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Histories:  Trempealeau Co. Historical Accounts:

"History of Trempealeau County Wisconsin, 1917":

Chapter 10:

North Creek Valley

-As transcribed from pages 176 - 177


North Creek Valley lies wholly in the town of Arcadia and has its head in section 16, township 21, range 8, running southwesterly to the Trempealeau River in section 28, township 21, range 9, a distance of five and a half miles.  The valley may be said to be embraced in sections 16, 17, 19 and 20 in 21-9, and sections 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 in 21-9.  The name came to be applied in this way:  In the early pioneer days the valley was north from the Bishop settlement and hence was called North Creek.  Its very first settlers were Polish families - those of Albert Bautsch, Joseph Stanoskey, and a man named Weaver, who settled there in 1867, and who were soon followed by Louis Wojczik and others in 1868, 1869 and 1870.  Thereafter, up to 1875, Polish families continued to come in and the valley became the very first Polish settlement north of the ridge in the county.  It has remained a settlement of these families and those of their nationality, industrious people, patriotic and intensely American.

The public school was built on the north half of the northeast quarter of 26-21-9, and a church was built nearby on the south half of said quarter.  It has remained a place of public worship since and a cemetery was at the same time located near the church.

The valley has good soil and its people have made substantial progress in all matters of farm improvements, homes and outbuildings, horses, stock and diversified farming, and rank among the best farmers in the county.  The young people who were born there and have grown up in the valley are among the best people in the county, and are so Americanized that they may be said to be real "Yankees" in language, dress and the usual characteristics of our people.


(By Stephen Richmond.)




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