Location of Wausaukee, Wisconsin
|• Total||1.41 sq mi (3.65 km2)|
|• Land||1.40 sq mi (3.63 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||774 ft (236 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||578|
|• Density||410.7/sq mi (158.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||715 & 534|
|GNIS feature ID||1584382|
Wausaukee is located at (45.3767, -87.9561).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.41 square miles (3.65 km2), of which, 1.40 square miles (3.63 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.
Wausaukee is a Menominee word that means “river in the hills.” The town was started in 1863 by John S. Monroe, who bought 160 acres of land from Lars Kovala and built a mill to supply the railroads with lumber for bridges and culverts. His first building was a log cabin home that was also used to board the mill workers. Eventually as the town grew more and people moved in, his log cabin grew into an Inn and was the only public eating establishment north of Green Bay.
As of the census of 2010, there were 575 people, 275 households, and 145 families residing in the village. The population density was 410.7 inhabitants per square mile (158.6/km2). There were 325 housing units at an average density of 232.1 per square mile (89.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.7% White, 1.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.
There were 275 households of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.5% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.3% were non-families. 41.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 24% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.78.
The median age in the village was 43.3 years. 22.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.6% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 22.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 572 people, 251 households, and 150 families residing in the village. The population density was 402.4 people per square mile (155.5/km²). There were 294 housing units at an average density of 206.8 per square mile (79.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.50% White, 0.87% Black or African American, 22.22% Native American, 0.17% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 0.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 251 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the village the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 84.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $25,313, and the median income for a family was $35,833. Males had a median income of $30,313 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,098. About 17.5% of families and 23.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.8% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.
News Over the Years
On August 19, 2011 at 4:45pm, a F-1 Class tornado struck Wausaukee. An F-1 Class tornado is classified as one with wind speeds between 86–110 miles per hour. One fatality was recorded from the uprooting of a trailer on the Bucks Recycling property. Douglas Brem was inside the trailer when it was lifted and turned over crushing him within the structure. Brem had recently moved to the Wausaukee Area and had been a resident only about a week. The heaviest structural damages were to Bucks Recycling center, the 4 trailers on the lot, School perimeter fence line, various homes throughout the Village, and the Ballas Ball Field. Hundreds of trees were uprooted or broken off throughout the 7-8 mile path.
On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 around 2:00pm, a bank robber identified as Steven Timothy Snyder entered the State Bank of Florence in downtown Wausaukee. Snyder displayed a handgun and fired one round before robbing the bank of cash. He then fled the bank in a stolen bank employee’s vehicle. Just after 2:30 p.m., another call came in to the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office regarding a male victim found along Jermac Road — just east of Wausaukee near a pickup truck that was still running. That man, now identified as Thomas Christ, was found to be deceased. Later, Snyder encountered Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Trevor Casper who had identified him and the vehicle. The suspect (Snyder) exchanged gunfire with the trooper — and both were killed. The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. in the 100 block of N. Berger Parkway in Fond du Lac. According to the Officers Down Memorial Page, Casper is the 279th law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in Wisconsin history. At 21, he is the youngest law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. 1972 was the last time a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper was killed by gunfire.
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