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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: October 23, 2014
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No Photo ID Required for November 4 Election
U.S. Supreme Court Decision Blocks Wisconsin Voter Photo ID Law
Late Thursday, October 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued an order blocking implementation of Wisconsin's voter photo ID law for the November 4, 2014 General Election.
Learn more about the status of the Voter Photo ID Law at
Town of Florence Residential Lighting Contest
Believe it or not, it is that time of year again. Fall is here and Christmas in Florence is just around the corner. For the past three years, many businesses throughout Florence County have decorated for this event. New this year, there will be a contest for residents to participate in a decorating contest.
This contest is open to residents throughout Florence County.
There is no charge to enter the contest. In order to register,
all you need to do is complete the form below and drop off or
send it to the Town of Florence Office at P.O. Box 247;
749 Central Avenue, Florence, WI 54121.
People love to look at houses decorated with Christmas lights and this would be an inexpensive enjoyable family outing to take a ride to see the lights. The goal of this contest is to encourage residents to decorate, so that a list can be compiled and distributed beginning at Christmas in Florence and then afterwards at businesses throughout Florence County showing people where the decorations will be on display. If you’re interested in being included on this compiled list, we ask that entry forms be received by Wednesday, December 3rd.
Each resident that participates will be entered into a drawing to win prizes. If you have questions, please contact the Town of Florence Office at 715-528-3595.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
Absentee Voting to be Administered at Golden Living Center
October 29, 2014
If a resident is unavailable to vote at this time, alternative dates will be
October 30th & 31st at 9:00 A.M.
GOLDEN LIVING CENTER
5778 Chapin Street
Special Voting Deputies appointed by the Town of Florence will be administering absentee voting for the residents of this facility for the GENERAL ELECTION at the above time and place. Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot.
Only observers from each of the two recognized political parties whose candidates for the governor or president received the greatest number of votes in the municipality at the most recent general election may accompany the deputies to each facility where absentee voting will take place. The observers may observe the process of absentee ballot distribution in the common areas of the home or facility. Each party wishing to have an observer present shall submit the name of the observer to the clerk no later than the close of business on the last business day prior to the visit.
Family members of residents may be present at the time of voting.
If you have further questions, please contact:
Town of Florence Clerk/Treasurer
749 Central Avenue, Florence