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Term: Stoughton [brief history]

Definition: Stoughton is located in Dane County in southcentral Wisconsin, 16 miles between Janesville to the south and Madison to the north. Surveyed in 1833, the Stoughton area was described as thinly timbered in burr, white, and yellow oak, a strip of timber dividing the prairie along the river.  When Luke Stoughton of Janesville came to the area, he was struck by its possibilities and purchased land in 1847.

The Catfish River, renamed the Yahara River in 1855, which ran through town, had a drop suitable for running sawmills and gristmills and provided a river road leading straight from Madison to the Mississippi, perfect for moving goods.  Stoughton quickly platted his village, built a sawmill, hired a miller to build and run a grist mill, encouraged teachers, doctors, blacksmiths and shop owners to settle here.  The railroad rerouted its track through town on land Stoughton donated for the right of way and a depot.  

Farmers planted fields of wheat and brought it to Stoughton for grinding, which, in turn, encouraged T.G. Mandt to build his  Mandt  Wagon Works factory. The factory employed 225 men by 1883, when a fire destroyed most of his buildings.  The Mandt, and later Stoughton wagon, was well known as far away as Iowa and Minnesota for its extraordinary workmanship and design.

Following the demise of wheat crops in Wisconsin, farmers planted tobacco. This labor- intensive crop led to the construction of large warehouses and sorting houses, which provided work for the new flood of immigrants from Norway.  While the men worked in the factories and stores, the women worked in the warehouses.  Their need for time off at mid-morning to see to household chores started the tradition of a mid-day coffee break, an invention still celebrated each year in Stoughton.  

Lake Kegonsa, to the north of town, became a resort in the summer, and the city ski slide a recreational attraction in the winter.  The Clark water heater was invented and manufactured here, and the first successful cataract surgeries were performed in Stoughton.  

Today, Stoughton is best known for its Norwegian heritage and celebration of  Syttende Mai, Norwegian independence day, in May.

[Source: WHS Library-Archives staff, 2009]

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S.S. Badger (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
S.S. Meteor: Last of the Whalebacks (Historic Mar
Sabin, Richland Co.
Sackville, Town of, Ozaukee Co.
Sacramento, Town of, Waushara Co.
Sacramento, Waushara Co. [origin of place name]
Saint Anna, Calumet Co.
Saint Anthony, Washington Co.
Saint Catherines Bay, Calumet Co.
Saint Cloud, Fond du Lac Co.
Saint Cloud, Village of, Fond du Lac Co.
Saint Croix Falls, Polk Co.
Saint Croix Falls, Town of, Polk Co.
Saint Francis River (Minnesota)
Saint Francis [brief history]
Saint Francis, Milwaukee Co.
Saint Germain, Town of, Vilas Co.
Saint Germain, Vilas Co.
Saint John's Infirmary (Historic Marker Erected 19
Saint John, Calumet Co.
Saint Joseph, La Crosse Co.
Saint Joseph, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Saint Kilian, Fond du Lac Co.
Saint Lawrence, Town of, Waupaca Co.
Saint Lawrence, Washington Co.
Saint Louis River
Saint Marie, Town of, Green Lake Co.
Saint Martins, Milwaukee Co.
Saint Marys, Monroe Co.
Saint Michaels, Washington Co.
Saint Nazianz, Manitowoc Co.
Saint Nazianz, Village of, Manitowoc Co.
Saint Peter, Fond du Lac Co.
Saint Rose, Grant Co.
Salem Oaks, Kenosha Co.
Salem [origin of place name]
Salem, Kenosha Co.
Salem, Pierce Co.
Salem, Town of, Kenosha Co.
Salem, Town of, Pierce Co.
Salmo, Bayfield Co.
Salona, Door Co.
Sampson, Oconto Co.
Sampson, Town of, Chippewa Co.
Sanborn [origin of place name]
Sanborn, Ashland Co.
Sanborn, Town of, Ashland Co.
Sand Bay, Bayfield Co.
Sand Bay, Town of, Kewaunee Co.
Sand Creek, Dunn Co.
Sand Creek, Town of, Dunn Co.
Sand Lake, Polk Co.
Sand Lake, Town of, Burnett Co.
Sand Lake, Town of, Forest Co.
Sand Lake, Town of, Sawyer Co.
Sand Prairie, Richland Co.
Sandstone Bluff, Green Lake Co.
Sandusky, Sauk Co.
Sandy Hook, Grant Co.
Saratoga [origin of place name]
Saratoga, Town of, Wood Co.
Sarona, Town of, Washburn Co.
Sarona, Washburn Co.
Sauk City [origin of place name]
Sauk City, Sauk Co.
Sauk County [origin of place name]
Sauk Prairie, Sauk Co.
Sauk Trail Beach, Ozaukee Co.
Saukville, Ozaukee Co.
Saukville, Town of, Ozaukee Co.
Saukville, Village of, Ozaukee Co.
Saunders, Douglas Co.
Sauntry, Douglas Co.
Savannah, Grant Co.
Savoy (historical), Buffalo Co.
Sawyer County [origin of place name]
Saxeville, Town of, Waushara Co.
Saxeville, Waushara Co.
Saxon, Iron Co.
Saxon, Town of, Iron Co.
Saxonburg, Town of, Manitowoc Co.
Saylesville, Dodge Co.
Saylesville, Waukesha Co.
Sayner [origin of place name]
Sayner, Vilas Co.
Scanawan, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Scandinavia [origin of place name]
Scandinavia, Town of, Waupaca Co.
Scandinavia, Village of, Waupaca Co.
Scandinavia, Waupaca Co.
Scarboro Creek
Schey Acres, Dane Co.
Schleisingerville, Washington Co. [origin of place
Schleswig [origin of place name]
Schleswig, Town of, Manitowoc Co.
Schley, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Schmidt Corner, Waupaca Co.
Schnappsville, Marathon Co.
Schneyville, Green Co.
Schoepke, Town of, Oneida Co.
Schofield [origin of place name]
Schofield, Marathon Co.
School Consolidation (Historic Marker Erected 1964
School Hill, Manitowoc Co.
Schultz, Green Co.
Scott [origin of place name]
Scott [origin of place name]
Scott, Town of, Brown Co.
Scott, Town of, Burnett Co.
Scott, Town of, Columbia Co.
Scott, Town of, Crawford Co.
Scott, Town of, La Crosse Co.
Scott, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Scott, Town of, Monroe Co.
Scott, Town of, Portage Co.
Scott, Town of, Sheboygan Co.
Scotts Junction, Monroe Co.
Sechlerville, Jackson Co.
Second Ward, Calumet Co.
Sedgwick, Ashland Co.
Seeley, Sawyer Co.
Seif, Town of, Clark Co.
Seils-Sterling Circus (Historic Marker Erected 197
Seminary Springs, Dane Co.
Senate, Town of, Chippewa Co.
Seneca, Crawford Co.
Seneca, Town of, Crawford Co.
Seneca, Town of, Green Lake Co.
Seneca, Town of, Shawano Co.
Seneca, Town of, Wood Co.
Senn, Nicholas, M.D. (1844-1908) (Historic Marker
Sessions Prairie [origin of place name]
Sevastopol [origin of place name]
Sevastopol, Town of, Door Co.
Seven Mile Creek, Town of, Fond du Lac Co.
Seven Mile Creek, Town of, Juneau Co.
Sextonville, Richland Co.
Seymour [origin of place name]
Seymour, Eau Claire Co.
Seymour, Outagamie Co.
Seymour, Town of, Eau Claire Co.
Seymour, Town of, Lafayette Co.
Seymour, Town of, Outagamie Co.
Shabine Lake
Shady Dell, Grant Co.
Shady Side (historical), Walworth Co.
Shake - Rag Street (Mineral Point) [origin of plac
Shaker Rag (Historic Marker Erected 1951)
Shamrock, Jackson Co.
Shanagolden, Ashland Co.
Shanagolden, Town of, Ashland Co.
Shangri La Point, Winnebago Co.
Shantytown, Marathon Co.
Sharon Township [origin of place name]
Sharon, Town of, Marquette Co.
Sharon, Town of, Portage Co.
Sharon, Town of, Walworth Co.
Sharon, Village of, Walworth Co.
Sharon, Walworth Co.
Shaw Landing, Waupaca Co.
Shawanaw, Town of, Shawano Co.
Shawano (Historic Marker Erected 1956)
Shawano County [origin of place name]
Shawano Lake
Shawano [brief history]
Shawano, Shawano Co.
Shawano, Town of, Shawano Co.
Shawtown, Eau Claire Co.
Sheboygan County [origin of place name]
Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan Co.
Sheboygan Falls, Town of, Sheboygan Co.
Sheboygan Indian Mound Park (Historic Marker Erect
Sheboygan River
Sheboygan [brief history]
Sheboygan, Sheboygan Co.
Sheboygan, Town of, Sheboygan Co.
Shelby, La Crosse Co.
Shelby, Town of, La Crosse Co.
Sheldon, Rusk Co.
Sheldon, Town of, Monroe Co.
Sheldon, Village of, Rusk Co.
Shell Lake [origin of place name]
Shell Lake, Town of, Washburn Co.
Shell Lake, Washburn Co.
Shennington, Monroe Co.
Shepley, Shawano Co.
Sheppard, Jackson Co.
Sheridan, Town of, Dunn Co.
Sheridan, Waupaca Co.
Sherman [origin of place name]
Sherman, Town of, Clark Co.
Sherman, Town of, Dunn Co.
Sherman, Town of, Iron Co.
Sherman, Town of, Sheboygan Co.
Sherry Junction, Langlade Co.
Sherry [origin of place name]
Sherry, Town of, Wood Co.
Sherry, Wood Co.
Sherwood Forest Heights, Dane Co.
Sherwood Forest, Green Lake Co.
Sherwood Forest, Town of, Clark Co.
Sherwood Glen, Dane Co.
Sherwood, Calumet Co.
Sherwood, Clark Co.
Sherwood, Town of, Clark Co.
Sherwood, Village of, Calumet Co.
Shields [origin of place name]
Shields, Town of, Dodge Co.
Shields, Town of, Marquette Co.
Shiocton [origin of place name]
Shiocton, Outagamie Co.
Shiocton, Village of, Outagamie Co.
Shirley, Brown Co.
Shivering Sands [origin of place name]
Shoe Lake [origin of place name]
Shoemaker Point, Door Co.
Shopiere [origin of place name]
Shopiere, Rock Co.
Shorewood Armory (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Shorewood High School (Historic Marker Erected 199
Shorewood Hills, Dane Co.
Shorewood Hills, Village of, Dane Co.
Shorewood Village Hall (Historic Marker Erected 19
Shorewood, Milwaukee Co.
Shorewood, Village of, Milwaukee Co.
Shortville, Clark Co.
Shot Tower (Historic Marker Erected 1977)
Shoto, Manitowoc Co.
Shullsburg [origin of place name]
Shullsburg, Lafayette Co.
Shullsburg, Town of, Lafayette Co.
Sidney, Clark Co.
Sigel, Town of, Chippewa Co.
Sigel, Town of, Wood Co.
Silica, Fond du Lac Co.
Silver Cliff, Town of, Marinette Co.
Silver Creek [origin of place name]
Silver Creek, Sheboygan Co.
Silver Lake [origin of place name]
Silver Lake, Kenosha Co.
Silver Lake, Village of, Kenosha Co.
Silver Lake, Waushara Co.
Silver Mound (Historic Marker Erected 1977)
Silver Mound [origin of place name]
Sinipee, Grant Co.
Sinking of the Lady Elgin (Historic Marker Erected
Sinsinawa [origin of place name]
Sinsinawa, Grant Co.
Sinsiniwa Mound, Grant Co.
Sioux Creek, Town of, Barron Co.
Sioux, Bayfield Co.
Siren [origin of place name]
Siren, Burnett Co.
Siren, Town of, Burnett Co.
Siren, Village of, Burnett Co.
Siresville [origin of place name]
Siskiwit Bay [origin of place name]
Sissabagama Lake [origin of place name]
Sister Bay, Door Co.
Sister Bay, Village of, Door Co.
Sisters, The (islands)
Site of Fort St. Antoine 1686 (Historic Marker Ere
Site of the First Norwegian Lutheran Church of the
Skanawan, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Skillet Creek Falls [origin of place name]
Skinner's, Town of, Iowa Co.
Slab City, Shawano Co.
Slabtown, Jefferson Co.
Slades Corners, Kenosha Co.
Slateford, Lafayette Co.
Sligo [origin of place name]
Slinger [origin of place name]
Slinger, Village of, Washington Co.
Slinger, Washington Co.
Slovan, Kewaunee Co.
Smelser's Grove, Election precinct of, Grant Co.
Smelser, Town of, Grant Co.
Smith Landing, Pierce Co.
Smithfield, Outagamie Co.
Snell, Marathon Co.
Snells, Winnebago Co.
Sniderville, Brown Co.
Snowmobile (Historic Marker Erected 1975)
Snows Corner, Pierce Co.
Soaking Mountain
Sobieski Corners, Oconto Co.
Sobieski, Oconto Co.
Soldiers Grove Origins (Historic Marker Erected 19
Soldiers Grove, Crawford Co.
Soldiers Grove, Village of, Crawford Co.
Solon Springs [origin of place name]
Solon Springs, Douglas Co.
Solon Springs, Town of, Douglas Co.
Solon Springs, Village of, Douglas Co.
Somers [origin of place name]
Somers, Kenosha Co.
Somers, Town of, Kenosha Co.
Somerset, St. Croix Co.
Somerset, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Somerset, Village of, St. Croix Co.
Somo, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Sono Junction, St. Croix Co.
Soperton, Forest Co.
South Beaver Dam, Dodge Co.
South Byron, Fond du Lac Co.
South Chase, Oconto Co.
South Fork, Town of, Rusk Co.
South Greenville Grange No. 225 (Historic Marker E
South Itasca, Douglas Co.
South Kenosha, Kenosha Co.
South Lancaster, Town of, Grant Co.
South Madison, Dane Co.
South Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co.
South Randolph, Dodge Co.
South Range, Douglas Co.
South Range, Town of, Douglas Co.
South Superior, Douglas Co.
South Wayne, Lafayette Co.
South Wayne, Village of, Lafayette Co.
Southport, Town of, Kenosha Co.
Southside Historic District (Historic Marker Erect
Southside Historic District Parks (Historic Marker
Spalding's creek
Sparta, Monroe Co.
Sparta, Town of, Monroe Co.
Spaulding, Jackson Co.
Speck Oaks, Jackson Co.
Spence Park (Historic Marker Erected 1978)
Spencer, Marathon Co.
Spencer, Town of, Marathon Co.
Spencer, Village of, Marathon Co.
Spider Lake, Town of, Sawyer Co.
Spider Lake, Town of, Vilas Co.
Spirit Falls, Lincoln Co.
Spirit Rock (Historic Marker Erected 1963)
Spirit, Price Co.
Spirit, Town of, Price Co.
Split Rock, Shawano Co.
Spokeville, Clark Co.
Spooner [origin of place name]
Spooner, Town of, Washburn Co.
Spooner, Washburn Co.
Sprague, Juneau Co.
Spread Eagle, Florence Co.
Spring Bank Park, Monroe Co.
Spring Brook, Town of, Dunn Co.
Spring Brook, Town of, Langlade Co.
Spring Brook, Town of, Washburn Co.
Spring Green, Sauk Co.
Spring Green, Town of, Sauk Co.
Spring Green, Village of, Sauk Co.
Spring Grove, Green Lake Co.
Spring Grove, Town of, Green Co.
Spring Lake Township [origin of place name]
Spring Lake, Town of, Pierce Co.
Spring Lake, Waushara Co.
Spring Prairie Township [origin of place name]
Spring Prairie, Town of, Walworth Co.
Spring Prairie, Walworth Co.
Spring Street (Milwaukee) [origin of place name]
Spring Valley [origin of place name]
Spring Valley, Election precinct of, Iowa Co.
Spring Valley, Manitowoc Co.
Spring Valley, Pierce Co.
Spring Valley, Rock Co.
Spring Valley, Town of, Rock Co.
Spring Valley, Village of, Pierce Co.
Spring Water Township [origin of place name]
Springbluff (historical), Adams Co.
Springbrook [origin of place name]
Springbrook, Town of, Washburn Co.
Springbrook, Washburn Co.
Springdale (historical), Buffalo Co.
Springdale, Town of, Dane Co.
Springfield Corners, Dane Co.
Springfield, Election precinct of, Columbia Co.
Springfield, Town of, Dane Co.
Springfield, Town of, Jackson Co.
Springfield, Town of, Marquette Co.
Springfield, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Springfield, Town of, Wood Co.
Springfield, Walworth Co.
Springstead, Iron Co.
Springvale, Town of, Columbia Co.
Springvale, Town of, Fond du Lac Co.
Springville, Town of, Adams Co.
Springville, Vernon Co.
Springwater, Town of, Waushara Co.
Spruce, Oconto Co.
Spruce, Town of, Oconto Co.
St. Anthony, Town of, Crawford Co.
St. Croix County [origin of place name]
St. Croix Falls [origin of place name]
St. Croix Falls, Town of, Polk Co.
St. Croix Lake (upper) [origin of place name]
St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
St. Croix pinery
St. Croix River
St. Croix River (Historic Marker Erected 1956)
St. Germaine, Town of, Vilas Co.
St. John's Military Academy (Historic Marker Erect
St. Joseph, Town of, St. Croix Co.
St. Lawrence, Town of, Waupaca Co.
St. Marie [origin of place name]
St. Marie, Town of, Green Lake Co.
Staadts (historical), Marathon Co.
Stanberry, Washburn Co.
Stanfold, Town of, Barron Co.
Stangelville, Kewaunee Co.
Stanley [origin of place name]
Stanley, Chippewa Co.
Stanley, Town of, Barron Co.
Stanton [origin of place name]
Stanton, St. Croix Co.
Stanton, Town of, Dunn Co.
Stanton, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Star Lake, Vilas Co.
Star Prairie, St. Croix Co.
Star Prairie, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Star Prairie, Village of, St. Croix Co.
Stark, Town of, Vernon Co.
Starks, Oneida Co.
Starkweather Creek [origin of place name]
State Center [origin of place name]
State Historical Society (Historic Marker Erected
State Line [origin of place name]
State Line, Kenosha Co.
State Line, Town of, Vilas Co.
State Park Movement in Wisconsin - Interstate Park
Statesburg, Outagamie Co.
Stearns, Green Co.
Stebbinsville, Rock Co.
Steinthal, Manitowoc Co.
Stella, Town of, Oneida Co.
Stephenson, Town of, Marinette Co.
Stephensville, Outagamie Co.
Sterling Township [origin of place name]
Sterling, Town of, Polk Co.
Sterling, Town of, Vernon Co.
Stetsonville [origin of place name]
Stetsonville, Taylor Co.
Stetsonville, Village of, Taylor Co.
Stettin (historical), Marathon Co.
Stettin, Town of, Marathon Co.
Steuben, Crawford Co.
Steuben, Village of, Crawford Co.
Stevens Hill, Door Co.
Stevens Point [brief history]
Stevens Point [origin of place name]
Stevens Point, Portage Co.
Stevens Point, Town of, Portage Co.
Stevens Prairie, Census district of, Dunn Co.
Stevenstown, La Crosse Co.
Stiles Junction, Oconto Co.
Stiles, Oconto Co.
Stiles, Town of, Oconto Co.
Stinnett, Town of, Washburn Co.
Stitzer [origin of place name]
Stitzer, Grant Co.
Stockbridge [origin of place name]
Stockbridge, Calumet Co.
Stockbridge, Town of, Calumet Co.
Stockbridge, Village of, Calumet Co.
Stockholm, Pepin Co.
Stockholm, Town of, Pepin Co.
Stockholm, Village of, Pepin Co.
Stockton, Portage Co.
Stockton, Town of, Portage Co.
Stoddard, Vernon Co.
Stoddard, Village of, Vernon Co.
Stone Lake, Sawyer Co.
Stone Lake, Town of, Washburn Co.
Stone, Dane Co.
Stonebank, Waukesha Co.
Stony Beach, Winnebago Co.
Storrs Lake, Milton (Historic Marker Erected 1976)
Stoughton [brief history]
Stoughton [origin of place name]
Stoughton, Dane Co.
Stratford, Marathon Co.
Stratford, Village of, Marathon Co.
Strawbridge, Lafayette Co.
Stretching Waters [origin of place name]
Strickland, Rusk Co.
Strickland, Town of, Rusk Co.
Strong's Landing
Strongs Prairie, Adams Co.
Strongs Prairie, Town of, Adams Co.
Strum [origin of place name]
Strum, Trempealeau Co.
Strum, Village of, Trempealeau Co.
Stubbs, Town of, Rusk Co.
Sturgeon Bay (body of water)
Sturgeon Bay [brief history]
Sturgeon Bay [origin of place name]
Sturgeon Bay, Door Co.
Sturgeon Bay, Town of, Door Co.
Sturgeon Falls, Menominee River
Sturtevant, Racine Co.
Sturtevant, Village of, Racine Co.
Suamico (historical), Town of, Brown Co.
Suamico [origin of place name]
Suamico, Brown Co.
Suamico, Town of, Brown Co.
Suamico, Town of, Oconto Co.
Suamico, Village of, Brown Co.
Sugar Bush, Brown Co.
Sugar Bush, Outagamie Co.
Sugar Camp, Oneida Co.
Sugar Camp, Town of, Oneida Co.
Sugar Creek [origin of place name]
Sugar Creek, Town of, Walworth Co.
Sugar Grove, Vernon Co.
Sugar Island (Lebanon) [origin of place name]
Sugar Island, Dodge Co.
Sugar River, Census district of, Dane Co.
Sugar River, Election precinct of, Green Co.
Sugar River, Green Co.
Sullivan, Jefferson Co.
Sullivan, Town of, Jackson Co.
Sullivan, Town of, Jefferson Co.
Sullivan, Village of, Jefferson Co.
Summer White House - 1928 (Historic Marker Erected
Summerville, Rock Co.
Summit Corners, Waukesha Co.
Summit Lake, Langlade Co.
Summit, Town of, Douglas Co.
Summit, Town of, Juneau Co.
Summit, Town of, Langlade Co.
Summit, Town of, Waukesha Co.
Sumner Township [origin of place name]
Sumner, Barron Co.
Sumner, Town of, Barron Co.
Sumner, Town of, Jefferson Co.
Sumner, Town of, Trempealeau Co.
Sumpter [origin of place name]
Sumpter, Town of, Sauk Co.
Sun Prairie [origin of place name]
Sun Prairie, Dane Co.
Sun Prairie, Town of, Dane Co.
Sunburst, Dane Co.
Sunflower, Oneida Co.
Sunnyside, Douglas Co.
Sunrise Bay, Winnebago Co.
Sunset Beach, Calumet Co.
Sunset Beach, Dodge Co.
Sunset Point (historical), La Crosse Co.
Sunset Point, Winnebago Co.
Sunset, Marathon Co.
Superior Village, Douglas Co.
Superior [origin of place name]
Superior, Douglas Co.
Superior, Town of, Douglas Co.
Superior, Village of, Douglas Co.
Suring, Oconto Co.
Suring, Village of, Oconto Co.
Sussex, Village of, Waukesha Co.
Sussex, Waukesha Co.
Sutherland, Bayfield Co.
Swamp Lake [origin of place name]
Swan Lake
Swan, Marathon Co.
Sweetheart City, Marinette Co.
Swiss, Town of, Burnett Co.
Syene (historical), Dane Co.
Sylvan Mounds, Jefferson Co.
Sylvan Shores, Green Lake Co.
Sylvan, Richland Co.
Sylvan, Town of, Richland Co.
Sylvania, Racine Co.
Sylvester Township [origin of place name]
Sylvester [origin of place name]
Sylvester, Town of, Green Co.
Sylvester, Town of, Waushara Co.
Symco, Waupaca Co.

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