In 1879 Mr. VanDyke and Mr. Hagerman, financiers, purchased a three-fourths interest, arranged for railroad extension because of the good work done in this mining region by Mr. N.P. Hulst and called the mine in Florence in honor of Mrs. Florence Hulst, his wife. This name was first applied to the iron mine, then to the town and county. The following is an account of the letter sent to Mrs. Florence Hulst on December 15, 1879 by Mr. J.J. Hagerman President of the Menominee Mining company:
Mrs. Hulst -- The time is come when we must give a name to the new town in Wisconsin at the end of the Railroad now building, and to the new mine in the vicinity, now called the Eagle, but which name we do not wish to keep, as there is already an Eagle P.O. in Wisconsin. The Company owns all the land around the lake, where the town will be located. It will be a lively town. We shall put an anti-whiskey clause in all deeds and we expect it will be as much noted for its temperance and morality as for its -- well, anything the future may develop. We all wish to call the new town and the mine FLORENCE, in honor of the first white woman who had courage enough to settle (for a while) in that rugged country. I mean the first white woman known to us.
Will you permit your name to be used?
Thus the town and mine had been given a name, a very prim and proper name!
Because of the mine people rushed into the region and by 1880 Mr. Fisher laid out the townsite, putting a number of lots upon the market. He said he would put the lots in at government prices selling the ordinary lots from $100.00 while the corners sold for $150.00.
In sixty days Mr. Fisher had sold $60,000 worth of realty. The population at this time was 50 people. In a short time a blast furnace was put up as was a foundry, five coal kilns, a large sawmill and a cheese factory.
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Town board meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center located at 749 Central Avenue, Florence. Meeting agendas will be posted online no later than the Friday before the meeting. Agendas are also posted at the Florence Post Office, Courthouse, and at Bigfoot's Riverside Liquor.
Minutes are posted after they are approved from the most recent meeting only. For copies of minutes prior to those posted online, please contact the Town Office.
The Annual Town Meeting is held the third Tuesday in April each year at 6:00 p.m. The Annual Town Meeting for 2023 will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.
Town board minutes will be posted online after they are approved (i.e. the January minutes are approved at the February Town Board meeting, and will be posted here to the website after the February meeting). Only the most recent minutes are posted online. For copies of previous meeting minutes, please contact the Town of Florence Office. Please Note: The Annual Meeting Minutes are unapproved minutes. They will be approved at the 2023 Annual Town Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 6 p.m. at the Town of Florence Community Center.
As the mid-term election season gets underway, there are two remaining elections in 2022 for Wisconsin: the Partisan Primary Election, which will be held on Tuesday, August 9, and the November General Election, which will be held on Tuesday, November 8. Wisconsin voters can vote at the polls on Election Day or vote an absentee ballot prior to Election Day. While most voters will choose to vote at the polls, there are some important notes regarding the absentee ballot process that all voters should know.
As these elections get closer, voters will see an increase in mail. Most mail will be political flyers, but there are sure to be absentee ballot applications as well. This is where a lot of confusion happens. In an effort to help voters, many organizations send absentee ballot requests out to voters. An absentee ballot application is a form that can be used to request an absentee ballot. An absentee ballot contains the actual ballot, instructions and certificate envelope to mail the ballot back to the clerk.
It is important to note that in Wisconsin voters are not automatically mailed a ballot. Ballots are only mailed to voters with an absentee request on file. There are many political organizations and political parties that send Absentee Ballot Applications to registered voters, and in some cases a lot of the voter information is already preprinted on the application for the voter. Sometimes these applications are on a full-size piece of paper and sometimes they are a postcard. They will look different depending on who is doing the mailing.
On April 25, 2022 the Center for Voter Information informed the Town Office that they mailed 32 registered voters in the Town absentee applications. The Town of Florence Office does not know how they chose the voters they sent applications or where the organization got contact information for the voters.
While these applications did not come from the Town of Florence Office, if the form is completed, signed and photo id is submitted with the application (or is already on file from a previous application) the form will be used as an absentee application for the voter. If a voter uses this form, they should read it over carefully. There are common issues that may arise from using these forms including voters not providing a photo idea, not signing the form, not providing a mailing address if it is different than the voting address, etc. One specific issue that comes up often is that absentee ballots do not forward. If a voter requests and absentee ballot and then has a temporary forward or hold on their mail, the ballot will be returned to the Clerk as undeliverable.
Voters need to be aware of what they are signing/requesting. In 2020, there was an organization that sent out absentee ballot application postcards. The postcards had fine print which included the wording “please mail me ballots from today’s date through the end of the current calendar year (ending 12/31).” Voters who used the postcards were then automatically sent ballots for the remainder of the 2020 elections. This was confusing to some voters who used the postcard since they didn’t realize they were signing up to receive ballots for the entire year.
Requesting an absentee ballot is easy in Wisconsin. While you can use the official absentee application form, that is not the only way to request an absentee ballot. Voters can go online to the myvote.wi.gov website to request an absentee ballot. Voters can also send something in writing (via the mail, fax or e-mail) to their local clerk stating their name, their voting address, where they want the absentee ballot mailed, indicating what elections they want covered, and signing the application. A copy/picture of the voter’s Photo ID is also required to be included with the application if there isn’t one on file from a previous absentee ballot request.
More information on absentee voting, including deadlines for requesting ballots, in the Town of Florence can be found at www.townofflorencewisconsin.com. If you have questions, you can contact the Town of Florence Office at 715-528-3595.