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SURING SCHOOL DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY
1979
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.HISTORY OF MOUNTAIN
Logging pine was a chief industry in northern Wisconsin during its early days of settlement. After all the forests along the bag area near Oconto had been logged off, the loggers were forced to move farther inland to find new forest areas to cut.
Stopping-off places built up along the rivers. Here little communities developed to serve the needs of the early logging industry. It was at one of these stopping off places that the community of Mountain had its beginning.
Although Mountain had its geological genesis in the pre-Cambrian age, it was not really born until an enterprising pioneer, Tom McAllan, settled there about a mile west of the present community on the North Branch of the Oconto River. The year was 1877, just 20 years before the coming of the railroad. This stopping place was commonly called "Jab Switch" and it was here that the teams were kept for hauling supplies to hungry loggers and the "river hogs" working in the woods.
New settlers were welcomed and the settlement was on its way to becoming a permanent community. In 1884 James Hines, a Civil War veteran, settled nearby. The
next year, Fred Bartz arrived living in an abandoned 1" camp which had been used for a school house. Along with McAllan's six children, the population continued to grow. McAllan's first child, Alice was the first white child born in Mountain.
It was inevitable that Mountain would develop into a lumbering town as it was situated amid some of Wisconsin's finest forest land. As the young lumberjacks arrived, Mountain continued to grow. By 1884 the first school house was erected. Built of logs, it was graced with a cupola and a shining bell.
Harry Baldwin, who worked a store in Maple Valley, heard of the lumbering potentials in Mountain. He traveled to the area in 1889 by stagecoach. That year he opened a store along the stagecoach line and did a rushing business selling supplies to the big lumbering companies ofHoltandGilkey.
The store became the social center of town, with town folk setting around the big stove and exchanging news. Store hours were from 7 A.M. to 9 P.M., seven days a week. The Baldwin store sold clothing and necessities to the men on their way to the logging camps. Many loggers slept on the floor of the store for a night.
Tabor Lutheran Church on April 9. 1909. This group had gathered together to honor the confirmation of the group sitting in the lower right hand corner. The confirmation class included Nels Stromberg, Anna Coleman Saffran. Clara Lundquist, Annie Stromberg, Christina Johnson and Hildred Asplund. The pastor was Eric Bowman who came from Peshtigo.
The site of the store led to the locality of the town. At this time Harry Baldwin donated land for the Tabor Lutheran church which was completed in 1908. In 1897 a new school was built in the residential area. The old building was sold to the Modern Woodman's Association. All this depended on the stage coach line running through the center of this new settlement. Beautiful homes began to rise west of the business seciton, and were so fine in structure the road became known as "Wall Street".
The owners of some of these homes were Harry Baldwin, Thomas Rasmussen, Sever Anderson, Albert Bartz and Walter Kingston.
The residential area of Mountain in the early 1900's. Named "Wall Street" because of the many fine homes constructed there, it is now County Trunk W.