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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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 November 8, 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 October 25, 2021
4.Communications from the floor (up to 30 minutes)
5.Discussion and possible action Operator License Applications received
6. Discussion and possible action approval of $5,000 of in-kind work in 2022 for 2 culvert replacements on Hendricks Creek on Walnut Road W
7. Discussion and possible action authorize Chairman Bomberg to sign a cost-share contract on behalf of the town with Florence County Land Conservation regarding the Hendricks Creek culvert replacements.
9.Discussion and possible action reschedule or cancel November 22, 2021 Regular Town Board meeting
10.Discussion and possible action distributing America Rescue Response Act funds to non-profit organizations who submitted 2020 Lost Income due to COVID 19 pandemic
11.Treasurer’s report, voucher approval, review of all October bank reconciliation reports, letters, notices, applications, review of Florence Utility Commission minutes and Timber cut notices, (if any)
12.Board member concerns
Shelly Van Pembrook
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The 2022 Budget Hearing, Special Town Meeting and Town of Florence Board Meetings to approve the 2022 Town of Florence Budget are posted below with a summary of the budget. To review a complete copy of the proposed 2022 Budget, you can contact the Town of Florence Office:
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NOTICE OF 2022 BUDGET HEARING FOR THE TOWN OF FLORENCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 65.90(4) of the Wisconsin Statutes that on Wednesday November 10th, 2021, the Town Board of the Town of Florence will meet at the Florence Community Center at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing any citizen or taxpayer on the proposed Town budget for 2022. The public has a right to provide written and/or oral comments on the entire budget. A summary of the proposed budget is published herewith and copies of the complete proposed budget in detail are available for public inspection at the office of the Clerk/Treasurer in the Town Hall, 749 Central Avenue, Florence, Wisconsin at any time during usual business hours.