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The first known white settler on the
Menominee River was Stanislaus Chappu,
or Chappee, a French-Canadian fur
trader who operated a trading post at the
site of Marinette between 1794 and 1824.
Another fur trader, William Farnsworth,
arrived at the Menominee River Basin in
1822. Two years later he usurped
Chappee's position as the area's fur trader
as he forcibly ejected Chappee from his
trading post with the help of nearby
Chippewa Indians.

the city is said to have taken its name,
operated the trading business from the
log post for several years. Farnsworth's
companion, who was sometimes referred
to as Queen Marinette, acquired
considerable skill in managing the fur
trading business. Marinette became
virtually solely responsible for the
business, as Farnsworth began to devote
time to other pursuits. Farnsworth
associated with Charles Brush in a
business venture, which marked the
beginning of a new industry that would
dominate the Menominee River Basin for
the next fifty years. In 1832, the partners
erected a water-powered sawmill at the
foot of today's North Raymond Street.

Farnsworth and his Native American
common law-wife, Marinette, after whom

Excerpts from 1990 study of the Surviving
Architecture of a Menominee River Boom Town,
©1990, 1996, City of Marinette, WI

the early 1800's, various explorers, fur
traders and missionaries visited the area
as they passed by on the water routes of
Green Bay and the Menominee River.

The

first recorded inhabitants of the
Menominee River Basin were a small
Algonquin tribe known as "the wild rice
people." Journals of seventeenth and
early eighteenth century explorers
describe a tribe of forty to eighty men
living in a single village at the mouth of the
Menominee River. By the early 1820's, the
Menominee numbered about 500 men,
and were scattered throughout a dozen
villages in Wisconsin. Between 1670 and

One of the earliest missionaries was Jean
Nicolet, who is believed to have skirted the
shore of Green Bay and to have entered
the Menominee River in 1634. In 1640,
Father LeJeune preached to the
Menominee Indians.
Father Claude
Allouez visited the Menominee Tribe in
1669, and the following spring opened the
Mission of St. Michael on Mission Point on
the Wisconsin side of the Menominee
River in Marinette.
In 1673, Father
Marquette and Father Joliet, on their way
from Mackinac to the Fox River Portage,
visited the mouth of the Menominee River.
It was not until the year 1796 that a white
man came to Menominee to stay. This first
50

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15 miles N. of
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inhabitant was a French Canadian voyager
named Chappee, who came here as an
agent for the American Fur Company and
established a post.
At the time of the first settlement of
Menominee County all of the country from
Menominee River to Lake Huron belonged
to Mackinac County. It was a wilderness
with neither civil officers nor white people
to fill the offices. Subsequently a county
was established reaching from Lake
Michigan to the Menominee River and
called Delta County. It was attached to
Mackinaw County for judicial purposes.

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TOM ST.ONGE
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In 1861, Anson Bangs obtained passage of
an act to create a new county named
Bleeker - an old Albany, New York, name.
Bangs later married into the family by that
name. Many posts of the act were
obnoxious to the residents of the county
and they refused to organize under it. At
that time, E.S. Ingalls, the great-grandfather
of a present Menominee attorney (Richard
A. Sawyer), was requested to go to Lansing
for the January 1863 session of the
Legislature and procure the passage of an
act to organize a county. Mr. Ingalls
prepared such an act and had
Representative James S. Perdall of
Marquette present it. Soon after, the bill
passed and Menominee County took its
place among the counties of Michigan.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Regional Guide 2017/2018

Marinas
Fishing
Hunting
Golfing
Calendar of Events
Weekly Summer Events
Concerts
Raceway, Logging, Waterfront
Antiques
Shopping
Community Highlights
Stephenson Island & Henes
Camping
Peshtigo
Lodging
Marinette/Menominee Map
Street Index
Menominee Co. Map
Winter Events
Marinette Co. Map
Waterfall Tour
Farmers Market
Dining
County Fairs
Bike Ride, Geocaching, Rodeos
History
Education
Business
Health & Wellness
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Concerts
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Shopping
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Community Highlights
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Stephenson Island & Henes
The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Camping
The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Peshtigo
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Lodging
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Marinette/Menominee Map
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Street Index
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Menominee Co. Map
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Winter Events
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Marinette Co. Map
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Waterfall Tour
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Farmers Market
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - County Fairs
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The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - History
The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Education
The Regional Guide 2017/2018 - Business
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