Long Lake, Florence County, Wisconsin

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Long Lake is a town in Florence County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 197 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated community of Long Lake is located in the town.



Long Lake has a rich history. In the early part of the 20th century logging predominated and there were many Scandinavian immigrants who made their home in Long Lake. One of them was John Erik Johnson who came with his family from Sweden in the 1880's. He was a founding father of Long Lake, served as the first Postmaster, the Town Clerk, and Justice of the Peace. He married a French Canadian woman, Margaret Celia Douyette in Breed, Wisconsin and moved his family to Long Lake early in their marriage. He and his wife ran one of the town's grocery stores. The Johnson General Store was located just south of the hotel. John and Margaret had 12 children. Three died in childhood and, although seven of their sons served in WWII, only one died in the war. William "Grubho" Johnson had received a Purple Heart before his death and received another posthumously after his death in Belgium, where he was buried at his parents' request.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.8 square miles (92.8 km²), of which, 34.0 square miles (88.0 km²) of it is land and 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²) of it (5.16%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 197 people, 91 households, and 62 families residing in the town. The population density was 5.8 people per square mile (2.2/km²). There were 296 housing units at an average density of 8.7/sq mi (3.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.45% White, 0.51% Native American, 0.51% Asian, and 2.54% from two or more races.

There were 91 households out of which 16.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 1.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.59.

In the town the population was spread out with 15.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 19.3% from 25 to 44, 35.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females there were 121.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $28,958. Males had a median income of $22,083 versus $17,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,818. About 10.9% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.5% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.


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