Place:Vilas, Wisconsin, United States

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Vilas County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,430. Its county seat is Eagle River.

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History

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Settlement

Vilas County was set off from Oneida County on April 12, 1893 and named for William Freeman Vilas. William Vilas was a Vermont Yankee of English descent who moved to Wisconsin as part of a wave of "Yankee" migrants from New England who were instrumental in the founding of the state, and he served as Senator for Wisconsin in the United States Senate from 1891 to 1897. The earliest inhabitants of Vilas County were members of the Chippewa band of Native Americans; the first recorded white settler was a man named Ashman who established a trading post in Lac du Flambeau in 1818. In the 1850s migrants from New England, primarily from Vermont and Connecticut, constructed a number of wagon roads and trails through Vilas County including the Ontonogan Mail Trail and a Military Road from Fort Howard to Fort Wilkins in Copper Harbor, Michigan.[1]

Logging era

Logging began in the late 1850s. Loggers came from Cortland County, New York, Carroll County, New Hampshire, Orange County, Vermont and Down East Maine in what is now Washington County, Maine and Hancock County, Maine. These were "Yankee" migrants, that is to say they were descended from the English Puritans who had settled New England during the 1600s. Many dams were built throughout the county to assist loggers as they sent their timber downstream to the lumber and paper mills in the Wisconsin River valley.[1] After the county was founded in 1893 and logging ceased to be the primary industry in the area, migrants seeking other forms of employment settled in the county. These later immigrants primarily came from Germany, Ireland and Poland though some came from other parts of the United States.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1889 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1893 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1893 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1893 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1900 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1900 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1900 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1910 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1900 4,929
1910 6,019
1920 5,649
1930 7,294
1940 8,894
1950 9,363
1960 9,332
1970 10,958
1980 16,535
1990 17,707

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