Township of Jump River
 
A civil town in Taylor County, Wisconsin at
latitude 452047N and longitude 0904431W
created Mar. 13, 1923
The unincorporated community of Jump River is located in the township.
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  The town has a total area of 36.0 square miles, all of it land.

In 1847, surveyors working for the U.S. government walked the six mile square that would become the town of Jump River. They marked off the outline of thetownship on foot using compass and chain. A crew came back in 1855 to survey all the section lines. When done, the deputy surveyor filed this general description:

This township contains several swamps and some of considerable extent. They are all unfit for cultivation. The meadow and alder bottom are all liable to be overflowed to a depth of 1 foot or more. and are good for hay. The surface is generally level apart is upland where the soil is 2nd rate. This township is heavily timbered and is cheifly composed ofHemlock and Y. Birch on low level land, but on upland it is Sugar, Linden, W. Pine, Balsam and Elm. The undergrowth is generally thick and is composed of Hemlock, Hazel, and Balsam. Elm and Balsam line the margin of the meadow and alder bottoms and also most of the streams.

Barney and Gertrude Broeder were the first settlers in the town, arriving in 1892. Others soon followed. The Stanley, Merrill and Phillips Railway reached the town in 1904. In 1923, the Town of Jump River was established with its current boundaries.

In 1933 the cut-over east edge of the town of Jump River was designated part of the Chequamegon National Forest. In 2007 an area in the southeast corner was designated the Bear Creek Hemlocks State Natural Area. Among a variety of flora, it contains two stands of old-growth hemlock.


History Of The Village of Jump River
(formerly  Broederville.)

Bernhard & Gertrude Broeder
Bernhard (Barney) Broeder was born in Cologne, Germany on March 27, 1846. In 1851, he immigrated to the U.S. with his parents to the Greenbay, Wisconsin area. Broederville took its name from Barney Broeder, the first settler on the Jump River. Barney Broeder, the grand old pioneer settler of northwest Taylor county, went north from Thorp in the fall of 1890, before the time of roads, and searched out a homestead on the banks of the Jump River. Mr Broeder selected a site more than a mile north of the present village of Jump River. It had been used as a corn field by the Indians. The following March, he went up again, built a log house, moved his family, and lived there in the forest twenty-five miles from the nearest settler until 1893 when his wifes brother, John Frett, took land near them. John Hayes, Edward Powell, M. Long and Tim Warner soon followed. Hugh Warner was the first white child born in the settlement.


Elmer Houts arrived in 1896, and the following year married Miss Gertrude Broeder (daughter of Barney Broeder) - the first marriage in the new settlement.

In 1897, George Allemang, Chris Bacon, William Buyette, Bert Foster, Albert Laeger, Alex, Raymond and Mr. Carlyle settled in the area. Broederville post office was established, with Mr Broeder as the first postmaster. Mail was delivered by a post rider, who traveled 13 miles, over forest trails to Ingram twice a week. The first post rider was, Albert Laeger. In 1898, Charles Storms, E. Oldstead, George Loefler and Chris Olson were the new settlers.

Kellys and AlamangsThe Allamang school was built in 1898, with Miss Clara Mundt of Westboro, the first teacher. The first religious services were conducted by Rev. John Williams, a Congregational missionary, in the Allamang school, and a society was organized.
 In 1899 - 1900, The "Black Bridge" was built. It was the leading and only bridge across the Jump River for several years.

In 1902, the Mount Nebo Cemetary was platted by Barney Broeder, George Allamang and George Leffler
SMP RR Depot Jump River
In 1903, the railroad from Stanley was built through to  Jump River, and carried daily freight and mail. The Post Office was then transferred to the village. When the post office was moved to the present site of the village, the name was changed to Jump River,Boecklers Sawmill after the river which flows past the village.  The Indians called it the jumping river, probably because when the water is high the river jumps over the many rapids on it.

    C.J. Boeckler moved his store to the village, and built a hotel in 1903.  The following year he built a sawmill on Levitt Creek.
  A turnpike was built to connect with the Ingram road
Dan Boeckler In 1905, as the settlement still belonged to the town of Westboro, a number of voters walked twenty miles through the woods to the village of  Westboro to vote. Oscar and Charles Smith and L.J. Pannetti were among the new arrivals and a little later, Robert Black who soon established claim to the "Poet of Jump River" title by writing some very creditable poems.
In 1919, the county board created the Town of McKinley, and in 1923 made the east half into the town of Jump River.

At the first election, Dan J. Boeckler was elected chairman, an office which he held for many terms.




[source :  Reminiscences and Anecdotes of early Taylor County, author: Arthur J. Latton,  published: 1947]
 
1930 Federal Census
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