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8 www.randomlake.org It always was a premier farming area with several tributaries of the Milwaukee River providing ample moisture. Batavia became the first village of importance, and soon another hamlet called Beech- wood sprung up on the west side — on the shore of the 22-acre Beechwood Lake. In its heyday Batavia had a wide variety of commerce and it was a true commer- cial center but few businesses survived in the years after World War II. No man- ufacturing facilities or large employers are located in the Town of Scott, but there are several fine establishments of- fering camaraderie with good food and drink. Beechwood draws visitors to the Beechwood Rest Home and Beechwood Cheese. Batavia is the site of the Town of Scott Community Center, originally built and operated by the fire department. The Batavia Fire Department and Beechwood Fire Department remain active community organizations. Both are dispatched to any emergency in the Town of Scott. Members of both depart- ments also serve with the Batavia First Responders. The Beechwood Fire De- partment has an active auxiliary unit. When the one-room school districts were required to join a district with a high school, the eastern part of the town chose the Random Lake School District, while the western portion selected the Kewaskum School District. Since the 2010 Census, the Town of Scott also has two representatives on the Sheboygan County Board. The official Town of Scott pop- ulation estimate for 2012 is 1,835 (the 2010 Census had 1,836, and in 2000 it was 1,804). There seems to be proof that in 1846 John G. Aupperle be- came Scott's first settler. Oth- er early family names that are still familiar include Naumann, Mulder, Le Fever, Stolper, Rusch, Kaiser, Ebert, Kreutzinger and Hammen. The first town meeting was u ( i i c e s M K H Batavia & Beechwood Anchoring the southwestern corner of Sheboygan County is the Town of Scott. Batavia & Beechwood Batavia & Beechwood Batavia & Beechwood Beechwood Fire Department celebrates 100 years. Touring a historic Batavia home.

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