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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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.
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.
TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF FLORENCE
Monday September 13, 2021
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 August 23rd, 2021
4.Discussion and possible action acceptance of 2021 redistricting maps based on the 2020 Census, Florence County Zoning Administrator, Kelly Sleeter
5.Communications from the floor (up to 30 minutes)
6.Discussion and possible action Operator License Applications received
7. Discussion and possible action 2-Year maintenance proposal from R&R Assessing Services from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023
8.Discussion and possible action filling vacancy(s) in highway department
9.Discussion and possible action application from Gene Lefeber to serve as Commissioner on the Florence Utility Commission
10.Treasurer’s report, voucher approval, letters, August bank reconciliation reports, notices, Florence Utility Commission minutes and Timber cut notices, (if any)
11.Board member concerns
12. Closed Session under WI SS 19.85(1)(c) Compensation and Evaluation. Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. Reconvene to open session to take action, if appropriate on matters discussed in closed session
Shelly Van Pembrook
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Town board minutes will be posted online after they are approved (i.e. the January minutes are approved at the February Town Board meeting, and will be posted here to the website after the February meeting). Only the most recent minutes are posted online. For copies of previous meeting minutes, please contact the Town of Florence Office.
The Town Board of Florence is accepting applications for a full-time highway department employee. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Snow plowing, truck driving, operating equipment and manual labor will be required as needed. Mechanical and welding experience a plus. Applicants must be 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license and will be required to obtain a CDL with endorsements after being hired. Physical and drug testing will be required upon hiring. The position offers a competitive wage and benefit package with wage to be determined by experience.
Applications can be mailed to: Town of Florence; P.O. Box 247; Florence, WI 54121. Or applications can be dropped off at the Town Office at 749 Central Ave.
Applications are due by September 27, 2021 at noon.
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