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A Historical Timeline
Historical notes of dates and events significant in the development of
the Town of McMillan are listed below. Much of the information is drawn
from minutes of the township and area publications.
1871- The Peshtigo and Chicago fires occurred.
1872- Marshfield was first settled.
1874- The McMillan Brothers build their saw mill three miles north of
Marshfield on the Little Eau Pleine River.
1879- Schooling became compulsory in Wisconsin for children 7 to 12 for
a period of 12 weeks a year.
1882- The congregation that is now St. Peter’s Lutheran Church built
its first log church.
1883- City of Marshfield was incorporated
1887- The Marshfield fire occurred.
1888- The township of McMillan was chartered.
1889- The first township taxes were levied
1891- School districts were formed.
1893- A town hall was built.
1893- The village of McMillan was incorporated. (Located in sec.17 and
1894- St. Peter’s Lutheran Church built a new frame building.
1904- An iron bridge was built over the Little Eau Pleine River. (Galvin
Avenue) The cost was $995 and a loan was taken at 5%.
1916- The Marshfield Clinic was formed.
1919- The town board went on record against moving the clock ahead one
hour ( Daylight Savings Time) as it was felt to be a detriment to all
1925- The village of McMillan was dissolved.
1927- A motion was made to open town roads at the first snow fall.
1929- The great depression began.
1936- The town built a tractor shed.
1941- Wages were set for the motor patrol grader operator at .35 an hour.
1944- Leonard McGivern was hired at .60 an hour to operate the cat plow
and little tractor.
1950- The town board entered into an agreement with Marshfield Rural Fire
Department for fire assistance.
1952- The town purchased a 1951 4WD Oshkosh plow truck with wing . (One
of the largest pieces of snow removal equipment in the area.)
1954- Channel 7, the Wausau TV station, began broadcasting.
1960- The Town of McMillan adopted village powers.
1962- A new bridge was constructed over the Little Eau Pleine River (Galvin)
1967- The town entered into an agreement with Marshfield for ambulance
The first zoning commission members were appointed.
1968- Fire numbers were assigned to all dwellings. The town first used
liquid chloride on roads.
1972- The Township of McMillan adopted county zoning.
1974- The annual meeting time was moved to the evening hours.
1975- A new town hall was built for a cost of $22,014.
1976- The new town hall and ball park were dedicated.
1979- A new highway garage was built for a bid of $48,954.
1980- Richard Scheuer was elected town clerk
1982- The McMillan Volunteer Fire Department under the command of David
Larson was reorganized. A tanker truck was purchased for the McMillan
1984- A movement arose to plan orderly development of the township.
1985- A plan commission was established.
1986- A blacktop committee was established. McMillan’s first Comprehensive
Plan was developed.
1987- The town board rejected plans to blacktop town roads.
1988- The Town of McMillan celebrated its centennial.
1989- The Town of McMillan fire department held its first fall festival.
The Town of McMillan residents voted to establish a 5 person board.
1990- Fire department purchases a new Chevy tanker truck
1990- The fire department bought its first pumper fire truck, a 1964 La
1993- Computerized records were introduced in McMillan .
1994- McMillan started its blacktopping program with Saint Joseph’s
1995- A new fire station was constructed for $350,000.
1995- Louise Greenlaw replaced Richard Scheuer as town clerk.
1997- The McMillan comprehensive plan was updated / revised.
1998- The fire department took delivery on a new Pierce Pumper fire truck.
Residents of McMillan pass a referendum authorizing an appointed clerk
/ treasurer position.
1998- The McMillan Town Hall was remodeled and town office developed.
1999- Donna Siltala was appointed as the McMillan clerk/treasurer.
Residents were able to get the state law changed authorizing McMillan
to withdraw from the Marathon County Library System and join the Marshfield
1999- The Town of McMillan and the City of Marshfield began the process
of creating a boundary agreement.
2000- The Town of McMillan Volunteer Fire Department withdrew from the
Marshfield Rural Fire Association.
2002- The township was hit with record flooding. On June 22, 10-12 inches
of rain fell in the area doing over ½ million dollars in road damage
The township began the comprehensive planning process using consultants
hired by Marathon County to meet requirements of 66.1001, State Comprehensive
Planning legislation (AKA “ Smart Growth”)
2003- The town exceeded the five year blacktopping plan.
Final approval was given by the Department of Administration for the boundary
agreement between the town and the City of Marshfield..
2004- The town board developed a new 10 year plan for the township.
2005- The town of McMillan launched a website. The fire department took
delivery of a new state-of-the-art tanker truck.
Modern Marathon County and the
Town of McMillan
Facts About Marathon County
Marathon County is in the exact center of the northern ½ of the
Marathon County was established in 1850. Wisconsin had become the 30th
state in the union in 1848. At the time it was mostly forested and most
of its 500 inhabitants made a living from the rich timber resources. It
is the largest of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, covering 1,584 square
miles with a population of 128,823 on the 2000 census .There are 42 townships
in Marathon County. The county seat is in the city of Wausau. (The name
Wausau is from the Chippewa meaning “Far away”)
If you call the Marathon County courthouse switchboard
at 715-261-1000, they are capable of connecting you to any county department
or agency. Office hours are 8:00 A.M. to 5 P.M. (closed weekends). Visit
the Marathon County web site at www.co.marathon.wi.us.
Marathon County is one of the top ranked dairy producing
counties in the state. Wisconsin is traditionally first in milk and cheese
production in the nation. Over 1/3 of the land mass in Marathon County
is still forest land. Most woodland is in 30 to 40 acre tracts attached
to individual farms. Approximately 20,000 acres in the county has been
permanently set aside in county forest land for forestry, wildlife habitat,
and recreation purposes.
Recreational opportunities include16 county parks with
many picnic and recreational areas. The closest parks to McMillan are
Big Rapids Park north of Stratford off Highway 97 and Cherokee ark east
of the intersection of County Highways F and N (west of Colby.) The largest
county park is Big Eau Pleine Park east of Stratford on Highway 153 (Just
east of the intersection with County Highway 107, then south). There are
48 miles of county funded cross country ski trails, the best known are
at the 9 Mile County Recreational Area which has 17 miles of trails with
a warming house. There are nearly 800 miles of groomed snowmobile trails
in Marathon County funded and maintained (without tax dollars) from snowmobile
registration fees and through the efforts of snowmobile club volunteers.
Marathon County has a total of 3,189 miles of highways
of which 275 miles are state trunks, 616 miles are county highways and
2,298 miles are town roads .
Facts About the Township of McMillan
The town of McMillan is in District 27 for the Marathon County Board of
Supervisors. The township’s location designation is T 26 N - R3
E. McMillan is almost six miles square, stretching north from the city
limits of Marshfield and McMillan Street to within one mile of the village
of Stratford at Eau Pleine Road. McMillan extends east from Lincoln Avenue
to Day Road in the southern half of McMillan and to Highway 97 north of
Rendezvous Corners. ( ½ mile south of eastbound Highway C toward
Townships were established with 36 sections ( 640 acres
per section.) or 23,040 acres. We have lost 140 acres to the City of Marshfield
by annexation. Sections are numbered starting from the northeast corner
of McMillan at the intersection of Highway 97 and Eau Pleine Road, one
mile south of Stratford. The numbers progress to the west and then back
to the east. Sections 31,32,33, are the sections next to the city of Marshfield.
These section identifications are used when describing the locations of
The McMillan Wildlife Area is made up of 2,224.8 acres,
covering parts of sections 7, 18, 19 and 30. There are hiking and biking
trails located throughout the marsh. The public may access the area at
parking lots off of Mann Road and Marsh Road. (See more information under
Frequently Asked Questions.)
The Town of McMillan has a playground and park adjacent
to the town hall. A ball diamond and recreational facilities are available.
This area is open daylight to dark. Residents may reserve the pavilion
for private functions by contacting the town clerk.
Since 1970 the population of the town has grown rapidly.
We are the second largest community in Marathon County, west of the metropolitan
area of Wausau. (We are second only to the Village of Spencer.)
The Town of McMillan had an assessed valuation in 2004
of $126,208,500. The township has one full time and one part time highway
department employee. It also has a full time clerk/treasure. The town
board, comprised of a chairman and four supervisors, is elected by the
voters and serves two year terms. The town is served by a volunteer fire
McMillan has over 53 miles of town roads of which about
13 miles have been blacktopped. In addition chip sealing has been used
on other roads mostly in subdivisions. (Chip seal is a mixture of crushed
blacktop, small stones, and a sealer.) State Highway 97 traverses the
town progressing northeast from Marshfield and then north through the
town to Stratford. County Highways T and E run north and south through
the town and County Highway C crosses east and west through the northern
part of McMillan.