THE HISTORY OF EAU GALLE

Eau Galle is a small town on the Eau Galle River/Lake. Eau Galle is a town with a long history, though the important events now lie in its past. White man are said to have made their appearance on the Eau Galle River as early as 1832. The real history began in 1838 - 1839 when Captain George Wales and Thomas Savage came to Eau Galle. They built the first water powered saw mill in the area. It took them over a year to build both the mill and the dam to run it. The mill brought many jobs to Eau Galle, and more or less made the town of Eau Galle, by bringing businesses in. Eau Galle use to be quite a big town, a logging town that is. In 1844 Captain George Whales retired and Carlson and Rand took over the mill. By 1879 or 1880 all the lumber in the Eau Galle area had been cut, and the saw mill was remodeled into a rolling flour mill, which was also the first in the area. But in 1899 the mill burnt down and was not rebuilt; since then Eau Galle hasn't seen anything like its former activity and is, today a quiet farming community.

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This information was found in The Dunn County News paper special edition of Wednesday, July 7, 1976, and was converted to this page by Angie Weissinger.