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Towns

 

TOWNS, like counties, were created by the state to provide basic municipal services. Rooted in New England and New York tradition, town government came to Wisconsin with the settlers, but Wisconsin towns were not like their Eastern counterparts that reflected the existing patterns of local settlement. In Wisconsin, towns are geographical subdivisions of counties. Towns originally served (and for the most part they continue to serve) rural areas. Towns govern those areas of Wisconsin not included in the corporate boundaries of cities and villages.

The difference between "township" and "town" often confuses the public. In Wisconsin, "township' refers to the surveyor's township which was laid out to identify land parcels within a county. Theoretically, a township is a square tract of land, measuring six miles on a side for a total of 36 square miles in the unit. Each township is divided into 36 sections. "Town", as the word is used in Wisconsin, denotes a specific unit of government. Its boundaries may coincide with the surveyor's township or it may look quite different. A Town may include one, parts of, or several townships.



[Information above taken from State of Wisconsin Blue Book 1997-1998 Compiled by the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. chpt. "The Changing World of Wisconsin Local Government'" sec. 3. Municipalities: The Most local of Governments. pags115-122. Wisconsin Blue Books are Publ. Biennially In Odd-Numbered Years.]

 

Map of Price Co and Towns_Tams.jpgPrice County is currently divided into 17 'TOWNS' however, it began with only two.

 

When Price County was first formed, it included two Towns:

Brannan and Worcester.

 

 

As more settlers moved into the county, additional Towns were formed to govern the various areas of settlements.

 

 

 

They are listed here in order of when they were formed.

 

Name of Town

Date Town Formed:

Date Town Formed: Name of Town Formed From

greenbut.gif Brannan tag_updated-1.gif

26 Feb 1879

One of two original towns in Price County established by legislature.

greenbut.gif Worcester

26 Feb 1879

One of two original towns in Price County established by legislature.

greenbut.gif Fifield

18 Nov 1879

Formed form part of Town of Worcester

greenbut.gif Ogema

15 Jul 1882

Formed from part of Town of Brannan

greenbut.gif Prentice

27 Jan 1886

Formed from parts of the Towns of Brannan and Worcester

greenbut.gif Georgetown

20 Dec 1887

Formed from part of Town of Worcester

greenbut.gif Hackett

20 Dec 1887

Formed from parts of the Towns of Prentice and Worcester

greenbut.gif Lake

22 Nov 1888

Formed from part of Town of Fifield

greenbut.gif Kennan

08 Jan 1889

Formed from parts of Towns of Ogema and Georgetown

greenbut.gif Emery

09 Jan 1889

Formed from parts of Towns of Worcester and Hackett

greenbut.gif Hill

17 Nov 1892

Formed from part of Town of Brannan

greenbut.gif Knox

18 Nov 1895

Formed from part of Town of Brannan

greenbut.gif Catawba

15 Nov 1901

Formed from part of Town of Kennan

greenbut.gif Eisenstein

13 Nov 1902

Formed from part of Town of Lake

greenbut.gif Harmony

13 Nov 1907

Formed from part of Town of Worcester

greenbut.gif Elk

01 May 1912

Formed from part of Town of Worcester

greenbut.gif Flambeau

27 Jan 1920

Formed from parts of Towns of Lake and Elk

greenbut.gif Spirit

23 Nov 1921

Formed from part of Towns of Brannan

 

 

 

 

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