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80 www.randomlake.org The Town of Sherman has the unincorporated village of Silver Creek located in its southwest- ern corner. Across the United States there are a dozen small commu- nities bearing the name "Silver Creek," but only one in Wisconsin. The heart of Silver Creek is its active fire department (organized in 1917) and its fire de- partment auxiliary. But there was a day when Silver Creek was a com- mercial center for area farm folks. Emigrants from pres- ent day Germany made up most of the Silver Creek settlers, arriving about the same time that Wisconsin achieved statehood. Many of those early settler names remain: Risse, Schroeter, Goeh- ring, Gessner, Mueller, Jung and more. In 1851 a split log and mud school building was erected at the inter- section of State Highway 144 and County Road DE. In 1872 this build- ing 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 Silver Creek had a brewery, dis- tillery, blacksmith shop, soda water factory, sawmill, cheese factory, flour and grist mill, and a post office (from 1872 to 1903). The commer- cial 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 Congrega- tion first assembled in Silver Creek homes in 1868. On Oct. 26, 1872, a brick church was ded- icated. In 1873, Gotthelf Risse returned to Ger- many to procure a top quality bell for the new church. The church was en- larged and redecorated in 1929, and the 1957 merger with Congregational SILVER CREEK Ralph E. Garbisch 1/14/1929 - 2/5/1951 Sgt. Garbisch, a graduate of Random Lake High School, enlisted in the Army Reserve on Dec. 2, 1949. On Oct. 19, 1950 he was called to active duty and served in the Korean War with Company B of the 25th Infantry Division. Less than four months later he was killed in action in South Korea. We Honor a Hometown Hero Have you visited the Community Park?

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