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Sherman Township was created
with its present boundaries Jan. 3, 1873. The first meeting
was held at the Cole school house. It was the tenth star on
the flag of the county. Its organizational town
meeting was held at the Coles school house on April 1, 1873.
consists of but one township, which is located in the eastern
part of the county, and described as town twenty-six, range
one east. Some three
years before efforts had been made to have this town created
but remonstrance were filed with the county board, and on
the 4th day of February 1870 the board rejected
the application for the new town by indefinitely postponing
the whole subject. Sherman was named for General William
Tecumseh Sherman, a number of its original residents having
some years before marched with him through Georgia.
The town has been settled by eastern people and
Germans chiefly; also by people from different parts of
Wisconsin. At the turn of the century, settlement was
confined, but there were a few large, productive farms.
In 1875, soon after the town was organized, the population
was 172; in 1880 it was 300; in 1885 it was 460, and close
to 600 in 1890. The officers of the town in 1890 were:
Chairman, C. M. Bradford; clerk, E. G. McVean; treasurer,
Otto Rehbein; assessor, John Fisher.
At the onset of the 20th century, there were still
some stands of valuable pine, but the greater part already
been cut. There were large sawmills on each side of the
town--east and west. The Spokeville lumber, shingle, lath
and excelsior mills on the west line of the town, and the
large mills at Spencer on the east line. These mills,
although initially engaged in cutting pine, began doing a
large business in hardwood.
The Yellow River and several small tributaries
spread over the entire vicinity. The soil is rich and
easily cultivated, and the surface is slightly rolling.
A stage line from Spencer through Spokeville to
Loyal passed through the Town, but this was discontinued
soon after a branch of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul
railroad ran their line through the villages of Spokeville,
Loyal and to Greenwood.
Spokeville was located southeast of the village of
Loyal. It was a prosperous community in the lumbering era as
it had a lumber mill, a shingle, a lath, an excelsior and a
spoke mill, getting its name of Spokeville from the latter.
There also was a blacksmith shop, a cheese and butter
factory, a general store, a school, a church and several
residences. Today the area has been effectively converted to
thriving dairy farms.
Veefkind, between Loyal and Marshfield, also Coles
Corners, between Loyal and Spencer, were active community
centers in Sherman Township during the lumbering era. They
too have become farming areas.
Sources: Robert McBride's 1909 History of Clark
County, WI; "Clark County Centennial", 1872 - 1972; "Clark County Illustrated" Saterlee, Tifft & Marsh, 1890.
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
W. T. Sherman was a Union General in the Civil War
and the commanding general of the United States Army for 14
years. His greatest feat in the war was to march an
army across George, "from Atlanta to the sea," and then
through South Carolina. On the way, he destroyed the
South's last economic resources. Because he waged
economic warfare against a civilian society, Sherman has
been called the first modern general. He is supposed
to have said, "War is hell."
In 1864 Grant appointed Sherman commander of Union
forces in the West. With three armies totaling about
100,000 men, Sherman captured Atlanta, and then started his
famous march to the sea. After Savannah fell, he moved
north through the Carolinas. In April, General Joseph
E. Johnston surrendered to him.
Sherman was born in Lancaster, Ohio. His
father died when Sherman was nine years old, and Thomas
Ewing, an Ohio political figure, adopted him. "Cump"
as William was known, later married Thomas' daughter,
Sherman was a graduate of the United States Military
Academy. He served at various posts in the South, and
fought in the Mexican War. He succeeded Grant in 1869
as commanding general of the army with the rank of full
general. Many people tried to induce him to run for
President, but he refused. He said, "I will not accept
if nominated and will not serve if elected."