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- Population (at 2010 census) was 2487
- Charles White Whittlesey, Medal of Honor recipient in World War I, was born in Florence.
- The Town of Florence maintains 119.21 miles of roads and streets--64.41 miles are paved road and 54.35 miles are gravel.
- Florence is the County seat for Florence County.
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A Little History of the Town. . .
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.
Notices for the Town of Florence
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
Click on Shelly's name or Jessica's name to e-mail them.
Property for Sale
The Town of Florence has a 30 ft x 120 ft lot for sale on the southeast corner of Quinnesec Street and Central Avenue (US Highway 2). Make an offer. The offer must provide a business plan and a building must be constructed within one year.
Offers will be considered based on those most beneficial to the community. The Town reserves the right to reject any or all offers.
For information Contact:
Shelly VanPembrook Clerk/Treasurer Town of Florence 715-528-3595
This page was last updated: January 13, 2015
Town of Florence, Wisconsin
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Tax bills were mailed out on Monday, December 8, 2014
Researching Taxes in the Town of Florence
There are three ways that you can find out how much money you owe on your tax bill.
1. Florence County website available at www.florencecountywi.com (or click here to go directly to the site) On the right side of the page you will see "Florence County Quicklinks." Click on the "Property Tax Records." Here you can search by name or by parcel number. Once you have the correct record, select "taxes" on the left side of the page. Make sure that you select the proper tax year to see the amount due. Information is available approximately 1 week after tax bills have been distributed by the county treasurer to the township clerks.
2. You can investigate tax amounts at the Town Office located at 749 Central Avenue, Florence, WI. Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch is from 12:00 to 12:30. After February 1, the County Treasurer will have the most up-to-date and complete records for the current year's taxes.
3. You can investigate tax amounts from the County Treasurer office located at 400 Lake Avenue, Florence, WI . Phone 715-528-3204. County Treasurer’s office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Lunch is from 12:00 to 12:30.
When making payments please have correct payment amount. Include parcel # on check stub with disbursement amount. Limit the # of parcels to 10 to be included on one tax payment. Give clear and accurate disbursement instructions for check amount. Checks will be returned if disbursement is inaccurate. Overpayments are refunded to the property owner after board approval and check has cleared bank.
Florence County allows for two installments. The first installment is payable to the Township Clerk and due by January 31. The second installment is payable to the County Treasurer and due by July 31. Post marked dates are accepted. Please note that your receipt from your first payment and your original tax bill (mailed in December) are the only reminders you will receive for the second installment.
Town of Florence Property Owners Mail Tax Payments To:
First Installment: Second Installment: Town of Florence Florence County Treasurer Shelly VanPembrook, Clerk/Treasurer JoAnne Friberg, Treasurer 749 Central Avenue 501 Lake Avenue Florence, WI 54121 Florence, WI 54121 715-528-3595 715-528-3204
Notice of Winter Plowing and Parking Regulations
Plowing snow across town roads creates a dangerous situation for traffic and safety hazards for all those who travel that road. As the property owner, you are responsible for the plowing being done on your property—even if you are paying someone else to remove the snow for you.
Wisconsin Statute 346.94(5) states that no person may place or cause to be placed upon a highway any substance that is or may be injurious to any vehicle. A pile of snow certainly fits this description.
Wisconsin Statute 346.95(3) says that the penalty is $50 for each offense. This statute will be enforced.
In addition, you are not permitted to pile snow on or block the sidewalks.
Effective immediately, parking on town roads and streets shall be prohibited so that plowing can be done quickly and with safety. The parking ban is in effect between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Vehicles in violation will be towed away and tickets will be issued.