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The Wisconsin Historical Records Survey
"To bring together the records of the past and
to house them in buildings where they will be preserved for the use of men living in the future, a ration must believe in three things. It must believe in the past.
It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its people so to learn from
the past that they can gain in judgment for the creation
of the future."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Wisconsin Historical Records Survey, under the National direction of Sargent B. Child, is engaged in a Nation-wide survey of the records of State and local governmental units. This work was initiated in January 1936 as a part of the Federal Writers Project of the Work Progress Administration (title changed to Work Projects Administration on July 1, 1939). In Wisconsin the project began operation in February 1936 and on July 1, the present supervisor was appointed. In August 1936 the Survey became an independent part of Federal Project No. 1. Since September 1939 the Survey in Wisconsin has been a State-wide project sponsored by the University of Wisconsin and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
The objective of the Survey in Wisconsin has been the preparation of completo inventories of the records of the State offices, of county, city, and other local governmental units, of church records, of American imprints and newspapers, and of manuscript depositories and collections.
Since the purpose of the project is to provide inventories and guides listing the basic materials available for research in American history, we are preparing inventories of the town archives in Wisconsin. This publication showing the Development of Town Boundaries in Wisconsin, Chippewa County, is a part of the Inventory of Town Archives for that county. Because many people feel that this publication will be useful to a much larger group than the general inventory of town archives, we are publishing it as a part of a series of pamphlets showing the development of town boundaries in Wisconsin.
In this publication we have traced the development or change of town boundaries in Chippewa County from the time the first town was established in 1853 down to the present date. We show on the left-hand, odd-numbered pages, the action of the State Legislature or the County Board of Supervisors taken regarding town boundaries. On the right-hand, even-numbered pages, we show the change in graphic form. For example, on page #7, wo quote the first reference from the Wisconsin Laws that we could find that set up a town in Chippewa County. This law is quoted on the left-hand parc and facing it on the right-hand page is a map showing all of Chippewa County as it existed at that time making up the town of Chippewa. Thus we trace the changes in the town boundaries from 1653, when the whole county constituted one town, to
the present time when the county is divided into 23 towns. The county maps that we have prepared will of necessity show the changes of the county boundaries of Chippewa County as they were made from year to year. The first three maps in the publication show only county boundaries and all the county boundary maps shown thereafter are combined with the township maps.
The present Chippewa County situated in the west central part of the State on the Chippewa River dates from 1845 and should not be confused with the county of the same name organized in the Michigan territory which was located north of the present county and included portions of present day Ashland, Bay field, and Iron Counties. In 1336, when Wisconsin territory was organized, this old Chippewa County territory was restricted to the State of Michigan. Neither does the Chippewa territory, proposed by Judge James Duane Doty in 1826, have any connection with the presont Chippewa County.