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WARNER is one of the two towns that have the largest area of any in the county. It extends eighteen miles east and west, and six miles north and south, consisting of three townships, which are described as township twenty-seven, ranges two, three and four west. It is located a little northwest of the center of the county. It was organized by act of legislature passed in the year 1874. It was named in honor of M.B. Warner, who was one of the first settlers in the town, and who is still a resident of the town.

The settlement is principally in the eastern half of the town; and the population consists largely of eastern people. This eastern part of the town has been settled for quite a number of years, especially along Black river.

There are a large number of small streams, without names, flowing through the town-enough to water the surface sufficiently. Black river flows south through the eastern township. Popple river unites with Black river in this town, just above the village of Hemlock. A large flood dam has been built across Black river at Hemlock, which is used in flooding or floating logs down the river, and also in running the mills at Hemlock. The South Fork of the Eau Claire river flows through the middle township, and the North Fork of the same river through the western township. All of these streams have been used largely in floating the pine timber, which grew in the town, to market. The western township was originally covered with a thick growth of pine timber. This however, has nearly all been cut, leaving but very little timber of any value.

The land in this part of the town is not well adapted to agricultural purposes, and will probably never be of very much value, unless it be for pasture or grazing lands. The land in the western half of the middle township is similar to that just described, and has a level surface. The eastern half of this township, or that portion east of the South Fork, is much better land, having originally been covered with hardwood timber, a portion of which has been cut, and several fine farms started. The eastern township is also largely hardwood land, and has been settled for some time. There are some of the largest and best farms in the county in this township.

The soil is well adapted to the production of the various kinds of grains, vegetables and grasses of this latitude, and stockraising and dairying is receiving a share of the attention of the farmers.

The highways and bridges in the town are numerous and in good repair.

The schools and churches and, in fact, all public matters receive proper attention, and testify to the enterprise of the people.

The line of survey of the Wisconsin Central railroad runs through this town. The road will be completed this season as far as Greenwood, which is on the southern boundary of this town, and next season the road will be completed through this town to Chippewa Falls or some point near there.

The proposed line of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad also extends through this town in a northwesterly course. This road is already in operation as far as the village of Lynn, and grading is being done on the extension from Lynn to Thorp. These roads, when competed, will furnish the town with excellent railroad facilities, and be very beneficial to the inhabitants.

The little village of Hemlock, on Black river, in this town, has two large mills, one flour mill and one lumber, shingle and lath mill. The water power, by which these mills are run, is unlimited here. There is a sufficient volume and fall to run any number of mills and factories. Hemlock is the northern terminus of the telephone line which extends south to La Crosse, and east to the towns on the Wisconsin Central line. It is the longest telephone line in this section of the country.

The census reports for '75, '80 and '85 give the following figures: Population of the town in 1875, 294; in 1880, 435; in 1885, 590. The population for 1890 has not yet been furnished us, but there has been a good increase in the past five years.

The officers of the town for 1890 are as follows: Chairman, W.H. Mead; clerk, William Vollrath; treasurer, Henry Humke; assessor, A. Larson.

Harry Mead Cabin

Pioneer Home of Harry Mead.

The above cut represents the pioneer home of W. H. Mead. Of the town of Warner. The building was erected in 1866, and served as the home of Mr. Mead and his family until the year 1871, at which time he built a fine large residence. Mr. Mead was born in Dutchess County, NY, in 1833. He came with his parents to Jefferson County. Wis., in 1845, where he lived until 1865. He was married in 1861 and moved to Clark County in 1865 where he engaged in lumbering and farming

(Source: CLARK COUNTY ILLUSTRATED, published 1890 by Saterlee, Tifft & Marsh - pages 53-54)

Transcribed by Carol Awe





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