Source: History of Marathon County Wisconsin and Representative Citizens (1913) written by Louis Marchetti, pages 571-572 ---Transcribed by Marla Zwakman


Harrison was set off as a separate town December 20, 1888, from portions of the towns of Easton and Texas; its present territory embraces only township 30, range 10 east. It organized in the spring of 1889, and J. C. Hogarthy was elected as its first chairman. Hogarthy was one of the first native Americans in Marathon county to go farming and remained on his farm until his death after 1900, only doing some occasional logging on the Eau Claire river near or on his land. Like all other lands this township was heavily timbered, and all of the pine was floated down to the three mills on this river and there manufactured.

There is now a small portable mill in this town doing custom sawing for farmers. The farm settlement is getting stronger in later years, but clearings are not yet very large. Much of the income of the farmers is derived from the sale of hardwood logs brought to the railroad landing in the town of Hewitt, and the hemlock is floated down the Eau Claire river to the mill of Manser or the John Ross mill, being in the village of Scholfield.

There is as yet no cheese factory or creamery in this town, but they will soon be in existence as the clearings grow and more stock can be kept.

The town has four school districts with a good modern schoolhouse in each, and the population is of mixed nationality, some native Americans, some Scandinavians and some Germans.

There are no churches in this town, but religious services are conducted in schoolhouses by visiting ministers.


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