History of Calumet County
Calumet County, Wisconsin Genealogy & History

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History of Northern Wisconsin

History of Northern Wisconsin
Publisher Chicago The Western Historical Company, A.T. Andreas, Proprietor
1881 Copyright The Western Historical Co.
Reprint The Ralph Secord Press Iron Mountain MI. 1988

Calumet County


This village is near the line of the Wisconsin Central Railroads, two miles below Gravesville, and the same distance east of Chilton. The first settler upon its site was O. J. Watrous, who located in June, 1849, and built a sawmill. It happened that the land upon which the village was to grow was State school property, and it accordingly platted by the Commissioners of the School Lands. It was first called Wallersville in honor of Parley Wller, a settler of prominence; afterwards went by the simple name of School Section, and later Dicksville. It was named Hayton in 1853. The village now contains a population of about 300 inhabitants, has two hotels, several general stores, a tannery (Helfrich & Co.), a saw and grist-mill, with other trades represented. The Ormsby Lime Company manufactures some of its best material here, having run a side track to the main line of the railroad. Hayton had once fair expectations of being chosen as the county seat, Mr. Waller proving a bold champion in the cause.

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