Previous owners supervised county asylum, farm

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Ginny Hall | October 11, 2013

The Fincutter farm is located at W2347 Wisconsin Highway 11 just west of Spring Prairie. Here you can see the barn quilt titled “Blazing Star.”

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The 1857 plat map shows the owner of this property as C. Hempstead. By 1873 the plat book lists Jerimiah Sheffied as the owner. I was not able to find any information about these two early property owners.

The 1891 plat book shows the owner as W. Hemstreet. Then in 1907 the owner is listed as Fred Hemstreet. Frederick Hemstreet was an associate supervisor for the town of Spring Prairie in 1902 and on the county board from 1903 to 1905. He served as justice of the peace for the township in 1909 and 1910.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hemstreet became the superintendent and matron of the county institutions on April 1, 1919. In reviewing the county board records, I found that the Hemstreets made a report to the county board about the County Farm and Home on Nov. 1, 1927.

Fred continued to be listed as the superintendent of the County Farm, Home, Asylum and Hospital through 1943. 

The 1966 plat map shows this farm as being owned by their daughter, Ellen. She was listed in 1944 as the superintendent of the County Farm, Home and Asylum. She continued in this position until 1963. In 1948 the word “asylum” was eliminated from the title, but “hospital” was included again.

The 1977 plat book shows the property owners as Ray and Bernice Fincutter. This continued in the 1982 book. The current owners are Anthony J. and Diane L. Fincutter.

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