Phillips' Early History
Phillips began as a small station of the Wisconsin Central Railroad, established on the banks of Elk Lake. The settlement was platted on September 23, 1876 and named in honor of the General Manager of the railroad. It quickly became the headquarters for supplying the surrounding logging camps with supplies.
The first settlers in Phillips were:
The first Post
Office was established in September, 1876 and the postmaster was Edward H.
The first religious services were ministered by Reverend Henry Galloway from the Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford in 1876.
May 20, 1877 a disastrous fire consumed all but seven buildings in the
new settlement, but the industrious residents quickly rebuilt.
May 20, 1877 a disastrous fire consumed all but seven buildings in the new settlement, but the industrious residents quickly rebuilt.
The first school in
the County was established in Phillips on June 11, 1877
with Miss Hannah Widdell the first teacher and C. H. Roser the first
president of the school district. A second schoolhouse was established in
1884 with W. F. Owen it's principle.
with Miss Hannah Widdell the first teacher and C. H. Roser the first president of the school district. A second schoolhouse was established in 1884 with W. F. Owen it's principle.
The settlement's first newspaper was the "Times" and began publication in January 1877 by W. F. Sackett. It was a weekly newspaper with democratic principles. The "Badger" was first published on July 5, 1881 by Charles H. Darlington. This paper was also a weekly publication but held a 'republican' point of view. The "Bee" began in 1884 by George Osterman and is still published today. It originally held a republican view point and became the official paper for the County.
In March of 1879 Phillips became the County Seat and in 1882 the only manufacturing industry incorporated as the the Phillips Lumber Company. It employed about 400 men.
An opera house was established in 1885 by the gentlemen Sackett, Sullivan and Bartoe.
The settlement continued to grow and on April 10, 1891 it was incorporated as the City of Phillips. The first Mayor was B. W. Davis; W. H. Wilson was the City Clerk; C. C. Kelleher was the City's Treasurer; T. J. Meredith was the City Assessor and F. W. Sackett was the Police Justice.
By 1891 the City of Phillips was progressing and growing with the Nation and the residents and business in the city had electric lights.
For more information about the history of Phillips: Link: History of Phillips, WI
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