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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
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This page was last updated: March 14, 2018
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Spring Weight Limits 2018
Updated on: 03-06-18
Spring Weight Limits for Town of Florence and Commonwealth roads are tentatively set to go into effect on Friday, March 9.
Spring Weight Limits will be in effect as soon as the signs are up on the Town Roads.
Spread Eagle Recycling is scheduled for Friday, March 9. This will be done at it's normal location. The alternate locations for Garbage and Recycling pick-up during Spring Weight Limits will begin Monday, March 12. These alternate locations will be in effect until the Spring Weight Limit signs are removed. It will also be posted on this website.
The alternate locations are as follows:
Town of Florence
Spring Election 2018
Absentee Ballots Available
Attention: Town of Florence Voters
Absentee Ballots are now available in the Town of Florence Clerk's Office.
In-Person Absentee Voting can occur during normal office hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. You will need a valid photo id to be able to receive a ballot. The last day for
in-person absentee voting is Friday, March 30. The Clerk's Office will be open on Thursday, March 29 until 5:00 p.m. Please note that Friday, March 30 is Good Friday. The Town Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Office personnel will be available by phone (715-528-3595) from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Good Friday. Please call ahead to schedule a time to vote absentee on Good Friday.
Absentees can also be mailed to you. In order to receive and absentee by mail, we need to have a request and photo id on file. The request should include the date, the voters name, the address the voter is registered at, the address we should mail the ballot to, and what elections you want ballots for -- i.e. Spring Election (April). These requests can be mailed (P.O. Box 247), dropped off in the office (749 Central Ave), faxed (715-528-3591) or e-mailed (email@example.com or (firstname.lastname@example.org). The last day that ballots can be mailed (with certain exceptions) is Thursday, March 29.
If you want to vote absentee but need to register to vote, that can be done in the Clerk's Office during normal office hours as listed above for in-person absentee voting. You will need to bring Proof of Residence in order to register to vote.
Voter Registration can also happen on election day.