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Mosinee, Wisconsin
City
Location of Mosinee in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Location of Mosinee in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Mosinee, Wisconsin is located in Wisconsin
Mosinee, Wisconsin
Mosinee, Wisconsin
Location in Wisconsin
Mosinee, Wisconsin is located in the United States
Mosinee, Wisconsin
Mosinee, Wisconsin
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Marathon
Area
 • Total 8.40 sq mi (22.59 km2)
 • Land 7.86 sq mi (20.35 km2)
 • Water 0.87 sq mi (2.24 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,452
 • Density 518.33/sq mi (200.13/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
54455
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-54500
MosineeWisconsinDOTSign
Sign on Wisconsin Highway 153
MosineeWisconsinDowntown
Downtown Mosinee

Mosinee is a city in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,988 at the 2010 census.

History

Mock Communist invasion

On May 1, 1950, local residents acting as Communist invaders seized control of Mosinee.

The action was a part of an elaborate pageant organized by the Wisconsin Department of the American Legion. The "Communists" dragged Mayor Ralph E. Kronenwetter and Police Chief Carl Gewiss out of their beds. Mayor Kronenwetter surrendered at 10:15 AM in the town's new "Red Square" with a pistol to his back. The police chief was reported to have resisted and was "liquidated".

Roadblocks were set up around Mosinee, the library was "purged", prices of goods were inflated for the duration of the coup, and local restaurants served Russian black bread and potato soup for lunch.

As he arrived at a rally to restore democracy to the community the night of May 1 Mayor Kronenwetter suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and never regained consciousness. He died five days later on May 6, 1950 at age 49. The mayor's doctor said the excitement and exertion probably contributed to his collapse.

Franklin Baker, commander of the local American Legion post, said, "It was a terrible coincidence."

Local minister Will La Brew Bennett, 72, who, during the Communist invasion, demonstrated to the media how he would hide his Bible in the church organ if the Communists really invaded and was herded with other residents into a barbed-wire ringed "concentration camp" near "Red Square", was found dead in his bed hours after the mayor's death on May 7, 1950.

Geography

Mosinee is located at 44°47'30" North, 89°42'19" West (44.791709, −89.705301).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.54 square miles (22.12 km2), of which, 7.77 square miles (20.12 km2) is land and 0.77 square miles (1.99 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 201
1890 427 112.4%
1900 657 53.9%
1910 482 −26.6%
1920 1,161 140.9%
1930 1,229 5.9%
1940 1,361 10.7%
1950 1,453 6.8%
1960 2,067 42.3%
1970 2,395 15.9%
1980 3,015 25.9%
1990 3,820 26.7%
2000 4,063 6.4%
2010 3,988 −1.8%
Est. 2019 4,072 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,988 people, 1,660 households, and 1,110 families residing in the city. The population density was 513.3 inhabitants per square mile (198.2/km2). There were 1,791 housing units at an average density of 230.5 per square mile (89.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population

There were 1,660 households, of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.1% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 39.1 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

Transportation

Airport

Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) is located 2 miles (3 km) southeast of the Mosinee central business district. The airport provides both scheduled commercial jet service and general aviation services. Commercial jet service is expected to end in early 2022.

On October 24, 2018, the airport was the site of a Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" rally. Attendees lined up to gain entry to the rally up to 29 hours before the event was scheduled to begin. Participation in the event by local citizens is considered to be an embarrassment.

Education

Joseph Dessert Library

Joseph Dessert came from Canada to Mosinee (then known as "Little Bull Falls") in 1844. He built and equipped a free library for the community. Dedicated on February 11, 1899, the building was used as a library, as well as a post office, village hall, and school, and it was the scene of many community events, including dances and balls. The library was the only place in the community with theater facilities, so amateur plays were often presented there, and school commencements were held in the Grand Hall. The library existed as a city library until 1974, when the library and municipal boards recommended that the Joseph Dessert Library should join the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL). Since then, it has also come to be known as the MCPL – Mosinee Branch.

Celebrations have marked two significant anniversaries for the library, the first in 1949 at the 50th anniversary, and the second in 1999 at the time of the library's 100th year. Several renovations have also taken place, with the most recent occurring in 1995 as part of a county-wide building and improvement program for libraries. Today, the library maintains its status in the City of Mosinee as both an important community service and as a building significant to the history of the community. The library building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Notable people

  • John Altenburgh, Jazz/Blues musician and composer
  • Cole Caufield, NHL hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens
  • Kevin Cywinski, NASCAR driver
  • Willis F. La Du, state legislator
  • Kole Heckendorf, football player
  • William A. Kasten, state legislator
  • Sebastian Kronenwetter, pioneer, businessman, state legislator
  • Thomas J. Springer, state legislator
  • Henry M. Thompson, state legislator
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