“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Redgranite in Waushara County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Fargoville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Fitzie Heimdahl
1. Fargoville Marker
Inscription.  On this site once stood the hamlet of Fargoville. In 1864, brothers Thomas and Joseph Hamilton, along with another business partner, built a saw and grist mill on Willow Creek. The nascent town was called Hamilton Mills for the brothers, who also operated a general merchandizing firm in Berlin, Wisconsin, and owned 960 acres of nearby cranberry marsh. As Settlers moved into the area and population grew, more businesses followed, including blacksmith shop, a firm selling wagons and implements, and a general merchandize store. Hamilton Mills also had a post office, dance hall, and school.

By 1880, the Hamilton brothers had mutually agreed to dissolve their partnership. Thomas E. Decker, an entrepreneur, purchased the mills from Thomas Hamilton and in 1882 expanded his ventures by building a cheese factory near the artesian well about 100 yards from this sign. Decker served as the Warren township chair as well as county board supervisor. In 1885, he secured $2000, half from the county and half from the township, to build a bridge near his mill over Willow Creek. The next year, Decker sold the cheese factory to J.R. Wilcox, and in 1895 it became

Former location of the Fargoville hamlet. image. Click for full size.
By Lisa Peters, January 17, 2021
2. Former location of the Fargoville hamlet.
To the left is where the original mill pond was. The trees cover where it slopes down into what is left of it. I've been told by some of the old timers is that most of the town, including the school, was across Willow creek on the other side of the mill pond.
the Warren Cheese and Butter Company. Meanwhile, Thomas Hamilton remained active in the area improving and building roads to facilitate local transportation.

In 1893, the town was renamed Fargoville. Nevertheless ten years later the post office was closed. In the early twentieth century Waushara County began a long population decline that severely affected Fargoville and several other nearby small towns including Terrill, Sonora, and Howe’s Corners. The Fargoville School, located on the north side of Willow Creek, operated into the 1930s, but closed soon thereafter. In time the town’s ice house, hotel, and Hamilton Hall, a popular meeting and dance hall, fell into disrepair. The hotel, Fargoville’s last standing building, was torn down in 1949.
Erected 2020 by Dominic & Josephine Marshall Trust. (Marker Number 583.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 44° 3.214′ N, 89° 1.734′ W. Marker is near Redgranite, Wisconsin, in Waushara County. Marker is on 29th Lane 0.2 miles north of Cottonville Court, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29th Lane, Redgranite WI 54970, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Auroraville Fountain

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(approx. 1.8 miles away); Upper Fox River (approx. 6.6 miles away); Lucy Smith Morris (approx. 7.3 miles away); Poygan Paygrounds (approx. 10˝ miles away); Neshkoro War Memorial (approx. 11.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 14.8 miles away); Princeton War Memorial (approx. 14.9 miles away); American Legion Post 366 War Memorial (approx. 15 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2020, by Fitzie Heimdahl of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 17, 2020, by Fitzie Heimdahl of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on January 17, 2021. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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