Wild Rose, Wisconsin may be a small village nestled in Waushara County, but it has quite a few historical events that took place in the area. Here are seven of them.
1. The Black Hawk War (1832)
Wild Rose is located within the territory where the Black Hawk War took place- a conflict between settlers and Native Americans. This war lasted from April to August in 1832 and saw the defeat of the native forces led by Black Hawk. There are many sites around Wild Rose where historians believe skirmishes took place.
2. First Homestead (1848)
In 1848, the first homesteader, Phillip Cox, settled in Wild Rose. Homesteading was the government's policy to incentivize farmers to move west and settle in the United States. Cox's house still stands today, and it is considered a historic site.
3. Wild Rose Ale and Beer Company (1884)
The Wild Rose Ale and Beer Company was started in 1884 and reached a production of 50,000 barrels a year. This was quite impressive for a small village, and the brewery even claimed to have the "best beer in the United States." The brewery closed its doors during the Prohibition era and was never reopened.
4. World War I (1914-1918)
Many soldiers from Wild Rose served in World War I. The local newspaper at the time, the Wild Rose Recorder, printed letters from soldiers and shared news of those in the military. There are also memorials in the area dedicated to those who lost their lives in the war.
5. Tornadoes (1925, 1996)
Wild Rose has had two significant tornados hit the area. The first occurred on May 22, 1925, causing 33 fatalities in Waushara County, including 10 in Wild Rose. The second tornado occurred on July 18, 1996, causing widespread damage throughout the county.
6. World War II (1939-1945)
During World War II, the village of Wild Rose had a service flag with 89 stars representing those from the area who served. The Wild Rose National Guard Unit was also sent to Europe to serve in the war.
7. Korean War (1950-1953)
Wild Rose residents also served during the Korean War. The local newspaper published letters from soldiers serving in Korea and shared news about the war. There is a memorial in Wild Rose dedicated to those who served in the Korean War.
In conclusion, Wild Rose, Wisconsin has a rich history, including being the site of the Black Hawk War, the location of the first homesteader, the old Wild Rose Ale and Beer Company, involvement in both World War I and II, tornados, and the Korean War. The small village has seen its share of both tragedy and triumph, but its history has helped shape it into the thriving community it is today.
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