Irish Immigration to Iowa County, Wisconsin

Irish Immigration to Iowa County, Wisconsin

Historically, the Irish-born population in Wisconsin was mostly concentrated in the southern third of the state, south and east of line running roughly from Crawford County to Outagamie County. We explore what brought the Irish to Wisconsin in this article, with interviews, about the Irish in Iowa County.

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Ridgeway, Wisconsin farm witnesses 116 years of Wisconsin highway changes

Ridgeway, Wisconsin farm witnesses 116 years of Wisconsin highway changes

The story of my cousin’s fourth-generation Iowa County farm is also the story of a highway. In Wayne’s lifetime, the highway has gone from a narrow expanse of crushed gravel to a two-lane cement road to a four-lane divided highway that now bypasses the small towns it once wound through. For the past 116 years, from their front yard, the Paulls have watched the changes.

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Linden School, Iowa County, Wisconsin

Linden School, Iowa County, Wisconsin

My grandmother, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Stephens, the inspiration for Mary O’Shaughnessy in my O’Shaughnessy Chronicles novels, graduated from Linden High School, in Linden, Wisconsin, in 1893. She then taught there for five years. Linden School was built in 1882. It was the only school in town, serving all grades. When it burned in 1913, it was replaced by a brick school that stood until 1996.

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