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Unity, Wisconsin centennial
(1872-1972)

The dawn of Unity,   pp. 2-10


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Through his devoted efforts Mr. Spaulding succeeded in getting enough men to
organize the mill. He built a small store to provide his men with supplies. The
material need for his mill was brought here partly by horses and the rest by
train as the track'had been completed as far as the Little Eau Pleine bridge south
of the village.
After the mill had been in operation a short time, Mr. S. Reynolds, also of
Black River Falls, heard of the splendid opportunities here and was very much
interested in its further development. He immediately journeyed to Unity and made
arrangements to go into partnership with Mr. Spaulding. Because of the combined
cooperation in the progress of the community and activities in the mill in general,
the settlement grew quite rapidly.
More and more laborers were necessary to work in this mill and consequently
an extensive farming region was organized as well as the further development
of the village. We may definitely locate the Spaulding-Reynolds sawmill west of
the track near the Little Eau Pleine River. The vacant street extending north
was once occupied by numerous houses of the mill workers.
The southernmost section of our community was inhabited first due to the
favorable location for the mill. To accommodate the mill workers a boarding
house and hotel had to be constructed. This was taken care of by the building of
the same near the place we know today as the Redwood Club. A grocery store
located on the west side of the tracks, near the hotel was also put up by the sawmill
partners. The chief supplies in this store consisted of tobacco, whiskey, candy,
nuts, as well as the few necessary groceries. The post office was now located
in this building.
Up to a short time previous, the only streets or roads available, were the
well trodden wagon tracks.  Now the mill had made it possible to construct fa-
vorable roads with sawdust and corduroy. Many of these roads were built by Joe
Greenwood, an early settler. He had a team of mules which was much tougher than
horses and could stand the hard work better. After the streets were improved
the population naturally increased and the people became quite prosperous.
All in all, those who heard of this new and flourishing colony were interested
in its affairs and progress. A Doctor Wells who had heard of the existing con-
dition, decided that this was a most desirable location for his practice. He there-
fore set up his office a little farther north of the aforesaid buildings in the east
ward of the village.
This settlement had developed considerably in the two years of its existence
and children were growing up and needed to be sent to school. These colonists
hit upon the plan of erecting a school in their midst. Due to the persistent work of
unskilled carpenters, they succeeded in raising a little one-room log schoolhouse
in the year of 1874. Such was sufficient to accommodate the few children in at-
tendance. Mr. H. L. Jacobitz received the untold honor of being the first teacher
in the new school. As the main part of the community was formerly farther south
that we know it today, the school was located there, namely on the easternmost
section of the Creed homestead. The youngsters were quite enthused about the
idea of having a school and were eager to learn about the work they were to take
up. Mr. Jacobitz labored very hard to organize the small groups of students to get
them adapted to the new conditions. His succssor, Mary Eastman, was equally as
successful in her teaching abilities. The third instructor was Mr. J. J. Austin
and he too was intensely interested in his eager group and he planned an addition
to the schoolhouse. He thus started and effectively carried out the two-room
system. This divided the older and younger groups. The four lower grades occu-


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