Township of Westboro
A civil town in Taylor County, Wisconsin
latitude 451952N and longitude 0902747W
Sept 3, 1875
The unincorporated community of Westboro is located in the township.

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Westboro is the largest town in Taylor County. Instead of the typical six miles by six, it is six by twenty miles. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 125.4 square miles, of which, 124.1 square miles is land and 1.3 square miles is water.

In 1847, surveyors working for the U.S. government walked the six mile squares that would become the town of Westboro. They marked off the outline of the town on foot using compass and chain. A crew came back in 1858 to survey all the section lines. When done, the deputy surveyor filed a general description for each six-mile square. Of them, the description of west-central Westboro (T33N R1W) is clearest:

This Township contains a few Tamarac and Cedar Swamps of Small extent, most of them unfit for cultivation. The surface is a Rolling Soil first and Second rate. Timber chiefly Hemlock Birch, Maple, Pine, Tamarac and Cedar. There is a large Windfall runs across the North West corner bears in South West and North East Direction Timber Decayed and grown to second Growth Popler.
There is several creeks in this Township among which is the Yellow River runs in a North Westerly course across the South West corner of the Township. It is a deep and narrow Stream flows in a gentle current, not good for forming Motive Power for Mill. There is another Stream of considerable extent enters the Township near the South East corner and runs in a gentle current Northwesterly. It is a deep narrow Stream banks low and principally lined with Alder.

A different surveyor in 1862 was more enthusiastic about east-central Westboro, the six mile square where most of the population is today:

A large portion of this Township is valuable for its splendid White Pine, also for its good soil. The surface is rolling and Timber heavy.

In 1933 much of the cut-over west half of the town of Westboro was designated part of the Chequamegon National Forest. Starting that year, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Mondeaux developed the Mondeaux Dam Recreation Area.

Some Westboro History

The earliest settlers were C.C. Palmer, Peter Campbell and Nelson Salvo who came in 1874. The first operated a hotel several years and then built a sawmill. John Duncan, James Richie and Wm. Taylor built the second mill which soon came into the sole ownership of Mr. Duncan who was the first postmaster.A. Bonneville operated the Central Hotel, and Mr. Salvo the Star. Peter Campbell ran the Campbell House.

H.S. and Parley Campbell came in 1876. There were two stores then belonging to C.C. Palmer and John Duncan and three saloons. Miss Gleason was the first teacher, and Miss Hattie Hull the second. W.H. Haight operated the Central House for a while, and then moved to Chelsea.

Alf Emmett was one of the earliest settlers having come with his parents when the railroad was put through in 1873. While a young boy, he had the misfortune to lose his sight, and spent the rest of his life in this village, the last part of which he operated a candy shop and pool hall. It is remarkable how well he could make change, and do other duties necessary in it's management, as well as the ease with which he could find his way around town.

According to Alf, the rails were laid to Chelsea in the fall of 1872, and the right of way was cut to Worcester, then called 101. There were no houses built here until the fall of 1873. C.C. Palmer built his mill, and John Duncan followed soon after. Nels Salvo built the first saloon, and John Emmett built the first house here. Frank Bidwell, John Fitz, Fred Evenson, Chas. Nelson, Gust Rindt, Frank McCumber, John Lucia, F.J. Kibbe, J. Goodrich and A Peterson were among the first comers. The first train came through from Stevens Point once a week with two or three cars. Frank Grad was Duncan's engineer, and Alex Bushey, his filer. Bigger and Lundt were early loggers.

The old Indian trail from Spirit to Jump River passed near here.

Dr. McClure was for years, the only physician.

Among other early settlers were J. Engstrom, Ed DaChaine, Wm. Wahl, A.H. Peterson, A.J. Premeau, W.A. Schaak, J. Tripanier, James and Chas. Ures, August Tulin, Carl Peterson, R. Rindt, D. Cummings, F.J. Husted, J. Sandberg, S.E. Thompson, M. Heldstab, John Vassel, Mike Wahl, Jack Douthitt, N.S. Tulin, W. Zimmerman and J. Porsorske.

Oscar Rademacher was the first lawyer, who took land four miles west, and opened an office at the county seat at Medford.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Allen in 1900, taught in the school, and farmed here for several years, and then bought a store and farm at Chelsea, and still later purchasing a farm east of Medford where he developed a fine herd of Guernseys.

When the Westboro Lbr. Co. built their mill here, J.J. Lingle, C.C. Lord, J.W. Kaye, B.J. Engstrom, O.W. Hamilton and I.P. Kiger were some of the late comers.

Mr. Frank built a saw mill that was run by a Holland type wind mill, until it burned a few years ago.

Reminiscences and Anecdotes of early Taylor County
,  by: Arthur J. Latton

published 1947,  pages 209 - 210
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