175 Years of History and Community

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Honoring the past. Embracing the future.

2022 represents a significant milestone in the Town of Farmington’s history—its 175th anniversary. As we commemorate this milestone, it is important to not only look back at where we have been, but also look ahead to what is on the horizon.

Follow us on Facebook as we highlight the people and places that have shaped Farmington over the past 175 years.

Town Government

On March 11, 1847, not long after the first settlers came to the area, Farmington was formally declared a township. The Town Board held its first meeting on April 6, 1847, at the home of Thomas Bailey. Included on the agenda of the first meeting was the need for roads, bridges and schools.



  • Chairman: George Manley
  • Supervisor: Jeremiah Fergeson
  • Supervisor: James Haris
  • Clerk: Benjamin F. Buck
  • Treasurer: Samuel Wescott



  • Chairman: Doug Neumann
  • Supervisor: John T. Guttmann
  • Supervisor: Mike Rodenkirch
  • Clerk: Patty Hoerig
  • Treasurer: Ken Ramthun
Town Documents

Growing Up in Farmington

From the Oral History Archives

Paying Tribute to the Past

On March 4, 1996, and again on April 5, 2006, students from Kewaskum High School met with long-term area residents in a joint effort to preserve the history of the Town of Farmington. Each student was paired with a resident partner and captured growing up in Farmington through their partners' eyes.

Featured here are excerpts from these documented oral histories, one of the ways we remember and pay tribute to the past.

Excerpts from:  A Walk Down Memory Lane, A documented oral history, Town of Farmington, 1996, and A Walk Down Memory Lane Vol II, A documented oral history of the Town of Farmington, 2006.

Ray Mertzig

Ray Mertzig

Related on April 5, 2006

“Times weren't very easy for our family back when I was young. My parents got divorced, and my brother, sister, and I moved in with our grandparents...But just because our family didn't have a lot of money, doesn't mean I didn't have any fun. I played football and baseball for Random Lake High School. I also was a part of fast-pitch softball teams, and I was pretty good, too. I played on a team that was sponsored by a tavern, like most teams back then. We won numerous championships with our great coach, my grandpa. He would pick up the team in his truck and take us to West Bend for the game.”

Mildred Woog Weiss

Mildred (Woog) Weiss

Related on March 4, 1996

“In 1933, I started teaching at Old Brick, a one-room school in the Town of Farmington for only $67.50 per month because of the Depression...Three years into my teaching career, nature astonished all who lived around the area. During January and February, a blizzard hit so hard that Highway 144 was closed for six weeks. It took 50 WPA workers with shovels in front of the plow just to push the snow. The snow was so high I remember stepping over telephone wires in front of the school and then slipping through a tunnel to the schools doors.”

St. John of God Church Interior

James McKee

Related on March 4, 1996

I used to walk from Orchard Grove School to Highway 28 where I'd be picked up to go to church to serve at Mass, which I did until I was 19 years old. Father Byers from St. John of God was the person I admired most while growing up, probably because religion seemed more important back then than it appears to now.”

Estelle Schladweiler Matenaer

Estelle (Schladweiler) Matenaer

Related on April 5, 2006

“During the winter, we loved ice skating and sleigh riding. My friends and I would go sledding on the streets, which at the time were all gravel. Sometimes when we began to go very fast on the snow, we would hit a dry gravel spot and go flying. It was only a couple bumps and bruises, and we still had a lot of fun with it. And of course, being children, we had to get into mischief sometimes. We had fun going on top of the barn and playing tag. But when dad came home, we sure got in a lot of trouble.”

Farmington Today

Farmington has grown into a community that is rich with pride in its history, schools, farms, neighborhoods, and beautiful Kettle Moraine landscape. Family activities include lakes, parks, a wildlife zoo, and an organized summer ball program. Farmington Elementary School is the heart of the community, and small businesses continue to serve the area.

Playground Yahr Park Fishing Farmington Neighborhood Tractor on Farm Baseball Game Yahr Park Beach Cows on Farm Farmington Town Hall Sunset Along Highway
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