1841
  • Lockwood and Allen sell the Wilson Creek mill to James Green.

  • Unsuccessful attempt to build a first dam across the Menomonee (Red Cedar) River by a Mr. Pearson.


1842


  • James Green turns over deed to Wilson Creek mill to William Black.


1844


  • William Black dies while delivering a raft of lumber at Keokuk, Iowa. A relative, David Black, is appointed administrator of the estate and acquires title to the mill.

  • First murder in the Chippewa Valley occurs when a man is shot in Menomonie Mills.


1846


  • On June 10 David Black conveys a half-interest in the mill to John Holly Knapp for $2,000. This new operation would be known as Black & Knapp Mill. David Black dies within weeks of the transaction. William Wilson becomes a co-owner and establishes his home here with his family. Others moving their families here include Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Bullard, Mr. and heirs. John Vale, and Mr. and Mrs. Jason Ball.


1849


  • Territorial road extending from Prairie du Chien to Hudson reaches Menomonie Mills.

  • First post office in the area established at the Gilbert Creek mill, Samuel Gilbert appointed postmaster. Prior to this date the past office serving the area was located at Prairie du Chien. Gilbert's mill also served as a stagecoach stop on the route from Black River Falls to St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota.




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