Marshall, Dane County, Wisconsin

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Marshall is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States, along the Maunesha River. The population was 3,432 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.



In June 1837, Andrew Bird, Zenas Bird and Aaron Petrie began a settlement along the banks of the Maunesha River. In the fall of 1838, a fire destroyed the settlement. For more than a decade after that the area was known as Bird’s Ruins.[1][2] In 1849, Bird’s Ruins became Hanchettville to recognize Asahel Hanchett for luring several needed businesses to the village. [1] Railway officials located a depot of the new Milwaukee to Madison rail line in Hanchettville, and the village residents renamed Hanchettville to Howard City after one of the leading railway promoters. Howard City did not prosper, so Asahel Hanchett sold his land holdings to Madison real estate brokers William F. Porter and Samuel Marshall in 1860. This included the grist mill created by Ansel Hanchett in 1852[3] which Marshall renamed "Marshall's Roller Mill."[3][2]

The settlement was then renamed after Samuel Marshall in 1861.[3] Samuel Marshall founded Marshall & Ilsley Corporation (M&I) Bank in Madison in 1853. The Porter family moved from Madison to made their home in Marshall in 1860, and William F. Porter left in 1865 for Massachusetts, leaving his share of the property to his son William Henry Porter.[3] Marshall was officially incorporated as a village on January 24, 1905 and had a population of 467.[2] In 1908 the mill it was sold to the Blaschka family, and today it operates under its present name, the "Blaschka Milling Co." The mill, an important centerpiece of Marshall history, celebrated its sesquicentennial of continuous operation in 2002.

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