Chippewa County WI Genealogical Society

Chippewa County WI Genealogical Society Formed in 1980 and located at 123 Allen Street in Chippewa Falls, WI, the mission of the Chippewa County Genealogical Society is to provide education and assistance to those who are tracing their family history in Chippewa County.
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Vale School.
05/11/2020

Vale School.

This week we are out in Cooks Valley for Vale School, District #4 and later Jt #3. The school started before 1888 on the corner of Cty C and 60th St. At one time, Hwy 40 used to turn on that corner before being moved west and given a sweeping curve instead of a sharp 90 degree turn. Last time it showed up in the plats was 1943, not there in 1954. Not sure what happened to this one after closing, even the folks at St Johns couldn't help out. The students would have gone to Bloomer and Colfax schools after it shut down.

Time Capsule, Week 125: From the Needles Tavern to Connell’s Supper Club
05/10/2020

Time Capsule, Week 125: From the Needles Tavern to Connell’s Supper Club

Time Capsule, Week 125: From the Needles Tavern to Connell’s Supper Club
The supper club near the south edge of Lake Wissota that is known today as Connell’s Supper Club was built about 1932 by George and Charlotte White as a gas station. When prohibition ended in 1933, it became a bar called Needles Tavern. It was sold to Leo and Pearl Neary about 1943; Leo tended bar while Pearl played the organ in a small dining area behind the bar. During the 1950s, the gas pumps were removed and the name changed to Needles Nite Club. Jim and Fern Connell purchased the club in 1960 and named it Connell’s Supper Club.
Each Saturday, the Chippewa Area History Center showcases a piece of local history in the Herald. The Area History Center at 123 Allen Street, Chippewa Falls has multiple rooms of displays about Chippewa County history and genealogy. Visit www.ChippewaAreaHistoryCenter.org to learn more about the future Chippewa Area History Center and how you can help support local history preservation and education.

Thanks to Joe Niese and the Chippewa Falls Public Library for letting us copy Volume I of Dolores Beaudette's book, The ...
05/07/2020

Thanks to Joe Niese and the Chippewa Falls Public Library for letting us copy Volume I of Dolores Beaudette's book, The Flavor of the Times. Dolores interviewed several people back in 1981-2 with a tape recorder running and put their stories into two books. Seven people told memories of Chippewa Falls in Volume I, John Myrman fills Volume II. We were given Volume II by the Myrman family and decided we should try to get Volume I for the library. Such a great source of early CF history, glad someone took the time to preserve some of our past. Thanks again to Joe and CFPL for an important document for our genealogy library.

Prairie View School.
05/04/2020

Prairie View School.

Our School of the Week is actually the story of three different schools, all District #5. This one is out in Wheaton, Prairie View School sits on Cty T and 20th Avenue. It started out before 1878 as Preston School, 1 1/2 miles to the north-now diagonally from 29 Pines. That one became too small in 1902, so two new schools were built to replace it and Preston was moved to Albertville for the Town Shop. Prairie View was built on Montgomery's Corner and called that for a while, it's twin was built on Goethel's property and was later renamed Sunny Valley School, the one that now is on display in Irvine Park. Prairie View was sold in 1963 and is now a private home. One final note, this is the school the Menard family attended.

An Architectural Scavenger Hunt in downtown Chippewa Falls! Fun!! 🕵️‍♀️
04/28/2020

An Architectural Scavenger Hunt in downtown Chippewa Falls! Fun!! 🕵️‍♀️

Time Capsule, Week 124: 1954-1955 Chi-Hi Boys Basketball Team
04/28/2020

Time Capsule, Week 124: 1954-1955 Chi-Hi Boys Basketball Team

Time Capsule, Week 124: 1954-1955 Chi-Hi Boys Basketball Team

Players on the 1954-1955 Chi-Hi Boys Basketball team are pictured from left to right: (front row) John Abrams, Emery Crowley, Bill Hanzlik, Don Zutter, Dave Gutkneckt, Julian Olson, and Manger C. Roder; (second row) Head Coach Tom Lehman, Bill Larson, Ray Holte, Dennis Krause, Jim Meyer, Lynn Mellen, and Coach Orrie Boettcher.

Each Saturday, the Chippewa Area History Center showcases a piece of local history in the Herald. The Area History Center at 123 Allen Street, Chippewa Falls has multiple rooms of displays about Chippewa County history and genealogy. Visit www.ChippewaAreaHistoryCenter.org to learn more about the future Chippewa Area History Center and how you can help support local history preservation and education.

Auburn Center School.
04/27/2020

Auburn Center School.

This week we are in Auburn for Auburn Center School, District #8, later Jt #8. The students surely got a geography lesson going to this school, showing up in four different places on 190th Ave, west of Cty Q. Most often, on the north side of the road, but at first on the south side. Plat books showed this one alternating between the SE and SW corners of section 35 each time a new book came out, not even agreeing on the exact spot. Some of the teachers were, Mrs. H. Bitney, Margaret Dietsche, and Vera Polanski. No years the school was in operation or what happened to it, no student pictures, very little information on this school or any of the Auburn Schools.

A copy of this book was donated to CCGS recently by the Myrman family. Dolores Beaudette interviewed John Myrman over se...
04/25/2020

A copy of this book was donated to CCGS recently by the Myrman family. Dolores Beaudette interviewed John Myrman over several months in early 1982. Anything and everything you wanted to know about Chippewa Falls history in the early 1900's. All the famous names, buildings, events and stories are in this book. They bought the Norway House from their relative Alexander Wiley and John's father Erick was in city politics for years. Great addition and resource for our library, comes complete with index. However, it is Volume II, we would very much like to get Volume I, even if it is just to copy it with our overhead scanner. Also wondering if there are Volumes III or IV. Thanks to the Myrmans for donating the book, it will get plenty of use for sure.

Victory School in Delmar.
04/20/2020

Victory School in Delmar.

This week we are in Delmar for Victory School #13, AKA Yeager School. The first school showed up in 1888 on Cty O, 1/2 mile west of Cty D. By 1913 the brick building had been built on Cty O, but next to 300th St, 1/2 mile west of the first school, both on the south side of the road. This one closed in 1952 (or sometime after 1956 according to the newspaper article) with the students going to Boyd or Cadott. Not much else on this one, can you help fill gaps in this school's story? Don't know what happened to the building after it closed, no longer there today.

Time Capsule, Week 123: General George Clay Ginty and Mrs. Flora Beall Ginty, founding couple of the Chippewa Herald new...
04/19/2020

Time Capsule, Week 123: General George Clay Ginty and Mrs. Flora Beall Ginty, founding couple of the Chippewa Herald newspaper

Time Capsule, Week 123: General George Clay Ginty and Mrs. Flora Beall Ginty, founding couple of the Chippewa Herald newspaper

General George C. Ginty (1840 to 1890) published the first issue of the Chippewa Herald on January 29, 1870. The Herald was a weekly newspaper until June 25, 1894, when it became a daily.
Born in Toronto, Canada, on February 14, 1840, Mr. Ginty was a printer and editor by trade but also led a life of public service from a young age. His many accomplishments include: WI State Legislature member in 1863, member of the US Army during the Civil War, President of the Board of Education for the city of Chippewa Falls from 1868 to 1884, representative for the 30th Senatorial district in WI comprising the counties of Dunn and Chippewa from 1881 to 1885, United States Marshall for the Western District of Wisconsin, and owner/editor of the Chippewa Herald from 1870 to his death in 1890.
Flora Beall (Outhwaite) Ginty (1839 to 1907) was born in Cooperstown, NY on September 27, 1839. She was a descendant of a delegate to the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Mrs. Ginty moved with her parents at a young age to Green Bay, WI and married George Clay Ginty in 1861 moving with him to Chippewa Falls in 1869, taking an active role in the city and state. She was an avid writer and editor and authored many beautiful poems and strong interesting articles. After Mr. Ginty’s death on December 9, 1890, Flora took over editing and publishing the Chippewa Herald until February 12, 1892, when the Herald Printing Company was formed.
Each Saturday, the Chippewa Area History Center showcases a piece of local history in the Herald. The Area History Center at 123 Allen Street, Chippewa Falls has multiple rooms of displays about Chippewa County history and genealogy. Visit www.ChippewaAreaHistoryCenter.org to learn more about the future Chippewa Area History Center and how you can help support local history preservation and education.

David H. Raihle, Sr. (1934 - 2020)
04/18/2020

David H. Raihle, Sr. (1934 - 2020)

David H. Raihle, Sr., attorney and local historian, passed on Monday, April 13, 2020. Born and raised in the Chippewa area and having a keen interest in local history along with great organizational skills, he was very instrumental in preserving and celebrating the history of the Chippewa area. His father, Paul H. Raihle, also loved history and wrote several books about it and they can be found in the Area History Center CCGS Research Library. His interest in history was also passed on to his son, David H. Raihle, Jr. who continues his father’s and grandfather’s legacies by serving as Vice President of the Chippewa County Historical Society and is active with the Chippewa Area History Center Capital Campaign. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this sad time.

https://www.horanfuneralhome.com/obituary/David-RaihleSr

https://chippewa.com/david-raihle-remembered-as-chippewa-falls-attorney-historian/article_6ded4aca-9b13-5a7a-8ee1-de80169f9008.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

Photo caption: The dedication of the Hiram S. Allen Park was held October 7, 1978. Hiram Allen, considered the “father” of the city he generously supported his entire adult life, contributed significantly toward the growth of Chippewa Falls. Those who participated in the dedication ceremony were (from left to right) Poet Laureate Tony Vincent, Mayor Jeremiah Cashman, master of ceremonies Cal Kraemer, City Attorney David Raihle, Sr., attorney Marshall Wiley, and local historian Ruth Willut.

Chippewa County WI Genealogical Society's cover photo
04/18/2020

Chippewa County WI Genealogical Society's cover photo

The Covid-19 Pandemic has brought many changes to our lives, including that the Area History Center closed.  Because of ...
04/18/2020

The Covid-19 Pandemic has brought many changes to our lives, including that the Area History Center closed. Because of this, CCGS volunteers were unable to physically mail out our 2nd quarter newsletter. President Gary Swartz, newsletter editor Nancy Nerdrum, and myself (Wendy Sullivan) felt it was important for our members to still receive a CCGS newsletter, so we put together a digital version of the CCGS newsletter. Follow this link to read it: https://859efad8-228b-40bb-91e2-434316e7d627.filesusr.com/ugd/83cfd3_bc4006f9e32e43d8aee13ab41d8b6d8e.pdf

As Gary stated in his opening letter in the newsletter, we hope you are staying safe & healthy, getting time to work on organizing your family history research, and coming up with research questions for us to work on once we are able to be open again.

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS)
04/15/2020
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS)

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS)

Well, this was an interesting and timely read! I think many of us know this already, but it is nice to see it written about.

McDonald School.
04/13/2020

McDonald School.

This week we are out in Tilden for McDonald School, District #2. John McDonald donated land for the school and it was there by 1878 and used until the early 1940's when it was moved up north for a cabin. It was on Cty S, 1/2 mile east of Cty HH, on the south side of the road. The kids went to the Chippewa Schools after it closed. No building or class pictures for this one.

Happy Easter!
04/12/2020

Happy Easter!

Time Capsule, Week 122: The Chippewa Falls Carnegie Library
04/11/2020

Time Capsule, Week 122: The Chippewa Falls Carnegie Library

Time Capsule, Week 122: The Chippewa Falls Carnegie Library

On February 18, 1902, the Daily Independent newspaper (now the Chippewa Herald) published the following letter as written to Mr. Leslie Willson from the office of Andrew Carnegie on February 15, 1902.
Dear Sir:
Responding to your communication, if the city of Chippewa Falls pledges itself to support a Free public library at cost of not less than two thousand dollars a year and furnish a site, Mr. Carnegie will be glad to provide twenty thousand dollars for the erection of a Free Public Library building.
Mr. Willson and the city of Chippewa Falls had been advocating for Mr. Carnegie to assist in building a new library for the citizens of Chippewa Falls (and surrounding communities) for some time. In August of 1903 the new library was completed on Central Street, across the street from where the current library stands. The Carnegie library was in use until 1969.
Each Saturday, the Chippewa Area History Center showcases a piece of local history in the Herald. The Area History Center at 123 Allen Street, Chippewa Falls has multiple rooms of displays about Chippewa County history and genealogy. Visit www.ChippewaAreaHistoryCenter.org to learn more about the future Chippewa Area History Center and how you can help support local history preservation and education.

Our volunteers have completed an index of our plats and maps and organized them to help in research. Here's the list to ...
04/10/2020

Our volunteers have completed an index of our plats and maps and organized them to help in research. Here's the list to look through and when we are able to open, come on up and continue your search. These two are from the 1930 and 1878 plat books.
https://859efad8-228b-40bb-91e2-434316e7d627.filesusr.com/ugd/83cfd3_dca7cb1829a840d291aa661b3096d20b.pdf

Chippewa County School number update.
04/06/2020

Chippewa County School number update.

Since it's been two years when I started this page (3 1/2 years on project), I wanted to get some new numbers out to you. I broke it down by Township with schools I could find names for in B column, C has the others without a name, D is the total schools in that Township. The E column has the number of schools built, counting the ones that had a different building on the same site. The F column is the number of schools that I know are still standing, whether on the same location or were moved to a new place. The E and F columns should rise as I research and find that some have relocated that I haven't discovered yet. Same with buildings built, as I research each school, it seems I learn quite a bit more and add to the totals. I've featured over 100 schools so far, it won't be the full 227 because schools like Frazier moved 1 1/2 miles north from it's original spot, Albertville moved the same school 1 1/2 miles into town, Point View/Maple Grove/Foster School had two schools with three different names. Can someone confirm the Vintage photo is of Little Drywood School in 1978. Next week back to the School of the Week.

Time Capsule, Week 121: 1881 illustration of Chippewa Falls
04/05/2020

Time Capsule, Week 121: 1881 illustration of Chippewa Falls

Time Capsule, Week 121: 1881 illustration of Chippewa Falls

This illustration of Chippewa Falls is found in the book History of Northern Wisconsin which was published in 1881 by The Western Historical Company of Chicago. This important historical reference book for Chippewa County history contains information on the counties, cities, towns, and villages of Northern Wisconsin as well as biographical sketches and etchings of some early pioneers and prominent citizens; an entire chapter is dedicated to Chippewa County. A copy of this book can be found at the Chippewa County Genealogical Society Research Library, located in the Area History Center at Chippewa Falls.
Each Saturday, the Chippewa Area History Center showcases a piece of local history in the Herald. The Area History Center at 123 Allen Street, Chippewa Falls has multiple rooms of displays about Chippewa County history and genealogy. Visit www.ChippewaAreaHistoryCenter.org to learn more about the future Chippewa Area History Center and how you can help support local history preservation and education.

Chippewa County has many beautiful barns!  The majority are red (or were at one time), many are white, and at least one ...
03/31/2020
Wisconsin Public Radio

Chippewa County has many beautiful barns! The majority are red (or were at one time), many are white, and at least one is turquoise and one is harvest yellow. What is your favorite barn in Chippewa County? Comment below and include a photo if you can.

#WHYsconsin was asked to find out why barns in Wisconsin are painted red. They turned to Jerry Apps, the author of dozens of books chronicling rural life in Wisconsin, to help find the answer.

Big Drywood School.
03/30/2020

Big Drywood School.

School of the Week is Big Drywood School #8 from Arthur. It started in the late 1800's and consolidated into Cadott in 1962. In 1911 they added 18' to the building and by 1931 they were out of space and a second Big Drywood School was built two miles to the north. They became the old school and the new school, or north and south schools. The old school was on Cty S, 1/2 mile west of Cty EE, the new school on Ctyy EE, 1/2 mile north of 155th Ave. We'll save the new school for a later week. No word on what happened to the old school after consolidation, though there is a picture from 1965 with the building looking abandoned.

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For those without an Ancestry subscription, but you do have a library card, good news! MORE cardholders now have access to Ancestry at home! The link is found in users' inbox/messages in the new MORE Catalog: Log In from more.lib.wi.us Select the red box in the upper-right with your username From your account menu, use the envelope icon to open your messages Ancestry access info is at the top of your inbox
I am searching for my birth father. I know both his father and brother worked at the mill in 1946. Is there such a thing as a directory of employees during that time?
Thanks so much for all the help finding records of my ancestors! You have a lot of wonderful resources and it was well worth the drive to Wisconsin. I hope to be back again soon.
Descendants and friends of the Chippewa County Melville Irish Settlement please plan to attend. This will be a great time for Settlement genealogy research and to chat with Cyril Roycroft in Ireland. Remember to can go more research at the Chippewa Genealogy society. Contact me for more reunion information.
Getting started on "Mayflower 101" for January meeting. CVGS will be my 1st time for this talk, which I hope to be giving many times before the Quadricentennial celebration(s) in 2020. This is a photo of Upper Clatford England where Stephen Hopkins was born:
anyone in society do Find a Grave pics of the cem stones? My Campbells in Forest Hills Cem in Chippewa Falls need doing... John Edward Campbell 1830-1921 and his family are all in that cem, but not yet on Find a Grave. They lived in Bloomer and Sampson and were all buried in Chippewa Falls. Thanks.