Did you know that the first settler of Ellsworth, Anthony Huddleston came here in November 1854, but did not set up his claim until May 1855? (where the creamery now stands). That the oldest business building still standing at East Ellsworth was moved in from Brassington in 1893? The first hotel, school, and county buildings were located in the Midway district? These facts and many more are being uncovered in the latest Pierce County Historical Association project. Dan Geister along with founding members of the Ellsworth Chapter Kathy Deiss and Pat Mory among others are now doing an intensive survey on the history of Ellsworth. The hope is to chronicle the history in as many ways. Topics being studied include early settlement, county government, village formation and improvements including the fire department, post office and mail; the business district history; the railroad in Ellsworth; Ellsworth schools including those in the township like Clayfield, Freier, Cudd, Iverson, Lantz, Sleepy Hollow, Murphy, and Sunnyside; all churches in the township past and present, organizations including baseball, bands, odd fellows, masons, boy scouts, pioneer school girls, Legion, Chamber, Boy and Girl Scouts, Rod and Gun and Lions among others, events including 4th of July, Circus, Snowfest, County Fair and Ellsworth family histories. If any part of your family came to Ellsworth township or village by 1900, we are looking to include a family genealogy/profile. The final product we hope to be similar in format to The History of Prescott (1996) by Beeler and Ahlgren.
We have recently completed a reading of the Pierce County Herald from its beginnings in 1868 to the present day and are now looking to contact people or their families that had businesses in Ellsworth at one time or are members of the pioneer familes of the township. This is where you come in. If you have photographs or information on any of the above topics that you would wish to contribute, please contact us. While our organization has a collection of materials that are helpful in producing this project we are very much dependent on donations; therefore there are many things we do not have. Examples of this would be photographs of the interior of the Ellsworth depot, the orginal look of the Midway malll circa 1970s, an exterior or interior shot of the Odd Fellows hall that stood where the Dairy Queen is now from 1883 - 1954, interiors of the first county buildings, among many others too numerous to list here. There are many things from recent history that we don't have as well, so don't feel like you can't contact us if you have something "too new." If you have photographs or information for the History of Ellsworth project or questions please contact the office at P. O. Box 148 Ellsworth WI 54011, or 715-273-6611 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Names that we are researching right now are (1st generation heads of families): James Adams, Henry Ames, Ole, Axel, Nels P. and John Anderson, Andrew Austerland, Arthur J. Baker, George Bartlett, Truman Bateman, Charles Bergund, John T. Bowers, Jacob Bristle, Clark W. Brown, Alexander Brownlee, Titus Bunnell,
George W. Cairns, Frank D. Campbell, Richard L. Canfield, S.V. Chamberlain, John and Jacob Christenson, Rufus N. Clapp, Solomon Close, Nathan Cross, Wallace Crownheart, Abel Cudd, John Curtin, Rasmus Davidson, Edward L. Davis, Wendell S. Dodge, Hiram B. Doolittle, Louis Dumond, Charles Dunbar, Benton Elliott, Frederick Endress, Frederick and Christ Falkofskie, Patrick Fallon, William Fay, Andrew Fink, Harry and Guy Flanders, George Fletcher, Jacob Freier, Charles Freese, Fredrick Gerber, John Gibbons, Simon J. Goodell, Lewis S. Guest, Miles B. Haight, John Jasper Leland Hamilton, Asa Hammond, Joseph W. Hancock, Michael and Martin Hanson, Sylvester Harris, Henry Hauschlidt, Paul Heckel, Hans P. Helgeson, John Herbert, John Hoffman, John Holden, Joseph Holman, Milton and Michael Holtsapple, Johann Hoyer, Huber, Anthony Huddleston, Josiah Hudson, Isaac, Ole and Jens B. Jenson, Martin, Andrew J. and Peter J. Johnson, Abraham Kille, George W. Kimball, Kinne, David Klingensmith, Jacob Knorth, Dewitt C. Knowlton, George Krauss, Michael Langbein, Christ and John Lantz, H.W. Lawrence, John G. Lehman, David Leonard, August Lubnow, Henry G. Luke, Mads Madson, James Mallon, Christopher Manser, Steven Mason, John McAlevey, Thomas McAndrews, George Melcher, John J. Miller, Joseph R. Moore, Jackson Mumford, Deo C. Munger, Thomas and Aaron Nelson, Ole Olson, Henry J. Oltman, Alexander Palmquist, Walter Parmalee, Edward and Charles Peterson, James E. Powers, Thomas Quinn, Abraham Rice, Thomas and Charles Riley, Wilbur Rupert, Jonathan Russ, James Ryan, Sanderson, Albert C Sanford, John S. Sargent, Frederick Schulte, Wendel Schwartztrauber, Lawrence Seifert, Peter Shannon, John Shingeldecker, Joseph Smith, Lafeyette G. Spinney, Selah Strickland, Adolph Swahn, Ludwig Swenson, Henry Swim, Willam Tear, Peter Terpenning, Warren Walsingham, Walter E. Warren, Michael Welch, Isaac Wickard, John W. Winn, George and John Wirth, Henry G. Wood, William Woodworth