Medford, Wisconsin
County seat of Taylor Co.
The town was nearly destroyed by fire in 1893.

This was in the "25 years ago" section of the Star News. The date of the issue is unknown. The item follows:
Probably nobody in Taylor county has known just how Medford got the name. F.C. Chase of Weyauwega was in the city yesterday with his son of the firm Wells & Chase of Dorchester. While talking over the early days with Frank Perkins he remarked that he was one of the contractors who cut out the Wisconsin Central right of way through Taylor county. That he and an eastern man sat on a hemlock stump one day. The other man presumably from Medford, Mass., peeled the bark from the stump and whittled the word 'Medford' into its surface, saying that he was going to call this place Medford. And Medford it has been ever since. Mr Chase says that they made their headquarters at that time on "Prink's Hill," now occupied by Mr. Walther. One day they came south on the right of way and built the first house in Medford, a log house at the south end of what is now called Front street. A.J. Perkins and family occupied the house in the early days.
 Medford Star-News, May 5th 1938.

A Little History of Medford
source :
Reminiscences and Anecdotes of early Taylor County, author: Arthur J. Latton
published: 1947
A.E. Harder was the first settler, he built a log cabin on his homestead, near where the old library building is.
The first train went through Medford in July 1873; Abe Gilbert was the engineer.
The first frame building, the depot, was built on Broadway, in September of that year.
The first child born was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W.B. Jeffers, but only lived a few weeks.
Hers was also the first death in the county.
The first school opened in the new settlement was a private one taught by W.E Lockerby.
Maurice Murphy opened the first public school.
W.W. Fry built a small sawmill near Browns Spring on Whalen Avenue, and operated it a few years.
King & McIntyre opened the first store.
The first post office was established, with A.E. Harder as postmaster.
Dr. S.B. Hubbell was the first physician.
Hubbell and Harvey Wheelock opened the first bank.
Ogden and Adams the first law office.
The first newspaper was the Taylor County News, edited and published by John A, Ogden. The first issue appeared March 31, 1875.
The first fire company was organized.
Miss Mary E. Carr became the first bride, on April 3, 1875, when Judge Prink united her in marriage to George E. Mattson.
The first town election was held April 6, 1875 in the Roberts and Whalen store.
Joseph Norton cast the first vote, was on the first jury, made the first deposit at the bank, and was said to be the heaviest man in town.
Nick Schafer was the first shoemaker.





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