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Unity, Wisconsin centennial
(1872-1972)

The dawn of Unity,   pp. 2-10


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ter in the one-room home with the Creed family. It was a difficult task to keep
the youngster's stockings and shoes and other clothing separated. It wasn't only
a simple matter of family difficulties but that of several families combined.
It was quite a common occurrence to awaken early in the morning and find In-
dians sleeping on the narrow floor space that was vacant in spite of the occu-
pancy of these three families.
During that same fall of 1872, Mr. A. C. Stirling from Stevens Point came
here to settle and start a business. He built a house and store in connection di-
rectly back of the Creed house. The store was a very small one the chief sup-
plies being tobacco and whiskey. This being a more appropriate place. he took
over the responsibility of having the post of'ice in the forepart of his store.
It then received better organization and naturally had to have a name. Up to this
time no one of these settlers could have said where they were living as they did
not know. Mrs. Creed was given the honor of naming the newly settled com-
munity. She suggested Maple Grove, Wisconsin, which was sent to Washington,
D. C. Reports were sent back of another Maple Grove in this state. A second
choice was then made. Because of the unification of the small group already
stationed here, Mrs. Creed decided Unity a very desirable name. This in turn
was sent to Washington and became the permanent choice.
In 1873 the third son was born to the Creeds and was named Homer. He was
the first white child born in Unity.
Early in the spring of '73 conditions looked very promising in this newly
settled community and more and more people settled here. Mr. J. D. Spaulding
of Black River Falls no doubt heard about the prospects of the country. He was
then interested in construction of a sawmill for the purpose of profitable clear-
ing of the oversupply of timber and making way for more extensive settling.
A scene from an early logging camp. The man in white was the cook, Mr. Chris Nelson.


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