New Holstein, Wisconsin facts for kids
|New Holstein, Wisconsin|
Main Street in New Holstein
Location of New Holstein, Wisconsin
|• Total||2.50 sq mi (6.47 km2)|
|• Land||2.50 sq mi (6.47 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||932 ft (284 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||3,251|
|• Density||1,294.4/sq mi (499.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1570219|
New Holstein is named after the Schleswig-Holstein region in Germany from which many early settlers emigrated. In 1848, 70 people from Hamburg, Germany emigrated to the New Holstein area, forming the basis of what would become the present city. Many settlers were intellectuals who feared an impending war as a result of competing claims to the territory. Settlers originally named the community Altona after Altona, Hamburg, Germany. As the amount of mail received in Altona increased, the United States Post Office wanted Altona to be renamed because the community's name was too close to Altoona in western Wisconsin.
The first settlers in the city were Charles Greening and two of his companions. Dr. Charles Bock arrived shortly afterwards. The first postmaster was Monsignor Puchner, a Roman Catholic priest. In 1849 the town was organized, with the first chairman being Greening, who was named county judge in 1855. Settlers continued arriving from Germany throughout the mid-nineteenth century. A drama troupe was organized in 1851.
Railroad service was planned at meetings in 1871. A depot was built and the railroad arrived in 1872. The railroad named the station "New Holstein" after the town. Mail then came to the community on trains instead of via the Pony Express. The first post office was built shortly after rail service started.
By 1881, the community comprised about 400 residents, all of whom were either Germans or of German descent. The village covered over one square mile. That year it had two public halls, three hotels, a fire insurance company, and a cemetery. New Holstein's principal business was a flour mill. Near the railroad depot was a grain elevator owned by Herman Timm.
In 1900 the census reported a population of 569. New Holstein was incorporated as a village the following year. The first lights were installed in the city in 1912.
New Holstein became a city in April 1926. The first city council was: Mayor Edward Funke, City Clerk Harvey C. Hansen, City Council President Peter Hass, Aldermen Gilbert Hipke, Robert Schilling, Louie Schaar, Edgar Lange, W. W. Lauson, Henry Schmitt, and Harry C. Hass, Superintendent of Water Works Henry Aggen, Fire Chief Walter Mathes, Assessor Arthur Roehl,and City Attorney George M. Goggins.
For more information about New Holstein history, visit the New Holstein Historical Society website. http://www.newholsteinhistory.info
The current mayor is Dianne K. Reese. The current chief of police is Brian Reedy. The current fire chief is Denis Mayer.
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.50 square miles (6.47 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,236 people, 1,394 households, and 887 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,294.4 inhabitants per square mile (499.8/km2). There were 1,520 housing units at an average density of 608.0 per square mile (234.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.5% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.
There were 1,394 households of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.82.
The median age in the city was 44.7 years. 20.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.3% were from 45 to 64; and 22.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,301 people, 1,329 households, and 886 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,415.9 people per square mile (547.0/km²). There were 1,394 housing units at an average density of 597.9 per square mile (231.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.49% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,329 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city, the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $43,180, and the median income for a family was $48,173. Males had a median income of $35,932 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,911. About 1.2% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.
New Holstein Municipal Airport (8D1) serves the city and surrounding communities.
- Herman C. Timm House
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