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Chippewa Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Site of the Hiram S. Allen Home

 
 
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By Keith L, October 28, 2010
1. Site of the Hiram S. Allen Home Marker
Inscription. This Columbia Street site was the location of the ornate pioneer mansion built by Hiram Stores Allen. Called the founder of Chippewa Falls, Hiram built the first grist-mill, the first flour-mill, and the first hotel in Chippewa Falls. He operated the Allen & Bass Sawmill on the Chippewa River and also built keel boats to navigate the Chippewa and Mississippi Rivers.

In 1838 Hiram married Marie De Marie, a beautiful young Indian maiden of the Chippewa Tribe. She was the daughter of Louis De Marie, one of the first ever settlers in this area. Eleven children were born to this union: Mary, Henry, Laura, Charles, Charlotte, Edward, Angeline, Ira, Cordelia, John, and Hannah.

Upon the organization of Chippewa County in 1853, Mr. Allen was the unanimous choice of the people for county treasurer. He also became the first postmaster of Chippewa Falls and under his direction, the village was surveyed and plotted.

The site of this home originally encompassed a large area running down to Duncan Creek and was frequented by the Chippewa Indians in the 1800's. They made their camp on Allen land with their tepees to trade with the white people for supplies. The Allen's were their friends and spoke their language.

Chippewa County Historical Society
Marker Sign #38

 
Erected by
Site of the Hiram S. Allen Home and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
2. Site of the Hiram S. Allen Home and Marker
the Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 38.)
 
Location. 44° 56.317′ N, 91° 23.546′ W. Marker is in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is on East Columbia Street west of Rushman Drive (Wisconsin Highway 124), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44 East. Columbia Street, Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Mason Shoe Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); The Federal Building & Early Mail Service (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward Rutledge Charity (about 600 feet away); The Norway House & the Birthplace of Alexander Wiley (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sokup's Market (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of All Veterans (approx. mile away); Oldest Commercial Building in Chippewa Falls (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
 
Also see . . .  Historical Accounts of Chippewa County. Area Meets Criteria for Sawmills. (Submitted on December 11, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 783 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 11, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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