Waupaca County, Wisconsin

Waupaca County comprises twenty-one townships, each six miles square, and twenty organized towns, as follows: Bear Creek, Caledonia, Dayton, Dupont, Farmington, Fremont, Helvetia, Iola, Larrabee, Lebanon, Lind, Little Wolf, Matteson, Mukwa, Royalton, St. Lawrence, Scandinavia, Union, Waupaca, and Weyauwega.

The county contains 756 square miles, and 483,840 acres. It is thirty miles in length from north to south, and twenty-four in width from east to west, except in the north tier of towns, where, by the addition of the town of Matteson on the east, it is six miles wider.


Old Settlers Society of Waupaca County, 1872
Original Members List (199 Names)
Old Settlers Reunion, 1873
New Members List (90 Names)
Old Settlers Reunion, 1874
New Members List (48 Names)
Old Settlers Reunion and White Lake Picnic, 1875
New Members List (31 Names)
Old Settlers Reunion, 1876
New Members List (19 Names)
Old Settlers Reunion, 1877
Old Settlers Reunion at White Lake, 1879 (last meeting)
Death of Wau-Ke-John
Indian Murder
Those Suckers (I think a fish)


Each town contains great information of the residents, first births, deaths, marriage,
officials, and so much more.  Great place to find an ancestor mentioned.

Bear Creek Caledonia Clintonville
Dayton Dupont Farmington
Fremont Village of Fremont Helvetia
Iola Village of Iola Larrabee
Lind Little Wolf Village of Manawa
Matteson Mukwa & Northport New London
Royalton Village of Royalton St. Lawrence
Scandinavia Union Waupaca
Weyauwega Waupac Village of Weyauwega

Bear Creek Caledonia Dayton Dupont
Farmington Fremont Harrison Helvetia
Iola Larrabee Lebanon Lind
Little Wolf Matteson Mukwa Royalton
St. Lawrence Scandinavia Union Waupaca
Weyauwega ... ... Wyoming

It is bounded on the north by Shawano County, on the east by Shawano and Outagamie, on the south by Winnebago and Waushara, and on the west by Portage County. In the northwest part of the county are many bluffs and hills. The soil there is in many places rather stony, not so easily worked, and not as fertile as in the valleys. In the rest of the county, with few exceptions, the surface is gently undulating, capable of being easily cultivated, and producing all kinds of crops usually raised in northern latitudes.

The eastern and northern parts of the county are heavily timbered with hard and soft maple, oak, birch, cherry, butternut, hickory, ash, elm, basswood, ironwood, pine, tamarac, spruce, poplar, and in some places beech and hemlock. The rest of the county is mainly oak openings. About three-fifths, perhaps more, is timbered land.

The soil in the timber varies from a light sand, on the pine ridges, to a stiff, tenacious clay on the more level grounds. The sand, although light, can be easily kept in heart, and pays well for the trouble and expense of cultivation. Corn, buckwheat, beans and potatoes do best on the light soils, while oats, wheat, peas and the grasses exhibit a decided partiality for clay or a heavy loam. In many parts of the ''openings" is much sand, yet there is much excellent soil to be found there, dark, rich, and in many places quite tenacious, yielding the best of crops, and easily worked. Some of the best farms in the county are found among the openings.

Winter wheat seldom kills out, and is much raised. Spring wheat also does remarkably well. In fact, Waupaca County may be put down as one of the best wheat counties, not only in Wisconsin, but of the entire Northwest. No county in the State can beat ours in the quality of that grain, and but few equal it, although some may excel us in the quantity on a given number of acres. Corn is a pretty sure crop; even dent corn, which cannot be raised in the same latitude east, seldom fails here, and is the crop with us. Oats and buckwheat do well, but not as well as in many of the eastern states, where the weather during the summer and early fall is cooler and moister. Read more...

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Source: History of Waupaca County, Wisconsin, by J. Wakefield, Waupaca, Wisconsin, 1890.

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