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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA - High School

Chippewa Falls, Chippewa, WI

Chippewa Falls was originally a lumber town that became a railroad town, even though the main railroad line of the 1870s went through Eau Claire, about 10 miles to the south. In 1870, the West Wisconsin Railway built a line from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Milwaukee through the area at Eau Claire. Following this, the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls Railway established a line running from Eau Claire to Chippewa Falls. In 1880, the CF&W was joined by the Wisconsin and Minnesota Railway pushing its way west from Abbotsford. This was followed in 1881 by the Chippewa Falls & Northern Railroad, which built a line north from Chippewa Falls to Bloomer, eventually being extended to Superior.

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1854 - Chippewa Falls
Chippewa Falls, a post-village, capital of Chippewa county, Wisconsin, on Chippewa river, about 185 miles N. W. from Madison. It has extensive water-power with mills. Population in 1853, about 250.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1872 - H. T. Rumsey, a prominent citizen of LaCrosse, Wis., died at Chippewa Falls a few days ago, from an over-dose of laudanum, taken to produce sleep, while suffering from a severe nervous affection.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
February 3, 1872
1882 - Traveled in a Box
A Young Man's Trip from Chippewa Falls to Montreal.

Montreal Star: There arrived at the Hochelaga Depot this morning enroute for Sorel, a queer looking box about six feet long, two wide, and sixteen inches high, fitted with rude handles at each end. In it lay a stout, able-bodied young man, 22 years of age, who had traveled in that cramped position all the way from Chippewa Falls, Wis., having been on the road continuously for three days and three nights. Our reporter gleamed the following particulars with reference to the affair: Baptiste Lavalle left Sorel two years ago and since that time has been working for a lumbering firm in the woods of Wisconsin. A short time ago he sustained a broken leg, and, unable to procure the requisite medical assistance in that wild region, started for home in the manner described. Lavalle gave some particulars in reference to the country. He states that the winter has been a very open one, but little snow having fallen, and that lumbering... Read MORE...

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., Sept. 12. - The terrible floods reached a climax last night, and the waters of the mad Chippewa River are slowly receding. There has been a fall of three and one-half feet since 10 o'clock last night. The entire Chippewa Valley presents a scene of devastation. From the northern limits of the city to the extreme southern part, wherever the ground is low, boats are moving about laden with household goods and furniture and people seeking places of safety. The east side of the city is one immense lake. Thousands of dollars' worth of damage has been done to sidewalks, fences, and cellars, to say nothing of the house carried away. From 34 miles above Chippewa Falls to the Mississippi River below devastation and ruin reign supreme.

First, $300,000 worth of bridges have been destroyed, and half that amount will not rebuild the dams and booms that have floated off. Next in order come the millions of feet of logs which have escaped from the booms and become scattered. No... Read MORE...

1888 - In Wisconsin spirit thermometers on the 21st registered 68 degrees below zero at Chippewa Falls,
36 below at Janesville, 55 at Hudson, 52 at Dartford, 53 at Princeton, 50 at Sparta, 52 at Green Lake, and extreme cold was reported in other portions of the State. In the northern portions of Michigan it was 40 degrees below, and in Iowa from 32 to 40 degrees below zero. In Minnesota and Dakota from 49 to 52 below was also reported.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 28, 1888
1895 - Chippewa Falls
Chippewa Falls, a post-town, capital of Chippewa co., Wis., is on the Chippewa River, 12 miles by rail N.E. of Eau Claire, about 90 miles E. of St. Paul, Minn., and 90 miles N. of La Crosse. The river here affords water power, which is employed in a number of saw-mills and flour-mills. Lumber is the chief article of export. This town has 3 banks, 10 churches, public schools, an elevator, a furniture-factory, a large brewery, a planing-mill, a sash and door-factory, a machine-shop, and a saw-mill which is said to be the largest in the United States, together with other smaller factories. One daily and 3 weekly newspapers are published here. It has great railroad facilities. Pop. in 1890, 8670.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Chippewa Falls, a banking city, capital of Chippewa co., Wis., is on the Chippewa River and on the Wisconsin Central and other railroads, 12 miles NE. of Eau Claire. The river here affords water-power, which is employed in a number of mills and foundries. The town has canning-, woollen- and flouring-industries and extensive lumber-, saw- and planing-mills. The State Home for the Feeble- Minded and the county insane asylum are located here. Pop. in 1890, 8670 ; in 1900, 8094.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Chippewa Falls:
Leinenkugel's Brewery: Start your visit with a tour of the iconic Leinenkugel's Brewery. Learn about the brewing process, the history of the brewery, and, of course, sample some of their famous beers.

Irvine Park and Zoo: Enjoy a day outdoors at Irvine Park, which features a zoo with a variety of animals. The park itself is great for picnics, walking trails, and even has a scenic bridge over the Chippewa River.

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area: Nature enthusiasts will love exploring this recreation area. There are hiking trails, bird watching opportunities, and beautiful landscapes, especially during the fall when the foliage is stunning.

Lake Wissota State Park: If you're a fan of water activities, head to Lake Wissota State Park. You can go boating, fishing, or simply relax by the lake. The park also offers camping facilities if you want to extend your stay.

Heyde Center for the Arts: For a dose of culture, visit the Heyde Center for the Arts. Check out art... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA

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male ancestorLuke MURPHY (22 June 1798, County Wexford, Ireland - 18 July 1895, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA)
female ancestorCatherine CARTIER (22 January 1806, Sorel, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre) - 13 January 1895, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA)
female ancestorEliza "Betsy" FRAZIER (1816, , New Brunswick, Canada - 12 January 1896, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA)
male ancestorAngus J MURPHY (31 July 1847, Neguac, New Brunswick, Canada - 25 September 1910, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA)
female ancestorMary MURPHY (18 December 1849, , New Brunswick, Canada - 6 January 1918, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA)
female ancestorRosanna "Rose" DINNEEN (27 May 1859, Mukwa, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA - 12 September 1920, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA)
photo of Felix BERGERONFelix BERGERON (January 1862, Sorel, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre) - 11 November 1916, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA)
photo of Delima BERGERONDelima BERGERON (March 1863, Hungerford, Hastings, Ontario, Canada - 14 January 1929, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA)
male ancestorJohn Baptiste BERGERON (12 July 1864, Hungerford, Ontario, Canada - 1933, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA

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male ancestorSamuel BOURDEAUX (1857 - 1919) and female ancestorMary BARLAND (1859 - 1948) married 1874
photo of John Hugh FITZGERALD John Hugh FITZGERALD (1 April 1886 - 5 September 1970) and photo of Grace Elizabeth CAREW Grace Elizabeth CAREW (12 June 1889 - 6 May 1984) married 14 September 1914

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