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Menomonie, seat of Dunn County, is a city in the western part of state of Wisconsin. Menomonie is home to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University. Through its library and archives, the university has made a number of resources available on its website.


Digital Collections


Knapp Diaries

This collection contains transcriptions of the diaries of John Holly Knapp, his wife Valeria, and his oldest son Henry. John Holly Knapp was a successful businessman in Menomonie. When he moved to the area in 1846 he purchased a half-interest in a sawmill, which grew to be one of the largest lumber companies in the world during the nineteenth century, Knapp, Stout & Co. The diaries are described as follows: “[They] cover the daily activities of his personal life as well as his participation in the management of the Knapp, Stout & Co., Company. Highlights include anything from fishing trips to his family's hasty evacuation from a hotel during the Great Chicago Fire.” The also discuss family members’ travels to Europe, the southern United States, and Asia. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view the diaries.


Searchable Databases


ARC Newspaper Index

This database is an index to announcements of births, deaths, anniversaries, and probate notices from local newspapers in Dunn, Pepin, and Barron counties. It covers the period from 1862 through 1930. The index may be searched by name, last name followed by first name. The search may be narrowed by newspaper title chosen from a dropdown list. There are seventeen titles in the list. The data fields in the search results are name, publication, publication date, newspaper location, article title, notes, and cross-reference. It is not clear what the dates refer to in the newspaper location field. The information found in the notes field generally describes the type of record or event (i.e. birthday, death, probate notice, heirs of, etc.).


County Court Records Index

This database is an index to county records for Barron, Dunn and Pepin Counties for the period from about 1855 to 1955. The holdings indexed include circuit court records, county court records, probates, naturalizations and other county records, funeral records and indexes to biographies. The database may be searched by name. The search results are in the form of page images. Your information will be highlighted in bold on the page.


Cemetery Indexes

Dunn County Cemetery: This database contains information transcribed from headstones found in Dunn County cemeteries for the period from the 1850s to 1994. The database may be searched by last name, first name, and cemetery name. Please be advised that I did not find a comprehensive list of cemeteries on the website, which makes searching by cemetery name difficult. The data fields may include full name, death date, relationship (spouse of/child of), birth date, township, cemetery name, section, and notes.



Evergreen Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery, located in Menomonie Township, is the largest in the county. Evergreen Cemetery was organized, in 1873, by Knapp, Stout & Co. The index contains all recorded burials from 1873 through 2003. The database may be searched by last name. The data fields may include any or all of the following: date of death, first name, last name, date of burial, cause of death, age at death, residency, marital status, place of birth, nation, mother’s name, father’s name, military status, where buried, final burial number, and book and page number.


Name Index from History of Dunn County

This database is a name index to the 1925 History of Dunn County. It was created by a University of Wisconsin-Stout student and placed on the web for local history researchers. You may search the database by last name, first name, and maiden name, which are the data fields in the search results. Click on the ‘Open Page?’ links that are in PDF format to view pages from the book that have been digitized and uploaded to the website.

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