From Shawano County Centurawno 1853-1953:
The Town of Wittenberg was organized in the early part of 1881 and at
that time comprised the present townships of Wittenberg and Birnamwood,
and the villages therein.
The first town meeting was held April 23, 1881, when the following officers
were elected: Chairman, J. R. Cowles; Supervisors, J. F. Franklin and Richard
Oney (due to absence the town appointed Herman Meisner on Nov. 3, 1881);
Clerk, R. E. McConley (upon his resignation Wm. Wieland was appointed May
14, 1881); Assessor, J. S. Klovdahl; Treasurer, W. .T. Hagen; Constable,
J. G. Brunner; Justice of the Peace, Herman Meisner (appointed June 6,
At the same meeting, the following school districts were laid out: School
District No. 1—the Whitcomb School; No. 2—the Forest View School; No. 3—Village
of Wittenberg; No. 4— the Riverview School; (These districts in present
Town of Wittenberg); and Nos. 5, 6, and 7, now in the Town of Birnamwood.
The first church was Immanuel's Church, built in 1881, and now known
as the First Lutheran Church. Rev. E. J. Homme served as its pastor for
the first twenty years and gave the town its name of "Wittenberg."
In 1889 Birnamwood became a separate township.
The following are the names of the early settlers in the Town of Wittenberg:
G. Arnold, O. Aannonson, C. W. Beardsley, J. G. Brunner, Joseph Boreen,
J. Rice, R. E. McConley, P. Dahl, Ed Day, H. Erickson, J. F. Franklin,
H. G. Folkman, P. O. Fagemyr, H. F. Gralapp, Nels Gilbert, John A. Gunderson,
Anton Gunderson, John Grimstad, W. J. Hagen, O. N. Hagen, B. Jewson, John
S. Klovdahl, J. Lyons, C. Long, H. Meisner, W. Miller, A. J. Meyer, F.
Maas, Ole Madson, Wm. Nehls, Ole Nelson, John Olson, C. A. Porter, O. W.
Peace, H. Rew, W. Stevens, H. A. Sprague, Wm. Wieland, Thomas Westgord,
O. R. Wilson, Erick Anderson, J. W. Bishop, G. Bowker, Baumgartner, J.
R. Cowles, Raymond Curtis, S. Carlson, A. K. Dahl, S. Danielson, W. H.
Fuller, S. Falstad, A. B. Ferguson, Fleming, H. M. Gunderson, Andrew Gunderson,
Jacob Gunderson, Andrew Grimstad, A. Guhr, A. A. Heistad, H. Helgeson,
Frank Johnson, Wm. Kessell, H. Lawrence, Warren Long, G. W. Madson, C.
Miller, C. K. Mathieson, J. A. Miller, Edw. Nelson, Wm. Nueske, Richard
Oney, D. Odegord, F. E. Porter, Ridant, B. Roper, D. S. Stewart, D. Williams,
C. B. Walsh, H. Westgord, O. P. Westlund.
Brushing, clearing and building bees were often held when the neighbors
got together to help someone get something done quickly and usually wound
up with some amusement.
Information furnished by:
B. T. Gunderson, Clerk
Town of Wittenberg