By Kris Leonhardt
Poznan, also known as Pozen and Posen, arose from the Clark County landscape in the late 1880s as cutover lands ravaged by the lumber industry were being marketed to Polish settlers.
The fertile lands promised were only such after eager immigrants were able to clear stumps and work the lands to make it viable. The Polish farmers answering the call were willing to do that work to build a new life.
Polish land agents, Felix I. Piotrowicz and E. I. Slupecki,working out of Milwaukee, began enticing emigrants from Poland to America to settle an area east of Thorp and west of Withee. They sold 40-acre plots to both Polish and Lithuanian settlers. They called the community “Poznan.”
The village, which would someday contain the stores and amenities for the village, was platted in 1895.
Realizing the importance of religion in the lives of the Polish families they were marketing to, the village also included a tract of land for the construction of a church. The settlers, however, chose another location for the church a couple of miles closer to Thorp, for what would become St. Hedwig’s Church.
Read more in the May 10 edition of the Sentinel & Rural News
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