Luke Laborde was a Frenchman who ran a trading post and traded mainly with the
local Indians. The north side of the Fox River was Indian land. In 1847, O.E.
Loper made a claim on the north side of the river. The population grew.
Eureka got a bridge in 1854. It had a dock and warehouse to accommodate a daily line of
steamship, between Oshkosh and Berlin. For people traveling west there were
jobs in this area; many settlers stopped off and worked for a time.
Waukaus woolen mill and flour mills flourished, and the harvesting of trees flourished.
The Township of Rushford was organized by an act of legislature, approved February 11th, 1847. In addition to the present Town, Township 07, Range
14 (Nepeskum ), and Township 17, Range 15 (Utica).
March 11, 1848: Utica was separated.
November 10, 1849, Nepeskum was separated.
This left Town 18, Range 14 Rushford.
January 88,1850, by action of the County Board, the south half of Section 31, in Omro, the north half of Section 6, in Utica, and the north half of Section 1 in Nepeskum, were all set off and attached to the Township of Rushford.
November 13, 1856, the North half of Section 31, in Omro, was in like manor attached to Rushford. Section 1, 12, and the north half of 13, in Rushford, were attached to Omro.
Here are some other interesting facts about the Town of Rushford:
We are a small, rural community of 1,556 as of July, 2007. We are located in northeast Wisconsin in Winnebago County. We are located just west of Oshkosh, which allows our Town to enjoy a quiet and comfortable charm with a rural quality of life, while still being able to access quality entertainment, business, and industry.
Both Waukau and Eureka are popular hot spots for fishermen (women) The Fox river flows though Eureka, and Waukau creek is a beautiful spot to go in and toss a line.
This is Waukau creek in Spring
We have nature trials & preserves, the Eureka Locks, farms, community centers and the township has a lot to offer to all. Rushford Trails is a walking trail at the old dump site which can be entered from Senn Road. This trail connects to Waukau Creek trails on the southern side of the township property. Mr Larry Hildebrand maintains this lovely trail which meanders around the picturesque pond. The trail is open from dawn to dusk with parking available.
If you are into statistics, you will love this:
As of 2007, Rushford's population is 1,556 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.89 percent.
Ancestries: German (52.5%), Polish (10.4%), Irish (9.7%), United States (7.5%), English (7.4%), French (3.5%).
Elevation: 905 feet
Land area: 35.1 square miles.
Population density: 44 people per square mile. (very low).
Population 1,556 301,621,157
Pop. Density 44 80
Pop. Change 4.89% 5.88%
Median Age 38.5 37.6
Households 586 108,954,329
Household Size 2.59 2.6
Male Population 51.88% 48.65%
Female Population 48.12% 51.35%
Married Population 62.54% 58.89%
Single Population 37.46% 41.11%
The median home value in Rushford is $140,370. Home appreciation is -4.60% over the last year. The median age of
Rushford real estate is 37 years.
Renters make up 11.91% of the Rushford population. 7.29% of houses and apartments in Rushford are unoccupied (vacancy rate) Compared to the rest of the country, Rushford's cost of living is 20.35% lower than the U.S. average.
Rushford public schools spend $5,968 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $6,058. There are about 17 students per teacher in Rushford.
The unemployment rate in Rushford is 8.00 percent (U.S. avg. is 8.50%).
The median age is 38.5. The US median is 37.6. 62.54% of people in
Rushford are married. 9.56% are divorced.
The average household size is 2.59 people. 27.99% of people are married, with children. 3.86% have children, but are single.
98.68% of people are white, 0.00% are black, 0.06% are asian, 0.12% are native american, and 1.40% claim 'Other'.
1.41% of the people in Rushford claim hispanic ethnicity (meaning 98.59% are non-hispanic).Rushford violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 10, is 1. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 3.
Rushford property crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 10, is 3. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The US average is 3.
Rushford gets 30 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 40 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 107.
On average, there are 187 sunny days per year in Rushford, WI. The July high is around 82 degrees. The January low is 8. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 49 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.
Air quality in Rushford, WI is 43 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). This is based on ozone alert days and number of pollutants in the air, as reported by the EPA.
Water quality in Rushford, WI is 25 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators.
Superfund index is 99 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). This is upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts.
The unemployment rate in Rushford is 8.00%, with job growth of -0.20%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 31.70%.
Town of Rushford has sales tax rate of 5.00%. Income tax is 6.93%.The income per capita is $23,947, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $54,219.
The average one-way commute in Rushford takes 28 minutes. 78% of commuters drive their own car alone. 9% carpool with others. 0% take mass transit and 10% work from home.
Cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Rushford, WI is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Rushford, WI is more expensive. Overall, Rushford, WI cost of living is 79.65.
57.42% of the people in Rushford, WI are religious, meaning they affiliate with a religion. 27.87% are Catholic; 25.49% are Protestant; 0.00% are LDS; 3.52% are another Christian faith; 0.11% in Rushford, WI are Jewish; 0.04% are an eastern faith; 0.39% affilite with Islam.
46.21% of the people in Rushford, WI are registered as Democrats. 52.53% are registered Republican. Remaining are independent: 1.25%.
Now, that is a LOT to know about the Town of Rushford!
In 1957, All Mine to Give ( The Day they Gave Babies Away ) took place in Eureka. The movie premier was held in Oshkosh.