Monona in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Monona’s Birthplace / Monona's History
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.
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
With an idyllic lake setting and a civic-minded population, Monona from early days has met its responsibility as an emerging city.
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map 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 Americans • Politics • Settlements & Settlers •
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