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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Please note: The 2020 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills are mailed out as soon as they are available--usually the first or second week of December each year. When the tax bills get mailed out, the date they were mailed will get posted here.
After the tax bills are printed and mailed out, 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 hereto go directly to the site). On the right side of the page you will see “Florence County Quicklinks.” Click on the item “Property Tax Records,” which will be towards the bottom of the list. Here you can search by name or by parcel number. Once you have the correct record, select “taxes” on the top of the page. Make sure that you select the proper tax year to see the amount due. Information is available about 1 week after tax bills have been distributed by the county treasurer to the township clerks. This is usually the first or second week of December.
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.
For full payment and first installment payments, please make check or money order payable to the Town of Florence and mail to: Town of Florence; P.O. Box 247; Florence, WI 54121. To insure getting proper credit, enclose the payment stub and/or the parcel number(s) of the properties they are to cover. All envelopes must be postmarked before midnight of the deadline and be in my office within 5 days of the deadline. Receipts will be mailed to the address on file. If you need a receipt mailed to a different address, enclose as self-addressed stamped envelope.
Payment(s) in Person:
Payments in person are accepted; “however, payments made by mail, whenever possible, will be appreciated.” Please bring your tax statement(s). If you are paying with cash, bring the exact amount as only a very limited amount of cash is kept on hand at the office. Please note: we are unable to accept debit or credit card payments at this time.
Real Estate Tax Bills
Payments in the full amount will be accepted up by the Town up to and including January 31.
An after-hours drop-off box is located next to the Town Office door for your convenience. If you drop off a payment, please enclose it in an envelope. A receipt will be mailed to you. Please do not put cash in the drop-off box.
If you choose to pay under the 2 payment plan, the first installment is due to the Town of Florence by January 31. The second installment is payable to the Florence County Treasurer at the Florence County Courthouse, P.O. Box 410, Florence, WI 54121 by July 31.
Any real estate payments made after January 31 should go directly to the Florence County Treasurer.
If you have an escrow account, it is your responsibility to see that your mortgage company receives the tax bill.
Personal Property Tax Bills
Payment in the full amount only will be accepted up to and including January 31, payable to the Town of Florence.
There are no installment payments on Personal Property Taxes except for buildings on leased lands only, which would be accepted under the two payment plan.
Any Personal Property payments made after January 31 should go directly to the Town of Florence.