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Early history of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
(1965)

Village of Fredonia,   p. 93


Page 93

VILLAGE OF FREDONIA
This village was born in the year 1872 when t
and Northwestern Railroad decided to skip Waubeka
route,and so Fredonia Station came into being and
village. In 1874 C.F. Cooley and John J. Race of
saw and turning mill here. This was run by a 50 1
did a $25,000 business per year. Grain warehouse.
lumber yard were established by Durham and Wigda
tion, A. Putnam. In 1890 C.H. Witt and Charles E,
which eventually became part of the Froedert Bros,
present Neuns Lumber Company is an outgrowth of ti
mill. The other industries presently in Fredonia
20th century. It is interesting to know,       er,
was founded by nephews of John Gilson of Port Was)
his foundry there in 1850 and it was continued by
family for 112 years. Michael and John Gilson wh(
foundry were born in Luxembourg and came to this 4
working first for their Uncle John. They were in
briefly in West Bend and in Kewaskum before start:
1910. One of their early specialties which they
Ozaukee  Chief Corn Husker."


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