“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Stone Bank in Waukesha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Stone Bank

Stone Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Linda Hansen, 2009
1. Stone Bank Marker
Inscription.  Indian trails crossed heavily forested land when the first speculator, John Rockwell, came to what is now called Stone Bank in 1839. He purchased land from the government for $1.25 per acre. John Johnson arrived in 1840. John Weigand, J. Weichert, Christian Hershey and John Schneider came soon after. Johnson built a dam, and the first sawmill on the Coonamowoc River in 1842. The settlement was called Johnson's Mill.

James Miles, David Mason and John Ferguson arrived in 1842. Ferguson purchased a portion of the mill privilege. He built a gristmill in 1844 and new sawmill in 1845. This supplied much of the lumber for the Watertown Plank Road. A log school was built in 1843. Norwegians began calling the settlement Newberg, meaning "New Town".

The Lutheran Church was organized in 1844. Leonard Redua operated the first store in 1845 in his log home. The post office was established there in 1858, and Newberg was changed to Stone Bank. The Presbyterian Church was organized in 1852. A frame school was built in 1858 on land donated by Rockwell where the present school stands. The farming community had a blacksmith, wagon, harness, cooper,

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carpenter, cobbler, barber and tailor shops, livery stable, creamery, general stores and social halls. Hotels and resorts soon followed on the beautiful lakes surrounding Stone Bank. Today Stone Bank is an enterprising and growing residential community.
Erected 1993 by Waukesha County Historical Society. (Marker Number 28-01.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
Location. 43° 8.545′ N, 88° 24.552′ W. Marker is in Stone Bank, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker is on County Route K close to Reynolds Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oconomowoc WI 53066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North Lake (approx. 2.2 miles away); Historic Okauchee (approx. 2.6 miles away); Gustaf Unonius, New Upsala, and the Scandinavian Parish (approx. 3.2 miles away); Beaumont Hop House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Hartland’s Founder’s Home, First Church and Historic Tavern (approx. 4.2 miles away); Village of Hartland (approx. 4.2 miles away); Nashotah Mission (approx. 4.3 miles away); Monches (approx. 4.6 miles away).
Stone Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Linda Hansen, 2009
2. Stone Bank Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 8, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,260 times since then and 165 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 8, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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