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Worden Township (Twp 28, Range 4W) was the twenty-sixth created by
order of the county board, May 13, 1883. It was named in honor of
Zephaniah Worden, a well known local Civil
War hero. On April 4, 1876 the Township of Thorp was organized.
The present Town Worden was part of this township. On May 13, 1893 Worden
Township was created by an Ordinance of the Clark County Board. Ole
Samuelson was the first chairman of the town and is credited with initiating
its formation since he approached the county board with a request to
have the area divided from Thorp Township.
Worden consists of township No. 28 R. 4 west.
It is bounded by the town of Thorp on the
north, the town of Butler on the south, the town of Reseburg on the
east, and Chippewa County on the west. It is divided into thirty-six
square miles. The North Fork River flows about through the center of
it from the north to the south, and the Wolf River cuts off a strip
of the western part. Ole Samuelson was elected chairman when
the initial town meeting was held, the first Tuesday
in April, 1894 at Gorman School which later became Busy Bee School.
Zephaniah Worden was a popular
mail carrier in the pioneer Thorp area. He had blue
eyes, a dark complexion, dark brown hair and when he was full grown,
he stood 5' 8" tall. Before serving with the Union Army in Company
F of Pennsylvania's
45th Regiment, Unit #2287 during the Civil War, he was a laborer
who resided in Tioga Co., Pennsylvania. He enlisted September
2, 1861 and enrolled as a Private Oct. 1, 1861, at the age of nineteen
in his home county. July 18, 1863, he was promoted to Sergeant.
October 10, 1863, he was severely wounded during the battle at Blue
Springs, Tennessee and credited with "Distinguished Service".
On January 1, 1864, he re-enlisted and September 30th of that same year,
was taken prisoner at Pegram's Farm, Virginia but was later paroled.
He was mustered out of service July 17, 1865 in Alexandria, Virginia.
The papers of a prominent Pennsylvania Historian, Samuel Penniman Bates,
indicate that May 1, 1865, Zephaniah Worden was promoted to Full Sergeant,
Military Records 
February 20, 1870, "Zeph" married Eunice Aurelia who
was born May 20, 1852 in Baraboo, Monroe County, Wisconsin to George
Hickcox and Eliza Saloma (Greenslett) Murray.
Because of his distinguished service during the war, he was granted
a Land Patent of 160 acres on April 1, 1882 (Document #2295).
This parcel of land is located in Section 29N 4W Section
36 (which is old Thorp & Worden Township). His property was the entire
SW 1/4 Section of Section 36, some 160 acres.
Eunice (Murray) Worden died January 9, 1928 and Zephaniah died February
19, 1935. They are both buried in section 67, lot 21 of the Washington
State Veterans' Home Cemetery of Kitsap County, in Retsil, WA.
Sources: Centennial History of Worden, Township, WI; Dean Samuelson's
family records, Zephaniah Worden's Military Records from
of the Forty-fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry,
1861-1865", Williamsport, Pa., Grit Pub. Co., 1912,
Census and Family Records,
Digital Archives of Pennsylvania, Eau Claire Land Records, WI Marriage
Records, Washington State Veterans Home cemetery records compiled by