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Local History

Pepin County Plat Map

Pepin County Plat Map 1877

This is the Pepin County plat map from 1877.  It was donated in memory of Ruth Varnum Alvord Hartung Swanson by her son Dan Alvord.  It lists the land owners in 1877.  It also features a distance chart between several prominant locations throughout the county, statistics for the various townships and a business directory of businesses of the time.  It is on permanent display in the library’s reading room.

Village of Pepin Map 1886

Village Street Map 1886

This is the Pepin village street map from 1886.  It was donated in memory of Ruth Varnum Alvord Hartung Swanson by her son Dan Alvord.  It shows the streets as platted for the village, including a street on each end of the village that were never opened or developed.  It also shows the location of the park in an alternate location than where it is currently found.  The railroad was built in 1886 and is not marked on this map. This map is on permanent display in the library’s reading room.

Pepin Name Quilt

Pepin Community Name Quilt

This is the Pepin name quilt.  It was donated in memory of Rita Sinjen Moline and Lucy Sinjen by their daughters/granddaughters Dana Moline and Wanda Moline Haas.  It includes approximately 300 distinct names, some of which are repeated.  The names are of residents of the Village of Pepin, Hicks Valley, Big Hill, Pepin Hill, Little Plum Valley and a couple of businesses.  It is unknown who actually created it and for what reason.  It is believed that Rita and Lucy were instrumental in its creation. Research found that this quilt was created before 1943, but no actual date has been found.  The quilt is on permanent display in the main room of the library.

Town of Pepin Records

Voting lists, road orders, personal property lists and more starting in 1857.

Local Obituaries, Marriages & Births

An index to birth, death, divorce and marriage notices found in the Greater West-Central Wisconsin area from approximately 1900 to 1950.

Local History Collections: UW Digital Collections

Includes: texts (including community records, local history narratives and retrospectives, high school yearbooks, and maps) and images of community sites, events, and residents.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Letters

From the Wisconsin Historical Society collection.

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