History of Manitowoc County 1674-1911

From "History of Manitowoc County" by Dr. Louis Falge, 1912


1674 – Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet, on their return from the
discovery of the Mississippi River, by way of the Chicago Portage, paddled
along the shore of our county on their way to Green Bay.

1675 – Father Marquette on his way southward again passes our shores in

1679 – La Salle with fourteen men leaves Green Bay, crosses the Sturgeon Bay
Portage, and passes the Manitowoc county shore on his journey southward.

1693 – Father Allonez voyaged on the West Shore of Lake Michigan on his
way to Illinois.

1699 – The Jesuit missionary St. Cosme and Henri de Tonty are the next
travelers to see our shores; likewise southward bound.

1779 – Pilot Samuel Robertson of the British sloop “Felicity” learns from
the Indians of Milwaukee that Monsieur Fay, a trader, is stationed at Two Riv-
ers. This is the first historic allusion to any locality of Manitowoc county.

1763 – New France including Manitowoc county was ceded by France to
Great Britain, as a result of the French and Indian war.

I774 – By the “Quebec Act” Manitowoc county was included in the Province
of Quebec.

1783 – By the Treaty of Paris, at the end of the Revolutionary war, all the
Territory east of the Mississippi was ceded by Great Britain to the United States.

1784-5-6-Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut ceded to the federal gov-
ernment such claims to trans-Alleghany lands (including Manitowoc county) as
they inherited through royal charters.

1787 – By the “Ordinance of 1787” the Northwest Territory was organized
including the present states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Local government in Wisconsin was, however, still under the control of British
fur traders, who were protected by the British garrison at Mackinac, this with
other posts on the upper Great Lakes being retained by Great Britain until 1796,
in violation of the Treaty of Paris.

1795 – Jean Vieau, an employee of the Northwest Fur Company is sent from
Mackinac to establish trading posts on the west shore of Lake Michigan. Land-
ing at Two Creeks he proceeds to town Gibson establishing one on Jambo Creek,
section 27, and another at Manitowoc Rapids.

1800 – Indiana Territory organized including Wisconsin with General Wil-
liam Henry Harrison as governor, Wisconsin becoming a part of St. Clair

1804 – Captain Thomas G. Anderson journeys from Milwaukee to Green Bay
on foot. Remains one night at the lodge of a Pottawottomie chief, Nanabonjon
at Two Rivers, who entertains him with an account of the origin of his tribe.
1809 – Illinois Territory created including what is now Michigan and Wisconsin.
The lands of our county continued in St. Clair county.

1816-17 – In this winter Mr. Bouteiller was the licensed trader among the 
natives at Two Rivers.

1818 – Michigan Territory organized including Wisconsin, our county was then
included in Brown county.

1818 – Col. Abraham Edwards with seven canoemen pass Manitowoc and Two Rivers 
where the lake was lined with Indians spearing fish.

1821 – Dr. William S. Madison, post surgeon at Fort Howard, while on a furlough,
homeward bound for Kentucky, is shot from ambush by Ketauhah, a Chippewa Indian,
near Francis Creek on the Green Bay Road. The murderer is hanged at Detroit in 
the following December.

1825 – Colonel William S. Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton, with a drove of
cattle for the Green Bay garrison, passes along the Green Bay Road.

1827 – Chief Mexico signs the treaty of Butte de Morts.

1828 – Chief Mexico signs the treaty of Green Bay.

1829 – Chief Mexico signs the treaty of Prairie du Chien.

1830 – The Menominee tribe sold to the United States all that territory including
Manitowoc county east of Green Bay, Fox River, Lake Winnebago and the Milwaukee River.

1832 – Joshua I. Boyd granted a trader’s license to trade at Two Rivers, Neeshotiwajoc,
but was murdered by a drunken Chippewa before reaching his destination.

1833 – Chief Mexico signs the treaty of Chicago.

1833-36 – Alexis Clermont carries mail along the Green Bay Road from Green Bay to 
Chicago on foot with an Oneida Indian for companion. The trip including return 
occupied one month.

1835 – Survey of Menominee Purchase of 1831 complete and lands opened for settlement.

1835 - August 3 – First entry of land in county that of Louis Fizette and William 
Jones at Manitowoc.

1835 - Sept. 10 – First entry of land at Two Rivers by Daniel Wells, Jr., 
S. W. Beal and Morgan L. Martin.

1836 – William and Benjamin Jones of Chicago and other land speculators organize
the Manitowoc Land Company – best known as Jones, King R Company.

1836 - July 3 – Wisconsin set off from Michigan, becomes Wisconsin Territory.

I836 - Dec. 7 – Manitowoc county set off from Brown by act of legislature.

1837 – A sawmill built by Thayer, Rouse & Thompson on Manitowoc River at 
Thayersville, now Heins’ Mill. Robert M. Eberts and Judge John P. Arndt built a 
sawmill at Two Rivers. A sawmill built at Rapids by Jacob Conroe. A sawmill built 
at Neshoto by Stringham & Burnham.

1837 - July – First postoffice in county established at Manitowoc Rapids. 
J. W. Conroe, postmaster. Two mails weekly. Francis Flynn, mailcarrier.

1837 – Population of county about 180. Manitowoc 60; Two Rivers and Rapids 
each about 40; Thayersville 20; – dwindling to 6o in all in the fall when
the panic of ’37 was at its height. Lots sold at the enormous price of $1200, which
at the end of the year were practically worthless.

1837 - July – First wedding, ceremony performed by Benjamin Jones. E. L.
Abbott to Marie Smith, sister of Perry P. Smith.

1837 - September – First white child born in county, daughter of D. S. Munger
at Two Rivers.

1837 - October – First white child born in Manitowoc, Adaline, daughter of
Benjamin Jones, later the wife of Dr. S. C. Blake.

1838 - Dec. 17 – The whole of county set off into the single town of Conroe,
and organized for county purposes.

1839 - March 4 – First election in the county (town of Conroe) held at
the house of Pliny Pierce, Rapids. 40 votes cast.

1839 – The first private school taught by S. M. Peak at Manitowoc.

1840 – Total population of county is 240.

1840 – County House finished at Rapids by J. W. Conroe at a cost of $650.

1841 – First public school taught in county by Mr. Beardsley at Rapids.

1842 – Population of county, 263.

1843 – County divided into four road districts.

1843 – South Pier on Franklin street, at Manitowoc, built by Case 8 Clark.

1844 - Feb, 28 – St. James Episcopal parish of Manitowoc organized, the oldest
congregation of the county – Rev. Gustavus Unonius holding divine services.

1844 - May 7 – The county commissioners order the laying out of a road from
the mouth of the Manitowoc River westerly to Oliver C. Hubbard’s mill at

1844 – County Commissioners grant five tavern licenses to five individuals at
$5 each; one at Neshoto if applied for; one at the mouth of Two Rivers; one at
the mouth of Manitowoc River, two at Manitowoc Rapids.

1844 – Chief Mexico died and was buried at Rapids.

1846 – Population of county, 629.

1846 – Cooperstown postoffice established, then in Brown County,

1846 - February – The legislature appointed a commission consisting of Paul
Champlin, E. L. Abbott and Pliny Pierce, to lay out a territorial road from Mani-
towoc to Fond du Lac. This was the beginning of the Calumet Road.

1846 – Postoffice of Meeme established, Hy .B. Edson, postmaster.

1847 – Manitowoc postoffice established, J. H. Colby, postmaster.

1847 - Feb. 11.– The legislature appointed a commission consisting of Evander
M. Soper, Loyal H. Jones and Jas. D. Doty to lay out a road from Manitowoc to
Menasha, then known as Winnebago Rapids.

1847 - April 5 – First bridge in county completed and accepted. Built by Ira
Clark and Thomas Cunningham over the Manitowoc River at Rapids.

1847 - May 2 – A private census of Manitowoc by Adolph Wallich gives Manitowoc
a population of 89.

1847 - July 12 – Pest house in Manitowoc completed.

1847 – Capt. Joseph V. Edwards built the first schooner, the Citizen, of 64 tons.

1848 - Mar. 2 – Manitowoc county judicially separated from Brown county
and included in the third judicial district, Judge A. W. Stow, presiding for first
time, Sept. 15, 1848. O. C. Hubbard was chosen sheriff and E. Ricker, clerk. E.
K Ellis, J. W. Colby and J. L. Kyle were admitted to the bar.

1848 - May 29 – Wisconsin admitted to statehood.

1849 - Jan. 9 – The county commissioners divide the town of Conroe into four 
towns: Two Rivers, Manitowoc, Manitowoc Rapids and Meeme. First town meetings 
soon after are held at the house of Sebastian Boldus, American House, County 
House and at the house of Hy B. Edson, respectively.

1849 – Bridges built at Manitowoc, Little Manitowoc and East Twin River.

1849 - June 18 – System of County Commissioners superseded by the County Board 
of Supervisors. First meeting held June 28, Andrew J. Vieau representing 
Manitowoc; John Stewart, Two Rivers; Chas. McAllister, Rapids; Thos. Cunningham,
Meeme, the first named being chosen chairman.

1849 - Dec. 11 – Jail completed and accepted.

1850 - Feb. 9-By act of legislature, the northern tier of towns including 
Cooperstown, Gibson, Two Creeks and that part of Mishicot within Town 21, taken
from Brown and added to Manitowoc county.

1850 - Feb. 18 – Town of Newton, (including Liberty and Eaton) set off – first 
election held later at house of F. Truettner. Town Centerville set off from Meeme,
first election held later at house of W. N. Adams. Chas. Koehler, first supervisor.

1850 - September – Town of Maple Grove, including Franklin, Cato and Rockland, set 
off from Manitowoc Rapids; first election held later at house of A. E. Sherwood. 
M. C. Brown, first supervisor.

1850 - Nov, 30 – The Manitowoc 
Herald, the first newspaper of the county established
with C. W. Fitch as editor.

1850 - Nov. 30 - The Manitowoc and Rapids Plank Road will be passible 
through by the first of January. It is planked across the swamp, and 
graded as far as the bluffs. The ravine bridge is completed, and the 
river bridge is considerably advanced. The planks will be laid early 
in the spring.
Manitowoc County Herald, Manitowoc, Wis. November 30, 1850 P. 2

1850 – Population of county 3,702.

1850 – First cholera invasion of county. Cholera first appeared in Two Rivers. Among
the victims were Judge Ezekiel Ricker, District Attorney J. L. Kyle, John Plumb and
Rev. Geo. W. Thompson, the Episcopal rector.

1850 – Full set of county officers elected for the first time.

1851 - March 6 – Manitowoc incorporates as a village. At the succeeding election 
George Reed is chosen president; Gustavus Richter, treasurer; A. Wittmann, marshal.
First village board consisted of C. Hottlemann; J. F. Zinns, Evander M. Soper, of 
the first ward; and Michael Fellows, J. Bennett and Jarvis E. Platt of the second 
ward, and these selected S. A. Wood as clerk.

1851 - March 15 – Manitowoc & Mississippi railroad incorporated by act of legislature,
the incorporators being George Reed, H. McAllister, Peleg Glover, Gustavus Richter 
and Charles Esslinger of Manitowoc; and Charles Doty, Curtis Reed, and J. Keyes of 
Winnebago county; and T. Conkey, J. Hanchett and Oscar Clark of Outagamie county. 
Capital stock $1,500,000. Internal dissensions and mutual recriminations among the 
stockholders retarded work until 1872, when its successor the Milwaukee, Lake Shore 
& Western railroad was completed from Manitowoc to Appleton.

1851 - Apr. 16 – Chickerming Lodge No. 55, I. O. O. F. instituted in Manitowoc, 
the first lodge organized in the county.

1851 – The Wisconsin Leather Company, Cyrus Whitcomb, Rufus & Geo. W. Allen, 
erected the largest tannery in the Northwest in section 25, town Two Rivers.
It was 315x5o feet long, consumed 7,000 tons of bark and tanned 60,000 hides 
annually, the hides being obtained from Texas.

1851 - May 24 – The superintendents of poor were authorized by the county
board to purchase the S. E. 1/4 of section  16, Rapids for a poor farm, and 
appropriated $3oo for erecting a suitable house and furniture and provisions for
same. Town system of poor abolished.

1851 – First Lutheran congregation organized by Rev. C. F. Goldammer in
town Newton.

1851 - November – Town of Kossuth set off (including Cooperstown) from Manitowoc
Rapids. First election held at schoolhouse, near the tavern of Joseph Paquin 
in French Creek;  William Eatough, elected chairman.

1851, November – Town of Eaton set off from town Newton. At the ensuing
election at the postoffice in Chaunceyville, George Monroe was elected supervisor.

1852 – “Wisconsin Demokrat” first German paper of Free Soil proclivities established
 by Chas. Roeser. Later became the "Union Demokrat” and discontinued in 1866.
1852 – First congressional appropriation for Manitowoc harbor, $8,000.

1851-2 – First Catholic churches built at Manitowoc Rapids, Two Rivers,
Cooperstown, Meeme, Maple Grove and French Creek.

1852 – Town of Mishicot separated from town of Two Rivers. At the ensuing 
election Albert Borcherdt was elected chairman and Lorenz Peterson clerk.  Name
changed to Saxonburgh in 1853, but restored in 1854.

1852 – South river road completed.

1852 - April 3o – County house at Rapids destroyed by fire. County records saved.

1853 - April 14 – By a vote of 498 to 60 the county seat was removed from Rapids
to Manitowoc.

1853 - May – The first burial at Evergreen cemetery in Manitowoc, that of J. H.
Colby. Bodies removed from farmer cemetery, corner of Eighth and Park streets.

1853 - Nov. 16 – Resolutions passed by county board to print its proceedings
in German as well as in English, Chas. W. Fitch and Chas. Roeser to print such
for one year, until Nov. 20, 1854.

1854 - April 25 – Manitowoc Tribune established, S. W. Smith, editor.

1854 – A bridge pier built at Two Rivers.

1854 – Manitowoc was made a port of entry, C. W. Fitch deputy collector.
A fog bell also placed at the river’s mouth.

1854 – Second cholera invasion.

1854 - June – Mishicot postoffice established, F. M. Falrich, postmaster.
August – Maple Grove postoffice established, Joseph H. Cheney, postmaster.
October – Branch postoffice established, W. R. Williams, postmaster.

1854 - August – Arrival of colonists at St. Nazianz under leadership of Rev.
Ambrose Oschwald, from province of Baden, Germany.

1855 - Jan. - Our Lumbermen are making extensive preparations for the winter's 
business. Notwithstanding the hard times, the exports for the ensuing year will 
not be any less than those of the past.
Operations have already commenced in the neighborhood of Two Rivers, and 
considerable has already been done.
Shipbuilding is one of the most promiment features in the business of both 
places, the Shipyards resound with the merry notes of the saw and hammer, 
and large skelton frames are rising, and assuming the appearance of a dead 
Some new buildings are going up and they are rented as soon as completed.
Manitowoc Tribune, Manitowoc, Wis. Monday, January 8, 1855 P. 2

1855 - Jan. - INCREASED MAIL SERVICES-We understand that the people of 
Two Rivers, Manitowoc Co. are hereafter to have a mail three times a 
week, instead of once as heretofore. This increase should have been 
made long ago, the large amount of mail matter passing over that route 
demanding it; but we suppose the people ought to be thankful for any 
favors in this ??? and say nothing.-???  Sentinal Journal.
Through the courtesy of the stage ?????? at this place, we have but 
the advantage of a daily mail, but the neighbors at Two Rivers, have 
not shared its benefits, so that the information contained in the 
above, will not be without ??? ???them at least.
Manitowoc Tribune, Manitowoc, Wis. Wednesday, January 24, 1855 P. 3
We copied an article last week from the Sheboygan Journal, containing 
a slight misrepresentation, which we overlooked at the time.
The article intimated that Two Rivers had received only one mail per 
week whereas they have never been without a semi weekly, and part the 
time have had a tri weekly mail.
We make the correction in justice to the contractor.
Manitowoc Tribune, Manitowoc, Wis. Wednesday, January 31, 1855 P. 3

1855 - Feb. - WANTED. Ten good Shingle-weavers, to whom constant 
employment will be given through the winter and good wages paid. 
Apply to H.G. HAMILTON Two Rivers, Sept. 26, 1854
Manitowoc Tribune, Manitowoc, Wis. Wednesday, February 14, 1855 P. 5

1855 - The new Pier.
We visited the location of this new enterprise last week. The ground 
is strewed with timber, which Messrs Hughes & Rand were shaping for 
future use. The pile driver is nearly completed and will commence 
operations early in April.
Manitowoc Tribune, Manitowoc, Wis. Thursday, March 15, 1855 P. 3

1855 - Navigation opened
The first Steamer. Navigation opened.
Quite a number of people were on the pier of E.C. Hubbard last Sunday 
Morning to welcome the Steamer Superior Capt. Tompkins on her first trip 
this season. She had the familiar look of an old friend and a proof that 
apearances (sic) were not deceitful in this respect may be found in the 
pile of frieght unloaded at the pier. We learn that she will make regular 
trips from Chicago to this place and Two Rivers for the present but her 
next arrival will of course depend upon the kind of weather which she has 
to encounter. As soon as possible she will run to Green Bay.
Manitowoc Tribune, Manitowoc, Wis. Thursday, March 22, 1855 P. 3

1855 - April 9 - The German Evangelical Luther church was established
by Pastor Goldammer at Manitowoc. In 1860 the name was changed to First 
German Evangelical Lutheran church.

1855 - April 21 – Freier Saengerbund organized at Manitowoc and kept up
ever since.

1855 - August – Newtonburgh postoffice established. John Meyer, postmaster.

1855 – Oslo postoffice established.

1855 - Nov. 16 – Town of Schleswig set off from town of Meeme, and as first
organized known as town of Abel. First election at the house of Henry Belitz.
Hy Belitz elected chairman.

1855 - Nov. 19 – Town of Franklin (including town of Cato) set off from
Maple Grove, Alanson Hickok being elected chairman, First election held at 
schoolhouse in District No. 1.

1855 – Goodrich Transportation Company organized. Daily trips between 
Milwaukee and Two Rivers.

1855 – Population of county 3,018.

1856 - January – Postoffices established at Eaton, Niles, Francis Creek and
Centerville. November – Cato set off from town of Franklin, and organized 
at the ensuing April election, Alanson Hickok chosen chairman. November – 
Rockland set off from Maple Grove. At the ensuing election Louis Faulhaber 
elected chairman and John B. Burke clerk. November – Cooperstown set off 
from Rapids. At the organization of town J. R. Weber was elected chairman, 
John Seger clerk,

1856 - Feb. 16 – Manitowoc Lodge No. 65, F. & A. M., receives charter.

1857 - October – Manitowoc County Agricultural Association holds the first 
annual fair in Washington Park square. Jacob Lueps was the first president. 
For nine successive years the fair was held at the same place.

1857 - Nov. 16 – Town of Buchanan set off from Eaton and organized next year 
with O. O. Oppen as chairman.

1858 - March 31 – Two Rivers incorporates as a village. In May, H. C. Hamilton
is chosen first president.

1858 - May 31 – Messrs. Smith and Stone change the “Weekly Tribune” to the 
“Manitowoc Daily Tribune.” After 1861 it was published tri-weekly.

1858 – T. C. Shove Banking Company organized, continuing in business until 
1892 when it closed its doors.

1858 - Nov. 9 – Town of Gibson set off from Mishicot. At the next spring 
election held at the schoolhouse in District No. 3, Jason Pellet was chosen 
chairman, Luther Pellet treasurer; and Byron Markham clerk.

1858 - Dec. 22 – Bank of Manitowoc organized, C. C. Barnes, president; J. C. 
Barnes, cashier In 1866 it became the First National Bank of Manitowoc. It 
failed in 1892.

1859 – Manitowoc Pilot established by Jere Crowley.

1859 – Town of Rowley set off in 1859 and organized in 186o with P. Luebke 
chairman, Aug, Zerlant clerk. Name changed to Two Creeks in 1861.

1860 – County office building adjoining courthouse built by Benjamin Jones.

1860 – Population of county, 22,416; village of Manitowoc, 3,065, village of 
Two Rivers, 1,340.

1860 – The Collingwood line steamer Lady Elgin burned oft W'aukegan; 297 
persons perished.

1860 - November – Presidential vote: Lincoln, 2,041; Douglas, 1,947.

1861 - March 28 – By act of legislature, county board was made to consist of 
three members, one for each assembly district. John Carey, Lyman Emerson 
and Nels Sorenson were members of the first board. In 1869 board made to 
consist of seven members.

1861 – Township system of schools abolished, and the office of county 
superintendent of schools created. B. J. Van Valkenburgh the first incumbent.

1861 - May 31 – The first grain shipment east to Buffalo, in schooner Joseph 
Vilas, Captain Albrecht, with a cargo of 8,000 bushels.

1861 - June 23 – Capt. Temple Clark’s company embarks on the steamer Comet
bound for Camp Randall. Was mustered into the United States’ service as 
Company A, Fifth Wisconsin Infantry. Participated in the first battle of 
Bull Run, Corinth, in the Virginia campaigns on the Rappahannock and at 
Gettysburg. In its three years’ of service of 106 men who left Manitowoc, 
23 were killed, 10 reported missing, and 27 seriously wounded. Only 36 

1861 – The second full company to leave for the front was Company E, of 
the Fourteenth Regiment. After being mustered in at Camp Hamilton, Fond du Lac, 
they left for St. Louis. It was commanded by Capt. Geo. E. Waldo, who 
was killed at Shiloh. Also participated at Vicksburg, Champion Hills, 
Corinth and other battles. The survivors returned to Manitowoc in 1864.

1861 – The third company, consisting wholly of Norwegians, commanded by 
Capt. Chas. Gustaveson of the Rapids, gathered at Madison, was mustered
in Feb. 14, 1862. This was Company F, Fifteenth Regiment. Engaged at 
Stone River and the battles before Atlanta, and in Tennessee.

1862 - Sept. 2-3 – The Indian scare of eastern Wisconsin, particularly 
in Manitowoc county, caused great alarm. Supposed to have been produced 
by the Copperheads to prevent recruiting.

1862 – Company K of the Twenty-first Regiment, was the next to leave, 
Capt. C. H. Walker. Mustered in at Oshkosh Sept. 5, 1862. Engaged at 
Perryville, and various battles under Sherman on the march to the sea.

1862 – Company F of the Twenty-sixth Regiment, Capt. Hy Baetz, was the 
next to leave. Saw service at Gettysburg, Mission Ridge, Resaca, Atlanta, 
and with Sherman to the sea.

1862 – Company K, of the Twenty-first Regiment, was the next to leave, 
com-manded by Capt. Peter Mulholland, also left this year, both a part 
of the Twenty-seventh Regiment. Took part at siege of Vicksburg, and in 
Arkansas at the battle of Jenkins’ Ferry,

1862 – Half of Company G of the Thirty-second Regiment was also recruited
from Manitowoc.

1862-  September – The first draft of the war to secure 397 men in the county.

1863 - Nov. 23 – The second draft, the county’s quota being 388 men.

1864 - Sept. 28 – The third draft of the war.

1864 – Company B, Forty-fifth Regiment, Capt. Leiser, mostly from Newton 
and Centerville, sent to Nashville.

1864 - November – Presidential vote: McClellan, 2,248; Lincoln, 1,179.

1865-  February – United States Telegraph Company completes line from 
Manitowoc to Milwaukee.

1865 - February – Company D, Forty-eighth Regiment, Capt. A. Wittmann, 
dispatched to Kansas.

1865 - April 29 – Imposing ceremonies in honor of the returning soldiers, 
and of the tragic death of President Lincoln, in Manitowoc.

1865 – Population of county, 26,742.

1868 - Feb. 29– Jones Library Association formed. C. H. Walker, president; 
Peter Johnston, treasurer; O. B. Smith, secretary. Maintained until 1888, 
later on the books formed the nucleus of Manitowoc City Library.

1868 – Manitawoc Zeitung established, Otto Troemmel, editor, later becoming 
the Journal, but suspended in 1877.

1868 – Presidential vote: Seymour, 2,640; Grant, 2,605.

1868 - April 9 – The burning of the Goodrich steamer “Seabird,” en route for
Chicago, eight miles from Waukegan. Out of a crew of 35, including passen-
gers, all from Manitowoc and Sheboygan, only three escaped.

1870 - March 12 – Legislature grants city charter to Manitowoc. At the en-
suing election Peter Johnston was elected mayor, Otto Troemmel, treasurer.

1870 - April 12 – County incurs a bonded indebtedness of $216,000 to aid the
Appleton & New London Railroad.

1870 – County Board from being composed of seven members is again changed
to one representative from each town.

1870 – Population of county, 33,364; of Manitowoc, 5,168; Two Rivers, 1,365.

1871 - June 7 – A further sum of $75,000 was voted by Manitowoc and $25,000
by Two Rivers for the completion of the railroad.

1871 – Postoffice established at St. Nazianz.

1871 – Defalcation of $20,000 of county money by P. P. Fuessenich, county
clerk, who fled and was never heard from again. This matter created much
excitement at that time.

1871 - June 22 – The first locomotive named the “Ben Jones” arrives on the
schooner Mediterranean from Buffalo. A constant stream of visitors gazed upon
this herald of a new day.

1871 - October – Extensive forest fires in northern part of the county.

1871 - Oct. 9 – Chicago fire.

1871 – Town of Schleswig voted $15,000 aid to the Milwaukee & Northern

1872 – The Appleton & New London Railroad completed to Appleton.

1872 – The Manitowoc County Chronicle established in 1872 at Two Rivers,
H. S. Pierpont, editor, soon after purchased by W. F. Nash the present 

1872 – Presidential vote: Greeley, 2,627. Grant, 2,289.

1873 – Father Ambrose Oschwald of St. Nazianz died.

1873 – Milwaukee & Northern Railroad completed through Kiel.

1873 - Sept. 22 – Railroad connection between Milwaukee and Manitowoc

1873 – The Appleton & New London Railroad and the road to Milwaukee
united under one management, as the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western

1874 – Two Rivers branch of the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Railroad

1874 – The Central Agricultural Society organized; holding fairs at Clark’s
Mills for a number of years.

1875 – Population of county 38,456

1876 – Presidential vote: Tilden, 3,908; Hayes, 2,700.

1877 - Nov. 8 – Schooner Magellan of St. Catharines, Canada, with a cargo
of 20,000 bushels wheat and a crew of nine men, lost with all on board off Two

1878 - March 18 – City charter granted to Two Rivers. At the ensuing elec-
on M. Maloy was chosen mayor and E. Hammel treasurer.

1878 – Government life saving station established at Two Rivers.

1880 – Population of county 37,506; of Two Rivers 2,052; Manitowoc, 6,367.

1880 - November – Presidential vote Hancock, 3,676; Garfield, 2,988.

1881 – The winter of high snow drifts. No mail for nine days.

1881 - April 22 – Horace M. Walker Post No. 18, Wisconsin G. A. R. instituted 
at Manitowoc, J. S. Anderson, commander.

1881 - Aug, 11 – Death of Benjamin Jones, the father of Manitowoc.

1883 – Divisional railroad shops of the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western
Railroad removed to Kaukauna, a severe blow to Manitowoc.

1883 - Jan. 10 – Newhall House, Milwaukee destroyed by fire, about 70 
persons perished, among these George Reed with many valuable railroad records.

1883 - November – Manitowoc Industrial Association formed: President, F. Schuette; 
secretary, W. A. Walker; treasurer, O. Torrison.

1884 - November – Presidential election: Cleveland, 4,203; Blaine, 2,525.

1885 - January – Manitowoc County Insane Asylum opened. Gustave Mueller, superintendent.

1885 – Population of county: 38,692. Of Manitowoc, 6,881; Two Rivers, 2,564.

1886 - June 11 – Manitowoc waterworks franchise ratified at the polls, 713 to 156.

1887 - Oct. 29 – Steamer Vernon en route from Charlevoix, Michigan, to Chicago, 
founders off Two Rivers Point. Of 41 on board only one, Alfred Stone, saved, 
and he remained insane ever after.

1888 – Saloon licenses increased to $200 in cities and incorporated villages; 
$100 in towns.

1888 – Presidential vote: Cleveland, 4,218; Harrison, 2,713.

1889 - John Schuette given franchise for electric lighting of Manitowoc.

1890, Jan. 10 – Arrival of the first Flint & Pere Marquette Carferry No. 1.

1890 – Building and Loan Association of Manitowoc organized.

1890 – Population of county: 37,831; of Manitowoc, 7,710; Two Rivers, 2,870

1891 – Joseph Mann Library opened in Two Rivers.

1892 - Jan. 29 – Village of Reedsville incorporates, W. H. Noble, president.

1892 - March – Manitowoc Humane Society formed at Manitowoc, Emil
Raensch, president; P. J. Pierce, officer.

1892 - April 11 – Manitowoc Manufacturing Company plant burned. Loss

1892 - April 12 – T. C. Shove Banking Company closed its doors, as a result
of the Manitowoc Manufacturing Company’s fire, a severe blow to Manitowoc

1892 - June 6 – The First National Bank bankrupt, the creditors finally getting 
62 per cent.

1892 - June 15 – Village of Kiel incorporated, Charles Heins, president.

1892 - November – Presidential vote: Cleveland, 4,349; Harrison, 2,276.

1895 – Municipal Court of Manitowoc county established.

1895 – Population of county:

1896 – Ann Arbor Carferry line instituted between Manitowoc and Frankfort, Michigan.

1896 – First carferry slip constructed, 450x110 feet.

1896 - June 24 – Wisconsin Central Railroad completed between Manitowoc
and Menasha, with stations at Wells, Collins, Valders and Madson.

1896 - November – Presidential vote: McKinley, 4,43I; Bryan, 3,9I7; Palmer, I63.

1898 - April 28 – Company H, Second Regiment leaves Manitowoc. Mustered
in at Milwaukee May 5, 109 men, transported to Chickamauga Park, then to
Charleston, South Carolina, embarked on army transport Grand Duchess, 
arrived at Ponce, Porto Rico. Returned to Manitowoc September t8, where a
grand ovation was given in their honor. Lost in all four men.

1900 - Feb. 10 – Camp Hy W. Lawton, Spanish-American war veterans 
instituted at Manitowoc, commander, Ernst Heide.

1900 - March 15 – First rural mail delivery in the county established, John
Houghton, carrier.

1900 – The Kiel and Sheboygan turnpike purchased and the last to be made

1900 – Soldiers’ monument dedicated to the soldiers of the Civil war at Two Rivers.

1900 - March 21– Death of John Nagle of typhoid fever.

1900 – Census of county, 42,261. Manitowoc, 11,786; Two Rivers, 3,784;
Kiel, 924; Reedsville, 528.

1900 - November – Presidential election. McKinley, 4,3I7; Bryan, 4,167;
Debs, 16g.

1901 - September – Manitowoc County Training School for teachers instituted.

1902 – Installation of waterworks and electric light plants at Two Rivers.

1902 – Manitowoc & Northern Traction Company between Two Rivers and Manitowoc completed.

1903 – Carnegie Library opened at Manitowoc.

1904 – Presidential vote: Parker 3,274; Roosevelt 4,62o; Debs 687.

1905 – Census of county, 44,796. Manitowoc 12,733; Two Rivers, 4,602.

1908 – Presidential vote: Taft, 4,125; Bryan, 3,952; Debs, 947.

1909 – Consolidation of the four independent school districts of Manitowoc
and adoption of a city system.

1909 - Aug. 8 – Unveiling of monument to Chief Mexico at Rapids.

1910 – Arrowhead type of harbor in Manitowoc completed. Total cost of
harbor to government to 1910 is $946,812.

1910 – Census of county, 44,978. Manitowoc, 13,027; Two Rivers, 4,850;
Kiel, 1,244; Reedsville, 550.

1910 - Sept. 9 – Carferry No. 18, of Flint & Pere Marquette Line founders
in Lake Michigan, off Port Washington with a loss of 32 lives.

1910 – Green Bay extension of Chicago & North Western Railroad completed.

1911, November – County board appropriates $15,000 for a County 
Tuberculosis Sanatorium.