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52 www.randomlake.org Across the United States there are a dozen small communities bearing the name "Silver Creek," but only one in Wisconsin. The unincorporated village of Silver Creek is located in the southwestern corner of the Town of Sherman. The heart of Silver Creek is its active fire department (organized in 1917) and its fire department auxiliary. But there was a day when Silver Creek was a commercial center for area farm folks. Immigrants from present day Germany made up most of the Silver Creek set- tlers, arriving about the same time that Wisconsin achieved statehood. Many of those early settler names remain: Risse, Schroeter, Goehring, Gessner, Mueller, Jung and more. In 1851 a split log and mud school building was erected at the intersection of State Highway 144 and County Road DE. In 1872 this building was replaced with a fieldstone structure, and in 1899 another school was constructed at the current site of the Silver Creek Fire House. In the last half of the 19th Century Sil- ver Creek had a brewery, distillery, black- smith shop, soda water factory, sawmill, cheese factory, flour and grist mill, and a post office (from 1872 to 1903). The commercial growth began to decline in 1872, when the Milwaukee & North- ern Railroad bypassed Silver Creek for a more level route through Random Lake. St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Con- In beautiful Downtown Silver Creek Open 7 days a week W6498 Hwy 144 920-447-3087 w a t H v s c a c i Silver Creek Silver Creek Silver Creek Silver Creek Silver Creek Silver Back in the Day Erwin " Powerhouse " Arndt Showing the SCFD members the High Pressure on their just delivered Pumper. ( photo by Fireman Dick Junge )

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