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Waubeka: Born by Water Power; Ignored by the Railroad Waubeka, the unincorporated village that hugs the North Branch on the Milwaukee River, looks like a quiet little place today. Visitors find a few taverns and other businesses plus an active fire department that was founded in 1899. Go back to the 50 years following America's Civil War, and you'd find Waubeka to be one of Ozaukee County's thriving business centers. It took until the 1900s for Waubeka's population to be exceeded by Fredonia and Random Lake, newer communities sparked by the railroad's arrival. This Town of Fredonia community bears the name of Chief Waubeka, one of 12 www.randomlake.org the many Native Americans who populated the place in the 1800s. Every town has a history, but fortunately the early history of Waubeka was written down by Dr. Bernard Cigrand, a native son who contributed to the Port Washington Star newspaper. Many of Cigrand's articles have been collected and edited by Mary Thill. Her three books should be required reading by anyone who wants to learn about the history of Ozaukee County, and Waubeka in particular (for more information contact the National Flag Day Foundation in Waubeka). If the Milwaukee River could talk, what

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