(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 . . . — Map (db m67232) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), King — Fish Raceway
In 1976, fish managers filled this raceway with 20,000 hybrid tiger muskies and installed mechanical feeders. Why? To find out if muskies would eat food pellets dispensed from mechanical feeders instead of minnows. The experiment worked! Pellets . . . — Map (db m76130) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), King — 422 — General Charles King1844 – 1933
Charles King, one of America's most illustrious soldiers, was born in New York and came to Milwaukee in 1845. His father was Rufus King, editor and publisher of the Milwaukee Sentinel and first commander of the famed Civil War Iron Brigade. . . . — Map (db m4961) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), King — 283 — Grand Army Home
The Grand Army Home was established in 1887 by the Wisconsin Department of the Grand Army of the Republic, a nationwide organization of Union veterans of the Civil War (1861-1865). The Home provided care for indigent veterans and their wives in a . . . — Map (db m4272) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), King — Hellestad House
Built in Scandinavia, WI in 1864 by Ole Hellestad. Restored on this site in 1999 by friends of Hartman Creek. — Map (db m79055) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), King — Lake with a Secret
George Allen's crude birch bark cribs provided habitat to grow 1-inch trout fingerlings large enough to be transplanted into area streams. These cribs still exist, preserved and concealed beneath the lake. In 1939, the State of Wisconsin took . . . — Map (db m79038) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), King — Old Coach Road
The old Coach Road ran from Oshkosh to Stevens Point and connected the towns of Rural and Amherst. Horses snort, wheels rattle and dust flies. If you were traveling between Oshkosh and Stevens Point during the 1880s, you'd have traveled . . . — Map (db m74529) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), King — Windfeldt Estate
In 1962, the Windfeldts sold this 80-acre site to the Wisconsin Conservation Department to be included in Hartman Creek State Park. Windfeldt Road honors this family. Can you spot any reminders of the old Windfeldt estate? Look for flowering . . . — Map (db m74969) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Manawa — 485 — Melvin O. HandrichCongressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Master Sergeant Melvin O. Handrich of the U.S. Army was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courageous action in battle near Sobuk San Mountain, Korea on August 25–26, 1950. Handrich was born in Manawa, . . . — Map (db m10758) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Marion — 73 — Chief Waupaca
Chief Waupaca, better known as Sam Wapuka, was a friendly Potawatomi Indian who lived in this vicinity about the time the first white men arrived. Although he was friendly to the settlers, his tribesmen were bitterly opposed to the invasion of the . . . — Map (db m20634) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), New London — 282 — Birthplace of the American Water Spaniel
Of all the breeds of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club, only five were developed in the United States and one, the American Water Spaniel, originated in Wisconsin. The development of the Water Spaniel as a purebred was due largely to the . . . — Map (db m8224) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Scandinavia — Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer
Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, first Lutheran church in Waupaca county, was built in 1856 directly across the road. It was enlarged in the form of a Cross in 1867, and demolished in 1928. Pastor Nils Brandt . . . — Map (db m21919) HM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Symco — Veterans Memorial
✞ Dedicated to Our Veterans Who so Honorably Served God and Country — Map (db m79673) WM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Waupaca — Waupaca County War Memorial
Korea • Vietnam Erected to honor those of Waupaca County Wisconsin who answered their country's call and gave their lives for the great cause of liberty 1917 – 1919 Erected to honor those of Waupaca, . . . — Map (db m47077) WM
Wisconsin (Waupaca County), Weyauwega — Veterans Memorial
. . . — Map (db m71193) WM

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