Marinette County WIGenWeb - Centennial History - Towns, part B

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The Townships and Communities
(continued ... Grover, Coleman, Crivitz, Dunbar)

In 1892, Grover separated from Peshtigo and was admitted as a township. Ernest Lepinsky was the first representative to the county board. Lepinsky, A.H. Colburn and F. Weinhart were the first officials of the new town. This area was originally settled by Harvey England, who came from New York state in 1864. England owned 160 acres, and was primarily engaged in farming and lumbering. He had been instrumental insetting up the Town of Peshtigo. today, Gover has a population of 1,540, and includes the unincorporated communities of Harmony and County Line.

The first white man to make a permanent settlement in what was to become the Town of Coleman (then known as Sugar Bush) was Joseph Brault, in 1870. He had just built a cabin when the Peshtigo Fire left him surrounded by a vast, desolate region. He resolved to stay on his land, and soon a colony of French people became his neighbors. Owing to bad roads, the beginnings of Coleman were slow, until the opening of the Milwaukee and Northern Railroad, in the early 1880s. One of the first industries in Coleman was the Little River Mill, built by Richardson, but unsuccessful in its operation until purchased by E.E. Bolles and Company, around the turn of the century. The Brault Mill also contributed to the success of the community in the early days, as it sawed lumber for farmers of the surrounding countryside. Coleman was organized as a township in 1893.

In 1897, Crivitz became a township. In the early 1860s, Levi P. Hale and John Seymour set up a trading post about six miles northwest of the present village of Crivitz. In later years, this became known as Ellis Junction, named for William Ellis, superintendent of the Peshtigo Lumber Company which gave the right of way through this area. Ellis Junction was a main stop of this railroad. It was platted in the mid 1880s by Ellis and Fred Bartles, and named for the latter's birthplace, Crivitz, Germany. Crivitz incorporated as a village in1913, although it dissolved as such fourteen years later to become a part of the Town of Stephenson. Finally, in 1974, it was again incorporated, and by last census has a population of 960.

Twenty years after the formation of Marinette County, Dunbar became a township. A.C. Wells was its first representative to the county board. Dunbar is said to take its name from a lumbercamp cook who took charge of supplies for lumber camps as they were dropped at the railroad station, in the 1880s. As the trains neared the station, trainmen could be heard to call, "Anything for Dunbar today?" At the beginning of the century, Dunbar was still primarily a lumber town, with a population of 400. Its chief industry was the Girard Lumber Company, though it was also the headquarters of the Dunbar and Wausaukee Railroad. Today the township has a population of 320. Twelve Foot Falls Park, a fine recreational area, is located here.

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