• Waumandee

    The Waumandee country was first settled in 1853 by Henry Mueller and Mathias Profitlitch. A short time later Theodore Meuli settled in the Big Waumandee Valley. In 1854 came Ulich Knecht, J. H. Manz, and probably John Bringolf. Robert Henry came here that year, and then returned to Racine for his family, which be brought here the following spring, making the trip here with an ox team and a covered wagon.

     

    At the first election Robert Henry was elected chairman and town superintendent, and Levi Card town clerk. At that time there was no mill in operation in this valley or neighborhood and the earliest settlers were obliged to go to Rollingstone to get their grain reduced to flour. That they had to get groceries and other necesssary things in Fountain City or Alma was a matter of course. In 1862 Caspar Schmitz and his wife came to the Big Waumandee and began to keep store and saloon near the Catholic Church. The organization of the town was begun by a resolution of the county board March 13 1856 and about 1870-1880 could boast to two stores, two taverns and several blacksmith shops in different parts of the township.

    Waumandee post office was established in 1857 with J. H. Manz as postmaster. Waumandee village was platted June 27 1871. Anchorage post office was established February 12, 1868 with Robert Henry as postmaster.
    (History of Buffalo and Pepin Counties Wisconsin, Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, 1919)