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Welcome To The Outagamie County, Wisconsin Biographies and Historical Sketches Web Site


In May of 1997, this project was organized by Jeff Murphy, using the established KY Biographies Project as a model.  State coordinators were sought to set up their own state project.  They were offered the system design and tools created for the KY project, but were free to set up their project in any way they chose.  My name is Kathryn and I am the coordinator for Outagamie, Wisconsin.  Volunteers are needed to enter, edit, and archive the biographies for each project.  If you have biographies you would like to donate for Outagamie County, please contact me.  If you would like to volunteer to coordinate a county please contact the Wisconsin State Coordinator Linda Pingel. Please note: I do not live in Outagamie County, so I am unable to help you with any individual research project, but please feel free to post your queries concerning your ancestors that resided in Outagamie County on the "Query" section of this site.



Neighboring Counties:
Brown - To the east
Calumet - To the southeast
Winnebago - to the southwest
Waupaca - to the west
Shawano - to the north
* The Oneida Indian Reservation overlaps northeastern
Outagamie County and northwestern Brown County




A Little Outagamie County History
Wisconsin became a State in 1848; Outagamie County was created from Brown County in 1851. Fox Cities (12 communities along the Fox River) consist of Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Combined Locks, Grand Chute, Little Chute, Freedom, Neenah, Menasha, Vandenbroek. Early residents of Outagamie County were the Menomonee, Outagamie & Winnebago tribes. The name Fox Cities derives from the Outagamie Indians whom the French nicknamed "les renards", meaning foxes. In 1634, French explorer Jean Nicollet was the first European to the Outagamie area; soon followed by French fur traders. Charles Grignon (pronounced Green-Yo) built his mansion in the woods in 1837. Ethnic groups that settled in Outagamie County included Dutch, German, Polish and Irish immigrants. The first industry in the County was flour and woolen mills; power was provided by the Fox River. When wheat crops began to fail, the local farmers soon converted to dairy farming for their livelihood. Other early industry giants included Kimberly-Clark, Appleton Papers, Wisconsin Tissue Mills and the Menasha Corporation, hence the County has earned the nickname "The Paper Valley."
In 1846, Amos Lawrence established Lawrence University in the County, which now has a reputation for being one of the finest liberal arts and music schools nationwide. It is the second oldest co-educational college in the United States.

INDEX OF NAMES AND LINKS TO COUNTY BIOGRAHPIES & HISTORIAL SKETCHES
(Click on any letter below to take you to Surname beginning with that letter)

A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M
N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z

 




* If you find a biography you are researching and you would like your e-mail linked to it so you may correspond with others researching the same name, please
contact me and I will post it at the end of the biography.
*If you have photographs of the person/people in the biography, please send in the photo - it will be posted by the biography.
* If any history of service in a War is mentioned in a biography, it will be marked accordingly at the end of the bio
.
Have a Nice Journey!


Contact the Site Manager (that's me)

QUERIES
(Post Them Here)
Family Stories & Histories from Biography Descendants
POEMS & SUCH
Unidentified Pictures of Outagamie People



US Biographies
http://members.tripo.com/~debmurray/usbios/usbiog.html
Wisconsin Biographies Data Entry Guidelines
http://www.rockvillemama.com/wisconsin/howto.htm
State Coordinator's E-mail: Linda Pingel at
Linda@rockvillemama.com
Wisconsin Biographies
http://www.rockvillemama.com/wisconsin/index.htm

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