1921 Worden History

Clark Co., Wisconsin

Transcribed by Stan


Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 12/08/1921


Busy Bee School (formerly called "Gorman"), Worden Township, Clark Co., WI

Photo provided by the Thorp Area Museum


This school is located in the near center of the Town of Worden, this school boasts of a Rhythm and a harmonica band. Instructor, Mr. George Soderberg. Number in graduating class, 5. Total attendance, 27.  Motto: "We do Our Best."


The Article below was provided by Belle Laurent

Age 12, Grade 7; Busy Bee School District No. 6, Located in the Northeast corner of Section 16


It was in 1879 when the first settlers came to the town of Worden, Clark County, Wis.. Some of them were Mr. Mable, Mr. Foley, Mr. Druss (Burss?) and Mr. Sloan. It was very difficult for them to start in a wild forest for nothing could be raised until the land was cleared. They built log houses, made logging roads, and began to clear the land. They hauled the logs to the sawmill and landing with oxen. They did not get much for the logs for timber was not worthy much at that time.

It took a number of years before they could raise a good crop for the clearings were too small and the land did not dry out.

In the spring of 1883 my grandfather and uncle, Mr. Burke came to this country looking for land and they bought a quarter of a section for fifteen hundred dollars in east Worden Section thirteen. In the fall my uncle moved his family up here and built a log house and barn on his eighty acre farm. In 1895 he bought another eighty from my grandfather and built a beautiful house and barn on it.

In 1919 he sold his farm to his son for twenty-five thousand dollars.

Many of the old settlers that are living have moved to town and are taking life easy. They are enjoying themselves riding in automobiles.

The town of Worden is situated in the northwestern part of Clark County. It is bounded by the town of Thorp on the north, the town of Butler on the south, the town of Reseburg on the east, and Chippewa County on the west. It is divided into thirty-six square miles. The North Fork River flows about through the center of it from the north to the south, and the Wolf River cuts off a strip of the western part. They have built some more expensive bridges in the last ten year. The town of Worden has a population from eighteen to forty-five people per square mile. The northern part is more thickly populated because it is near a railroad station. Most of the land is cleared and under cultivation. Much improvement has been made on the roads by hauling gravel, especially on the main roads. There has been much turnpiking done in the southern part and more settlers are coming in. The northern part has mostly all fine buildings. The town of Worden has seven school houses, seven cheese factories, one town hall, two churches, one cemetery, two sawmills and one pea vinery.

This is considered one of the best towns for dairying in the state. Many cattle are raised, of which Holsteins are the leaders. It is also considered good for agriculture as the country is level and holds its moisture. There are very few rocks comparing with many other countries. The chief crops are corn, oats, wheat, barley, hay and potatoes.

We can be thankful that we live in the good old town of Worden.

Notes: The Laurent Family lived in the middle of the eastern side of section 10.

1910 Federal Census, Worden Township, Clark Co., WI--Dwelling 16, Family #17; pg. 39, 1B

(Information provided by Debra Sanger)

Name Relationship Gender Married Age Race Birth Place Occupation Father's Birth Place Mother's Birth Place
Laurent, Frank Head Male Married 51 white Pennsylvania      
Laurent, Margaret Wife Female Married 40 white Wisconsin      
Laurent, Francis Son? Male? Single 8 white Wisconsin   Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Laurent, Arthur Son Male Single 6 white Wisconsin   Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Laurent, Margaret Daughter Female Single 4 white Wisconsin   Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Laurent, Elnora Daughter Female Single 2 white Wisconsin   Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Laurent, Belle Daughter Female Single 11 mo. white Wisconsin   Pennsylvania Wisconsin


1930 Federal Census, Worden Township, Clark Co., WI--ED #45, Dwelling 177, Family #178; pg. 10A

(Information provided by Debra Sanger)

Name Relationship Gender Married Age Race Birth Place Occupation Father's Birth Place Mother's Birth Place
Laurent, Margaret Head Female Widowed 60 white Wisconsin      
Laurent, Arthur Son Male Single 26 white Wisconsin   Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Laurent, Eugene Son Male Single 18 white Wisconsin   Pennsylvania Wisconsin

NO Belle

Obit of Belle Laurent Harth



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