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"The Marshfield Story, 1872-1997: Piecing Together Our Past"


Interesting Fact:

The Marshfield fire started in the factory owned by William Upham, a future governor of Wisconsin, who was elected in 1894.


Study Questions:

  • What caused the 1887 Marshfield fire?
  • What other Wisconsin cities had major fires during the nineteenth century?
  • What were the major businesses in Marshfield in 1887? What are they today?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Marshfield:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on June 27:

    1847: New York and Boston are linked by telephone wires.
    1957: Hurricane Audrey kills more than 500 people in Louisiana and Texas.



  • June 27

    June 27, 1887: Marshfield was nearly destroyed by fire. Property loss was over $3 million.

    Marshfield Times, July 1, 1887


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