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From the Heritage of Iron & Timber 1880-1980
Published for Florence County, Wisconsin, 1980

The Townsite of Florence is Laid Out
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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The Town of Florence Office is located 
at 749 Central Avenue. It is in the 
corner of the Community Center building. 

The mailing address for the 
Town of Florence is P.O. Box 247; 
Florence, WI 54121.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 
from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Phone Number: 715-528-3595
Fax Number: 715-528-3591

Shelly VanPembrook, Clerk/Treasurer

Jessica Klumpp, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer

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Town Board Members

Timothy Bomberg, Chairman
PO Box 251
Florence, WI 54121
to contact Tim, please contact the Town Office 715-528-3595

John Holbrook, Supervisor #1
3498 Montgomery Lake Rd
Florence, WI 54121

Shane McLain, Supervisor #2
5561 N. First Crossing Road
Florence, WI 54121
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Town Board Meeting Dates

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 2022 will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
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Agendas for Upcoming Meetings
The agenda for the upcoming Town of Florence Board Meeting is posted below no later than Friday before the meeting.  The most recent agenda is always posted until the next meeting agenda is available.


Monday January 10, 2022
6:00 p.m. Community Center – 749 Central Avenue, Florence

1.Meeting called to order

2.Adoption of agenda

3.Approval of minutes of previous meeting(s) held on December 13, 2022 and report of vouchers approved for payment on 12/28/21 by Chairman Bomberg 

4.Communications from the floor (up to 30 minutes)

5.Discussion and possible action Operator License Applications received

6.Discussion and possible action Teck Solutions to create T:drive on network to secure town files

7. Discussion and possible action cancelation of January 24, 2022 regular town board meeting unless necessary.

8.Treasurer’s report, voucher approval, review of all December bank reconciliation reports (if available), letters, notices, applications, review of Florence Utility Commission minutes (if available) and Timber cut notices, (if any) 

9.Board member concerns


Shelly Van Pembrook

Note: If you have any special needs or require special accommodations in order to attend town board meetings, please call 715-528-3595 or write PO Box 247, Florence, WI 54121

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Current Notices for Residents

The 2022 Budget Hearing, Special Town Meeting and Town of Florence Board Meetings to approve the 2022 Town of Florence Budget are posted below with a summary of the budget.   To review a complete copy of the proposed 2022 Budget, you can contact the Town of Florence Office:

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by fax:  715-528-3591
by mail:   Town of Florence; P.O. Box 249; Florence, WI 54121

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​NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 65.90(4) of the Wisconsin Statutes that on Wednesday November 10th, 2021, the Town Board of the Town of Florence will meet at the Florence Community Center at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing any citizen or taxpayer on the proposed Town budget for 2022. The public has a right to provide written and/or oral comments on the entire budget. A summary of the proposed budget is published herewith and copies of the complete proposed budget in detail are available for public inspection at the office of the Clerk/Treasurer in the Town Hall, 749 Central Avenue, Florence, Wisconsin at any time during usual business hours.
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Notice is hereby given that on 
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021, immediately following the completion of the Public Hearing on the proposed 2022 budget, which begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 
A SPECIAL TOWN MEETING of the electors called pursuant to Section 60.12(1) (c) of the WI Statues by the town board for the following purposes will be held:

1.To adopt the 2021 town tax levy of $859,238 to be paid in 2022 pursuant to Section 60.10(1)(a) of WI Statutes.

Notice is hereby given that on 
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021, immediately following completion of the Special Town Meeting and the Public Hearing on the proposed 2022 budget, 
which begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center
a Town Board Meeting will be held for the following purposes:

1.For the Town Board to discuss and adopt the Year 2022 Budget for the Town of Florence.

Dated this 26th day of October, 2021.

Shelly VanPembrook

If you have any special needs or require special accommodations in order to attend town board meetings, please call 715-528-3595, write PO Box 247, Florence, WI 54121 or email
11-08-21 Minutes
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