Adams, Green County, Wisconsin

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Adams, Wisconsin
Town
Location of Adams, Wisconsin
Location of Adams, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°43′13″N 89°45′48″W / 42.72028°N 89.76333°W / 42.72028; -89.76333Coordinates: 42°43′13″N 89°45′48″W / 42.72028°N 89.76333°W / 42.72028; -89.76333
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Green
Area
 • Total 36.2 sq mi (93.7 km2)
 • Land 36.2 sq mi (93.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 843 ft (257 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 464
 • Density 12.8/sq mi (5.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-00325[2]
GNIS feature ID 1582655[1]

Adams is a town in Green County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 464 at the 2000 Census.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.7 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 464 people, 165 households, and 121 families residing in the town. The population density was 12.8 people per square mile (5.0/km²). There were 180 housing units at an average density of 5.0 per square mile (1.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.49% White, 0.86% African American, 0.22% Native American, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.22% of the population.

There were 165 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.3% were married couples living together, 1.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 108.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,731, and the median income for a family was $48,750. Males had a median income of $30,208 versus $24,688 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,826. About 6.3% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

The earliest settlers were Cornish lead miners; they were followed by settlers from New England, Ireland, Switzerland, and Norway. The town has been the home of a Lutheran and a Catholic parish. Saint Francis Catholic Church was formed and built by Catholic immigrants from Ireland, but later the parish merged with Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Argyle, Wisconsin and the church was eventually torn down; only the cemetery remains intact.

Adams Lutheran Church, ELCA, was formed by Norwegian immigrants from the Valdres and Hadeland areas of Norway and was originally served by clergy of the Church of Norway, but later it became a member of the Conference of the Norwegian-Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Under the increasing influence of the Haugean pietist movement among Norwegian American clergy and parishes, it joined a group originally called the Friends of Augsburg College, which subsequently became the Lutheran Free Church. Later, when it began to call its pastors from clergy of The American Lutheran Church, it became a member of that body. It became a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America when The American Lutheran Church merged with two other Lutheran synods.

The original church was built by the first parishioners during the American Civil War from limestone quarried from a site below the ridge on which the church stood. Later the inside walls of the sanctuary were covered with a darkly varnished wooden wainscoting) of a very distinctive herringbone pattern. After serving the parish for almost a century and a half this church burned and a new church build on a site immediately adjacent to the original site within a year.[3]

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