Farm on south side of Withee
|• Total||0.83 sq mi (2.15 km2)|
|• Land||0.83 sq mi (2.15 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,247 ft (380 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||480|
|• Density||586.7/sq mi (226.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||715 & 534|
|GNIS feature ID||1584465|
Withee is a village in Clark County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 487 at the 2010 census. There is also the Town of Withee, which is also in Clark County several miles west of the village. The village is located mostly within the Town of Hixon, while a small portion extends south into the Town of Longwood.
Withee is located at (44.955168, -90.598908).
As of the census of 2010, there were 487 people, 232 households, and 131 families residing in the village. The population density was 586.7 inhabitants per square mile (226.5/km2). There were 254 housing units at an average density of 306.0 per square mile (118.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.0% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.
There were 232 households of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.5% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.76.
The median age in the village was 45.5 years. 21.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 31.4% were from 45 to 64; and 19.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 507 people, 213 households, and 142 families residing in the village. The population density was 606.2 people per square mile (233.5/km²). There were 228 housing units at an average density of 272.1 per square mile (104.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.43% White, 0.39% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 0.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 213 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the village the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $29,625, and the median income for a family was $38,542. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,874. About 3.8% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.
Withee was founded in 1870, named after a Maine schoolteacher. It became an incorporated village in 1901, and was the principle shipping point for D.J. Shipping Mills through the Soo Line Railroad.
In 1893 a Danish Lutheran minister from Chicago, a follower of Grundtvig, moved with a few families into the town of Hixon north of Withee to form a Danish community and church. Other Danes joined them from around the state and by 1896 the congregation included thirty families. The Danish language was spoken and in 1913 the community even hired a teacher of Danish folk-dancing and gymnastics. Gradually the Danish community blended with the surrounding English speakers, but Nazareth Lutheran church remains.
Today Withee is largely a farming community located one mile from the town of Owen. Although the Village of Withee and the City of Owen are separate municipalities, they operate and communicate as one large community, even sharing the same elementary and high school, the Owen-Withee school district.
An interesting point about Withee being such a large farming community is that many Mennonites have settled here, and now make up a large portion of the population. They have many farms, and run several greenhouses and stores. The best known store in the area is Hene Supply, located on the corner of X and Frenchtown Road.
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- Jensen, Joan M. (2006). Calling this Place Home: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier 1850-1925. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society. pp. 27–29.