Term: Wisconsin Veterans' Home (Waupaca)
Definition: This home, located  on the chain of lakes, Waupaca, was founded by the G.A.R., Department of Wisconsin, to care for honorably discharged indigent soldiers, sailors or marines of the War of Secession, who cannot be received into any national home; and for their indigent wives or widows for whom no provision is made in national homes. It is built on the cottage system, each cottage for a man and his wife. The buildings for men and wives each have a dining room and kitchen attached. Single men who are occupants of cottages and the widows who occupy the widows' dormitory all take their meals in the main dining hall. The home comprises 90 acres of land upon which are 75 buildings all in good condition. It is owned by the state and is controlled by a board of trustees elected by the state department of the G.A.R. It is supported by an appropriation of $3 per week made by the state for each enrolled member, and an additional appropriation of $100 per year for each male inmate made by the Federal government. It is regularly inspected by the state board of control.
[Source: Wisconsin: comprising sketches of counties, towns, events, institutions, and persons, arranged in cyclopedic form, ed. by Ex-Gov. Geo. W. Peck (Madison, Wis., Western Historical Association, 1906).