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The Buffalo County Training School
The Buffalo County Training School began classes in 1902 in this building which now houses the Alma Area Museum.
This is a round barn on the Herold bluff.
Many barns sit idle these days. At one time there were a number of round barns in the county. This one was on the Herold bluff. Photo courtesy MaryAnn Hurlburt
This threshing crew is ready to move in the Praag area
Note that the stack is in front of this machine. E. F. Ganz once wrote that \\\"The machines were kept going into the winter as long as deep snow allowed for stack threshing. To lug an outfit from one valley to another on bobs was not less common than for a man to carry a borrowed breaking plow across the bluffs on his back.\\\" Photo courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Wilferd Schaub
The Huber buffalo herd from Rose Valley, near Cochrane
The Huber brothers brought a buffalo bull back from the West by using a buckboard with the floor removed as a travelling corral. This bull helped them form the only buffalo herd in the county since the white man had appeared in 1839. Prior to that, Father Louis Hennepin had named the Buffalo River when he was taken past it in 1680 and saw buffalo near the mouth of the river.
Real horsepower was often used in Buffalo County
Horsepower was used to move a building in Gilmanton. The structure is still used for the post office. Photo courtesy Velva Molland
The Buffalo County Historical Society has copies of the National Archives' microfilmed census records for the following years and counties. The 1940 census records should be available in 2012, as federal law requires a 72 year delay in releasing the census recordds to the public. Watch our site for news when that film will be ordered!
1840: Contains all Wisconsin counties existing at that time, including Crawford County, which contained the present area of Buffalo County.
1850: (2 rolls) First roll contains 12 pages of Calumet County followed by Chippewa County, which contained the present area of Buffalo County lying north and west of the Buffalo River. Second roll contains Dane and Crawford counties. Crawford contains the area of Buffalo County lying south and east of the Buffalo River.
1860: Contains 10 pages of Brown County, all of Buffalo County, and part of Calumet County.
1870: Contains Buffalo, Burnett, and Calumet Counties.
1880: Contains 10 pages of Bayfield County, all of Buffalo, and Burnett Counties.
1890: The regular census records were destroyed by fire. The film we have contains special schedules enumerating Union veterans and widows of Union veterans of the Civil War including Buffalo County.
1900: Contains 10 pages of Brown County, all of Buffalo County and Burnett County.
1910: Contains Buffalo County.
1920: Contains 15 pages of Adams County, all of Ashland and Buffalo Counties.
1930: Contains Buffalo County.