Muskego, Wisconsin Local History


The history of Muskego, in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, is told in the free online books and articles below. Also found here are links to records of past Federal and State censuses of Muskego.


For historic maps and directories of Muskego, see Muskego, Wisconsin Maps & Directories


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Books and Articles

The History of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, containing an account of its settlement, growth, development and resources

Chicago: Western Historical Society 1880
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(title continued) ” … an extensive and minute sketch of its cities, towns and villages – their improvements, industries, manufactories, churches, schools and societies; its war record, biographical sketches, portraits of prominent men and early settlers; the whole preceded by a history of Wisconsin, statistics of the state, and an abstract of its laws and constitution and of the constitution of the United States”

A short chapter about Muskego begins on page 764.

“More Anecdotes of Old Muskego”

Waukesha Freeman Newspaper Jan 18, 1917

Waukesha
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“Muskego: The Most Historic Norwegian Colony”

Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol 21, no. 2, Dec 1937, pp 129-138

Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Barton, Albert O.Go to Article


“First Colonists in Muskego”

Milwaukee Journal Newspaper July 22, 1917, pp1-2

Milwaukee
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“Sons of Norway Gather to Mark Newspaper Birth”

Milwaukee Sentinel Newspaper Jul 29, 1917

Milwaukee
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“The Old Muskego Settlement”

Waukesha Freeman Newspaper Sept 7, 1916, pp 1-9

Waukesha
Barton, A. O.Go to Article


The Civil War Letters of Colonel Hans Christian Heg

Northfield, MN: Norwegian-American Historical Association 1936
Blegen, Theodore C., ed.Go to Book


“Colonel Hans Christian Heg”

Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol 4, no. 2, Dec 1920, pp 140-165

Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Blegen, Theodore C.Go to Article


Historic Heg Memorial Park: photographic views and brief historical sketches

Racine: Racine County Historical Society 1975
Colbo, Ella Stratton Go to Book

(title continued) ” … of the outstanding points of interest in and about Heg Memorial Park, Racine County, Wisconsin”


Along the Right-of-Way to Burlington

Damaske 1994
Damaske, Charles H.Go to Book


Memoirs of Waukesha County. From the earliest historical times to the present with chapters on various subjects

Madison: Western Historical Association 1907
Haight, Theron Wilber Go to Book

(title continued) ” … including each of the different towns, and a genealogical and biographical record of representative families in the county, prepared from data obtained from original sources of information “

There is information relevant to Muskego’s history throughout, and a short chapter specifically about Muskego beginning on page 315.

“Sickness and Disease on the Wisconsin Frontier: Malaria, 1820-1850”

Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol 24, no. 32, Winter 1959-1960, pp 83-96

Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Harstad, Peter T.Go to Article

Contains information about epidemics in Muskego.

Muskego Boy

Augsburg publishing house 1943
Hong, Edna HatlestadGo to Book

Fiction for youth.

“Waukesha; “The Saratoga of the West””

Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol 24, no. 4, Jun 1941, pp 394-424

Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Krueger, LillianGo to Article


“An Architectural Remnant of Old Muskego: John Bergen’s Log House”

Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol 44, no. 1, Autumn 1960, pp 12-14

Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Perrin, Richard W. E.Go to Article


“Charles Durwin Parker”

Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol 9, no. 4, Jul 1926, pp 379-385

Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Showerman, GrantGo to Article

Charles Parker was a son of Luther Parker, Muskego’s first permanent settler, and part of the article is about Charles’ early life in Muskego. Charles went on to be a politician, and was elected Lt. Governor of Wisconsin.

“Narrative of Andrew J. Vieau, Sr.”

Wisconsin Historical Collections, Vol. XI (1888), pp. 218-237

Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Thwaites, Reuben Gold, ed.Go to Article

Written by Reuben Gold Thwaites from an interview conducted in 1887 at Fort Howard. A brother of Andrew Vieau, Amable Vieau, was one of Muskego’s earliest pioneers, and a second brother, Peter, settled there somewhat later. Their father, Jacques Vieau, was a French-Canadian employee of the Northwest Fur Company who established the first trading post where Milwaukee would later be founded. See also on this page “Narrative of Peter J. Vieau”.

“Narrative of Peter J. Vieau”

Wisconsin Historical Collections, Volume XV (1900), page 458

Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Thwaites, Reuben Gold, ed.Go to Article

Written by Reuben Gold Thwaites from an interview he conducted with Peter Vieau in Muskego Center in 1889. A brother of Peter Vieau, Amable Vieau, was one of Muskego’s earliest pioneers, and Peter settled there somewhat later. Their father, Jacques Vieau, was a French-Canadian employee of the Northwest Fur Company who established the first trading post where Milwaukee would later be founded. See also on this page “Narrative of Andrew J. Vieau”.


Censuses


U.S. Census

Federal censuses have been carried out in Waukesha county every 10 years since 1840. Copies of the Muskego census were found online for every Federal Census from 1840 to 1940, except 1890. Nearly all records of the 1890 Federal Census, for the entire nation, were destroyed in a Washington, D.C. fire in 1921. No data on individuals in censuses from 1950 to 2010 have yet been released, due to Federal laws protecting confidentiality of such data until 72 years after a census is taken.

Some census links are to the FamilySearch genealogy website, and you may be required to set up a free account in order to access these records.


Other Federal Censuses

1838 U.S. Census of Wisconsin Territory: Future Waukesha County

1838
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The U.S. Government took a census of the Territory of Wisconsin in 1838. The area that in 1846 would become Waukesha county was previously part of Milwaukee county. This link has the census data for residents of the future Waukesha county.

U.S. Census Mortality Schedules; Waukesha County

1850-1880
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The Federal Censuses of 1850 to 1880 included questions about the deaths of individuals occurring in the previous 12 months, and recorded the resulting information in ‘mortality schedules’.


Wisconsin State Censuses

Censuses were taken by the State of Wisconsin in 1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895 and 1905. Most records of the 1865 census, including those for Waukesha county, were later destroyed. In 1885, 1895 and 1905 Wisconsin’s Secretary of State listed every Civil War veteran living in the state and published these lists as appendices to the State Census. Links to these “Enumerations” are provided below.

Enumeration of Soldiers and Sailors of the Late War (Civil War)

1855-1905
1885 Muskego (image 9)|1895 Muskego (image 11)|1905 Wisconsin


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