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Withee, Wisconsin
Farm on south side of Withee
Farm on south side of Withee
Location of Withee in Clark County, Wisconsin.
Location of Withee in Clark County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Clark
Area
 • Total 0.83 sq mi (2.16 km2)
 • Land 0.83 sq mi (2.16 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,247 ft (380 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 487
 • Estimate 
(2019)
476
 • Density 572.12/sq mi (220.81/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-88300
GNIS feature ID 1576921

Withee is a village in Clark County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 487 at the 2010 census. The village is located mostly within the Town of Hixon, with a small portion extending south into the Town of Longwood.

History

Withee was founded in 1870, named after a Maine schoolteacher. It became an incorporated village in 1901, and was the principal shipping point for D.J. Shipping Mills through the Soo Line Railroad.

In 1893 a Danish Lutheran minister from Chicago, a follower of Grundtvig, moved with a few families into the town of Hixon north of Withee to form a Danish community and church. Other Danes joined them from around the state and by 1896 the congregation included thirty families. The Danish language was spoken and in 1913 the community even hired a teacher of Danish folk-dancing and gymnastics. Gradually the Danish community blended with the surrounding English speakers, but Nazareth Lutheran church remains.

Today Withee is largely a farming community located one mile from the town of Owen. Although the Village of Withee and the City of Owen are separate municipalities, they operate and communicate as one large community, even sharing the same elementary and high school, the Owen-Withee school district.

Geography

Withee is located at 44°57′18″N 90°35′56″W / 44.95500°N 90.59889°W / 44.95500; -90.59889 (44.955168, -90.598908).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.83 square miles (2.15 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 443
1920 380 −14.2%
1930 380 0.0%
1940 329 −13.4%
1950 421 28.0%
1960 442 5.0%
1970 480 8.6%
1980 509 6.0%
1990 503 −1.2%
2000 508 1.0%
2010 487 −4.1%
2019 (est.) 476 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 487 people, 232 households, and 131 families living in the village. The population density was 586.7 inhabitants per square mile (226.5/km2). There were 254 housing units at an average density of 306.0 per square mile (118.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.0% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 232 households, of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.5% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the village was 45.5 years. 21.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 31.4% were from 45 to 64; and 19.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Local Attractions

  • Munson Bridge Winery - Wine tasting | Live music | Wedding venue (Located north of Withee)
  • Black River Apple Orchard - Cider | Snow Sweet | Connell Reds | Honey Crisp (Located on County Highway O, between Withee, WI, and Thorp, WI)
  • Meadowview Golf Course & Mulligans Restaurant & Pub - 9 Hole Golf Course | Golf leagues | Dinner and drinks (Located east of Withee)


Notable people

  • Bruce F. Beilfuss, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
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