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Wisconsin History Timeline

1800's continued
  • (1856) Margarethe Meyer Schurz opened first kindergarten in U. S. at Watertown 
  • (1861 - 1865) Civil War; over 90,000 men from Wisconsin served in Union forces; 12,216 died 
  • (1862) Governor Louis Harvey drowned 
  • (1864) Cheese factory started at Ladoga in Fond du Lac County 
  • (1868) C. L. Sholes patented typewriter 
  • (1871) Forest fire devastated Peshtigo area, over 1,200 died 
  • (1875) Oshkosh nearly destroyed by fire 
  • (1877) John T. Appleby received a patent for a knotter for twine binders 
  • (1883) Newhall House (Hotel) fire in Milwaukee killed 71; south wing of Capitol extension collapsed 
  • (1886) Workers in Bay View struck for eight-hour work day; five died after confrontations with militia 
  • (1887) Marshfield nearly destroyed by fire 
  • (1889) Bennett Law enacted, required classroom instruction to be in English; Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled reading and prayers from King James Bible in public schools was prohibited 
  • (1891) Bennett Law repealed after intense disagreements with German Protestants and Catholics 
  • (1899) Lumber boom in northern Wisconsin, 3.4 billion board feet harvested in one year; Antipass law enacted prohibiting railroads from giving free rides to public officials; tornado struck New Richmond, killed 117, injured 125, village nearly destroyed 
1900's
  • (1900) Census Bureau reported seven of ten Wisconsin residents were born in a foreign country or had parents born abroad 
  • (1901) First Wisconsin-born Governor, Robert M. LaFollette, inaugurated 
  • (1904) State Capitol burned 
  • (1911) John Schwister of Wausau, flew first home-built airplane in the state 
  • (1913) Workmen's Compensation Act enacted 
  • (1917) Many African-Americans moved to Wisconsin cities of Racine, Beloit, Milwaukee from rural South; U. S. entered World War I; 120,000 soldiers from Wisconsin served, nearly 4,000 died 
  • (1919) Wisconsin Legislature ratified nineteenth amendment (women's suffrage); became first state to deliver ratification to Congress; E. L. "Curly" Lambeau started Green Pay Packers football team

Wisconsin Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Friendship Adams 608
Ashland Ashland 715
Rice Lake Barron 715
Washburn Bayfield 715
Green Bay Brown 920
Mondovi Buffalo 715
Grantsburg Burnett 715
Chilton Calumet 920
Chippewa Falls Chippewa 715
Neillsville Clark 715
Portage Columbia 608
Prairie du Chien Crawford 608
Madison Dane 608
Beaver Dam Dodge 920
Sturgeon Bay Door 920
Superior Douglas 715
Menomonie Dunn 715
Eau Claire Eau Claire 715
Florence Florence 715
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac 920
Crandon Forest 715
Platteville Grant 608
Monroe Green 608
Berlin Green Lake 920
Dodgeville Iowa 608
Hurley Iron 715
Black River Falls Jackson 715
Watertown Jefferson 920
Mauston Juneau 608
Kenosha Kenosha 262
Luxemburg Kewaunee 920
La Crosse La Crosse 608
Darlington Lafayette 608
Antigo Langlade 715
Merrill Lincoln 715
Manitowoc Manitowoc 920
Wausau Marathon 715
Marinette Marinette 715
Montello Marquette 608
Keshena Menominee 715
Milwaukee Milwaukee 414
Sparta Monroe 608
Oconto Oconto 920
Rhinelander Oneida 715
Appleton Outagamie 920
Mequon Ozaukee 262
Durand Pepin 715
River Falls Pierce 715
Amery Polk 715
Stevens Point Portage 715
Phillips Price 715
Racine Racine 262
Richland Center Richland 608
Janesville Rock 608
Ladysmith Rusk 715
Hudson Saint Croix 715
Baraboo Sauk 608
Hayward Sawyer 715
Shawano Shawano 715
Sheboygan Sheboygan 920
Medford Taylor 715
Arcadia Trempealeau 608
Viroqua Vernon 608
Eagle River Vilas 715
Whitewater Walworth 262
Spooner Washburn 715
West Bend Washington 262
Waukesha Waukesha 262
Waupaca Waupaca 715
Wautoma Waushara 920
Oshkosh Winnebago 920
Wisconsin Rapids Wood 715
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.