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8680 Hwy 101

National or State Register of Historic Places
8680 Hwy 101 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:Wywialowski, John and Anna, Farmstead
Reference Number:16000766
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):8680 Hwy 101
County:Forest
City/Village:
Township:Armstrong Creek
SUMMARY
John and Anna Wywialowski Farmstead
8680 Highway 101, Armstrong Creek, Wisconsin 54103
Date of Construction: 1918-1946

The John and Anna Wywialowski Farmstead was established in 1936 in the Town of Armstrong Creek in the heart of Wisconsin’s Cutover region. By about 1900 lumber companies had cleared much of the woodlands in the northern third of the state, leaving vast acres of stumpland in their wake. In an effort to find a new – and profitable – use for this land, lumber companies and land speculators sold individual plots to would-be farmers, many of whom had been drawn from immigrant populations in cities like Chicago and Milwaukee. However, the harshness of the Cutover frontier, the agricultural depression that followed World War I, and the Great Depression of the 1930s made the failure of many family-run Cutover farms more common than success.

In 1936, John and Anna Wywialowski purchased their property along Highway 101 as an expansion of the dairy and potato farm that they had begun ten years earlier on an adjacent plot. John and Anna, along with their seventeen children, worked through the Depression to turn their Cutover property from a struggling, two-cow frontier farm to a successful dairy farm that, at its height, handled over one hundred head of cattle. The history of the Wywialowski family is one of the region’s few success stories.

The harshness of the Cutover frontier, the agricultural depression that followed World War I, and the Great Depression of the 1930s made the failure of many family-run Cutover farms more common than success. The history of the Wywialowski family is one of the region’s few success stories, and the John and Anna Wywialowski Farmstead is the physical representation of that success. As such, the property is an excellent representative of an early- to mid-twentieth-century Cutover farm. The property’s eight contributing resources represent the evolution of the farm from a very simple, frontier-like outfit in the 1930s to a modern, mid-century farming operation.

This property is private. Please respect the rights and privacy of the owners.

PROPERTY FEATURES
Period of Significance:1918-1946
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Animal Facility
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Resource Type:Building
Architect: Adam Schultz (Builder)
Architect:John Wywialowski (Builder)
DESIGNATIONS
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:11/07/2016
State Register Listing Date:08/19/2016
NUMBER OF RESOURCES WITHIN PROPERTY
Number of Contributing Buildings:6
Number of Contributing Sites:1
Number of Contributing Structures:1
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:1
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:1
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
RECORD LOCATION
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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