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Tow n of Nam akag on Civ ic Hist or y

Cab le , Wiscon sin 5 4 8 2 1

On Jan uar y 2 1 , 1 9 1 2 , a p et it io n w as st ar t ed t o seced e f r o m Cab le To w n sh ip . Th e m ain r easo n f o r secessio n w as t h at m o st o f t h e h ig h w ay m o n ey w as b ein g u sed t o b u ild r o ad s in t h e w est en d , an d t h e ch ild r en in t h e east en d co u ld n 't alw ays g et t o sch o o l d u e t o n o r o ad s. Dr . Laug h lin d on at e d lan d f or a sch oolh ouse o n Lo t 2, Sect io n 21,T43,R6 in w h at w as st ill Cab le To w n sh ip . He lat er b u ilt an d eq u ip p ed Lakew o o d s Sch o o l o n t h is p r o p er t y. Th is sch o o l an d t h e Nam akag o n Sch o o l h o u sed t h e t o w n m eet in g s u n t il a t o w n h all w as b u ilt . In t h e se ce ssion case , t h e set t ler s w er e r ep r esen t ed b y t h e Ash lan d law f ir m o f San b o r n , Lam o r eu x & Pr ay. Vict o r An d er so n an d Jo sep h Go o d m ad e m an y t r ip s b y h o r se an d b u g g y t o Cab le an d Gr an d View , an d lat er b y t r ain t o Mad iso n t o p r esen t t h eir case t o leg islat o r s an d sen at o r s. On May 20, 1913, a b ill w as p assed in Mad iso n cr eat in g t h e To w n o f Nam akag o n . Th e co st t o t h e r esid en t s o f t h e law f ir m w as $150.00. Th e f ir st caucus m e e t in g f or t h e t ow n w as h eld o n Mar ch 14, 1914 at t h e h o m e o f Jo sep h Go o d . Th e f ir st t o w n m eet in g w as h eld in Ap r il 1914, an d t h e t o w n 's sch o o ls p u lled aw ay f r o m t h e Cab le sch o o ls t h at su m m er t o f o r m t h eir o w n d ist r ict . Th e f ir st p lat m ap o f t h e t o w n w as d r aw n b y Saw yer Co u n t y Su r veyo r , Har r y Jo h n so n , in lat e 1915. In Mar ch of 1 9 1 5 , lan d b y t h e f ir st d am w as co n veyed t o t h e Im m ig r aio n Co m p an y b y No r t h Wisco n sin Lu m b er Co m p an y f o r a p er io d o f f if t een year s. Im m ig r aio n w as t h en r en am ed t h e Nam akag o n & To t o g at ic Dam Co m p an y. Th is o ccu r r ed d esp it e ef f o r t s b y t h e Glo ver f am ily w h o w an t ed t o co n t r o l t h e d am , an d h ad b een t h e b ig g est o p p o n en t s t o Nam akag o n b eco m in g a t o w n . Con st r uct ion f or a t ow n h all w as ap p r o ved o n Ap r il 26, 1921 at an an n u al t o w n m eet in g . Elm er McKay w as aw ar d ed t h e co n t r act t o b u ild t h e 32'x50' b u ild in g at a co st o f $1,975.00. At t h e an n ual t ow n m e e t in g in 1 9 6 2 , it w as d iscu ssed w h et h er t o r em o d el t h e t o w n h all o r t o b u ild a n ew o n e. Du r in g a sp ecial m eet in g o n Oct o b er 15, 1962, t h e t o w n b o ar d w as au t h o r ized t o p r o ceed w it h p lan s f o r a n ew t o w n h all, an d t o ap p ly f o r a g r an t f r o m t h e Fed er al g o ver n m en t t o assist w it h t h e co st . An ot h e r sp e cial m e e t in g w as h e ld o n Sep t em b er 4, 1963 t o d iscu ss b u ild in g t h e n ew h all b ecau se t h e p r io r m eet in g w as n o t p r o p er ly p o st ed . A r eso lu t io n w as p assed f o r t h e t o w n t o p u r ch ase lan d f r o m Sam Go lz at Bir ch es Co r n er , an d t o so licit b id s f o r b u ild in g t h e n ew h all. Fo u r St ar Co n st r u ct io n w as aw ar d ed t h e co n t r act in Feb r u ar y, 1964 f o r t h e lo w b id o f $40,905.00, w it h w o r k t o b eg in t h at Mar ch an d co m p let ed in Ju ly.

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