1880
  • Omaha Railroad, successor to the West Wisconsin line, completes spur line from the Junction to a depot on West Wilson Avenue.

  • Addition built on to the Union/Central School. There are now 100 students in the high school and 600 students enrolled in the four elementary schools.

  • First major fire destroys the S.B. French block in the 300 block on south side of Main Street.

  • Major flood in early June carries away the dam on Wilson Creek and threatens the Knapp, Stout booms on the log reservoir.

  • First services held in the new First Congregational Church building on southwest corner of Fifth Street and Wilson Avenue.


1881


  • After fire destroys store and bank, Samuel French builds brick bank building on southeast corner of Main and Third Streets. Financial reverses force him to sell his bank to Andrew Tainter and his son, Louis. After Andrew Tainter's death in 1899, Louis continued to run the bank until 1903.

  • Population of the village now 3,500.


1882


  • City of Menomonie incorporated.

  • O. K. Ranum opens telephone company system for the city in his drug store on Main Street.

  • Kelly & Drowley Brickyard incorporated as the Dunn County Pressed Brick Company.


1883


  • First electric lights are installed in the mills.

  • F. J. McLean's bank becomes First National Bank.

  • Ludington Guard cavalry unit becomes Company H, an infantry unit of the Wisconsin National Guard.

  • William Evans Post of the Grand Army of the Republic (Civil War veterans) organized on January 6.


1884


  • Fire demolishes Grob's Hall, the city's first "theater," and the adjacent Merchant's Hotel.


1885


  • City water works extended, 110 fire hydrants installed.

  • Volunteer fire department organized, Thomas A. McNevin fire chief.

  • The Wisconsin Red Pressed Brick Co is incorporated.

  • The Royal Hotel (the Marion Hotel in later years) built by the Menomonie Hotel Company.

  • New Roman Catholic Church dedicated.


1886


  • First fair of a revitalized Agricultural Society held on its 50-acre fair grounds on the city's east side.

  • Mabel Tainter dies at age 19 on June 10.

  • Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church opens its parochial school.


1887


  • In December a weekly German language newspaper, the Menomonie Nordstern, begins publication.


1888


  • John Holly Knapp dies.

  • On January 21 the temperature drops to 54 degrees below zero to become the coldest day on record.

  • The Standard Pressed Brick Company is organized.

  • A temperance newspaper, the Dunn County Herald, begins publication.


1889


  • James H. Stout, son of Henry, comes to join the Knapp, Stout and Co., Company in Menomonie.





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