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


The village of Brothertown, like Stockbridge, is the center of a fine farming country, and does a good general business. The people of these two plases were the earnest pioneers of Calumet, and as long as the county depended upon water communication were the leaders in its business. Other villages, however, which acquired railroad facilities, have passed them.

The Holland Settlement was commenced by Father Godhard in 1848. He arrived in that year with twelve families, and an industrious little village soon extended over into what is now the town of Woodville, Calumet County. W. Kempen was the first settler. Elias Beach arrived during the first year and opened a hotel on the military road. As there was much travel over that thoroughfare, but two houses between Stockbridge and his tavern, and only one between his place and Wrightstown, Brown County, Mr. Beach was well patronized. In 1852- 54 the Irish commenced to arrive, and in 1855 the Kersten Brothers located near the settlement. When the Town of Woodville was organized in 1852, George M. Beach was elected Chairman. Among others who greatly aided in increasing the prosperity of the Holland settlement were Nicholaus Frank and Louis Mangold.

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