HUSTLER

Settled:  early 1870's
First Settlers:
Origin of Name: The post office sent a list of names to the community in order to let the villagers choose one.   Hustler was not on the list and the villagers inserted it themselves and the post office accepted the name.
First Town Chairman:  
source: Juneau County, The First Hundred Years, published 1988


A Brief History of Hustler, Wisconsin
contributed by Claire Ness

       As soon as the Omaha Railroad built from Camp Douglas through Hustler, which was in the 1870's, Hustler came into being.  To begin with the only building was a freight platform and a railroad siding.  The village was platted in 1894.  It was incorporated November 14, 1913
       On December 16, 1913, the first officers were elected.  They were as follows:
                                                                 President:  A. L. Konst
                                                                 Clerk:  W. W. Smith
                                                                 Treasurer:  W. F. Talg
                                                                 Trustees:  O. H. Olson, T. J. Thompson, Wm. Lahm,
                                                                                 G. A. Schroeder, J. D. Bolton and George Higgs

         By 1903 there were two general stores, two saloons, a hardware store, a cheese factory and a blacksmith shop, but, also in 1903 a fire occurred which destroyed most of the business district.  By 1914 Hustler was very much back in business with several more businesses established, including a bank, livery stable, feedmill, opera house, hotel, physician, lumberyard, meat market and railroad express and telegraph agent.  By 1931 there were 3 gas stations, a big garage and car sales, another hotel, more saloons, two churches and a school house.
         The population of Huster never got over 200, but, most of the business and residents worked together and have kep the little village going.  Every year since the 1930's Hustler has held a "Hustler Fest" which brings in people from far near.  In the last years Hustler has had tractor pulls which has been very popular.  We can't forget the chicken barbecue which is on Sunday noon.  It is cooked over charcoal by expert volunteers.
         In the last few years Hustler has gained several new homes and a bowling alley now operates in the building which was once the grade school.


Business District - 1880's
Eck Jewell - general store
Jerks and Kuekenhoff - saloon
Ranney and Whereatt - hardware store
Callahan and Avery - saloon
Lawton and Larson - blacksmith
H. M. Stickney - general store
G. A. Schroeder - creamery

List of Taxpayers in the Village of Hustler  dated December 1937
Albertson, Sam   -  $ 2.90
Antes, Joe  -  22.50
Anthony, Mrs. Wm.  -  49.54
Artz, Vincent  -  81.02
Barnharst, Mrs. Geo.  -  28.15
Barrett, Joe  -  75.19
Benson, Mrs. Bertha  -  16.83
Benson, Mrs. John  -  16.89
Blaschke, Oscar  -  59.33
Bogart, Mrs. Wm.  -  113.19
Bolton, J. D.  -  123.39
Braund, Merrick, Estate  -  26.22
Christmann Brewing Co.  -  31.73
Erickson, Edwin  -  7.58
Falk, Mrs. Aug. & G. Reglin  -  25.25
Fick, Mrs. Amanda  -  91.08
Finger, Herb  -  40.73
Fitch, Mrs. C. V.  -  40.02
Frohmader, Jess  -  34.06
Frohmader, Minnie  -  2.60
Gorham Bros  -  5.79
Gorham, M. M., Estate  -  41.67
Hall, Herb  -  46.58
Hall, Max  -  9.66
Halverson, Halver  -  29.50
Herrewig, L. H.  -  129.92
Hustler State Bank  -  153.03
Hustler Creamery Co.  -  240.66
Johnson, Mark  -  47.67
Johnson, Mrs. L. E.  -  4.13
Johnson, Silas Jr.  -  17.94
Kilmer, Chas.  -  30.20
Lauden, Wm.  -  239.46
Lee, Alvin  -  74.63
Martin, Emil, Estate  -  24.01
Martin, Herman  -  19.74
Martinson, Raymond  -  56.57
Mueller, J. H.  -  130.82
Mueller, Mrs. Clara  -  143.87
Mullowney, Jack  -  22.60
Norton, F. M. and Son  -  27.18
Norton, F. M.  -  47.27
Norton, Martin Estate  -  93.83
Parks, Elsie, Estate  -  3.59
Peckham, M. F., Estate  -  20.70
Peckham, S. R.  -  17.94
Peckham, Wesley  -  4.13
Pitel, A. J.  -  165.21
Reetz, Otto  -  35.32
Reisenauer, Leopold, Sr.  -  28.72
Schlagel, John Sr.  -  8.13
Schroeder, Alfred  -  58.84
Schucht, Fred St.  -  45.82
Senz, Mrs. John  -  21.22
Shorey, Chas.  -  88.77
Standard Oil Co.  -  9.11
Talg, W. F.  -  224.34
Talg, Mrs. W. F.  -  157.32
Teine, Ole  -  40.17
Tremain, Ben  -  179.74
Tremain, Claude  -  19.15
Tremain, Frank  -  2.90
Tremain, Mrs. Mabel  -  43.77
Trute, Herman  -  38.63
Vanhoosen, Geo.  -  54.64
Wadhams Oil Co.  -  17.39
Walker, Floyd  -  1.23
Wasenwitz, Fred  -  36.71
Winkler, Chas.  -  20.07

source: Juneau Co. newspaper


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