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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"


Chapter  7  - Townships

by Frank L. Clark


Fairchild Township

(-As transcribed from page 39)


Fairchild Township was formed in 1874, and is identical in size and shape with one of government survey.  It is bounded on the north by the town of Bridge Creek, on the south by Jackson county, on the east by Clark county, and on the west by the town of Bridge Creek.  It is watered by Coon and Bridge creeks and their tributaries.  Its business center is the village of the same name, which is located in the extreme southeast corner of the county and the township, and was settled in 1868, about the time when the then West Wisconsin railway was constructing its roadbed.  The land at this time was covered with a low growth of bushes, but is now made into fine farms and country homes.  One of the first settlers there was Mr. Van Auken, who built the first steam sawmill and sold it to another early settler, G. S. Graves, in 1870.  It was twice burned down, the second time in 1874, and was not rebuilt.

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