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In another column will be observed the advertisement of Bade & Schram, proprietors of the Plymouth Carriage Repository. Owing to the enviable and extensive reputation of their carriages, cutters and their work in general, which by the way is well earned and sustained, it is with difficulty they can supply the demand for their goods.

Plymouth Reporter – Mar. 30, 1882


Old Plymouth Drug Store. C. Pfeifer, successor to Julius Schlaich, dealer in drugs, medicines, books, stationary and musical merchandise. Pure wines and liquors for medical purposes. Physicians’ prescriptions carefully compounded. None but pure drugs and articles of the first quality kept.

Plymouth Reporter – April 20, 1882

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It's All in a Name

Plymouth was first surveyed in 1835 and was called Ta-quit-qui-oc, or Crooked River by local Indians.

Plymouth’s first settler, Isaac Thorp, arrived in 1845.  The Thorp family built a log home, cleared land, and within a few weeks planted crops to sustain themselves.  Shortly after, Henry Davidson, and his son Thomas came from Hartford, Connecticut. They were attracted by the natural beauty of the area and settled on land near a cold spring. Henry wished to name the settlement Springfield because of the cold spring. However, Thomas, who had just lost his sweetheart, decided to name it Plymouth, after the Connecticut city where she had lived and died.

Geographically Speaking

Plymouth is located in the center of Sheboygan County and has been known as Hub City because of its central location and for the manufacture of wooden hubs used in early transportation. Plymouth was also popularly known as the Cheese Capital of the world for its numerous cheese plants. Until 1955, the Cheese Exchange in Plymouth helped to establish and influence national cheese prices.

Many beautiful structures are found throughout Plymouth and can be viewed by following a self-guided walking tour. The downtown is a jewel of cream city brick and wonderful architecture.

Plymouth's First Mayor

In 1877 Otto Puhlman was elected as Plymouth's first Mayor. He served as Secretary of the first Fire Department in 1868. Mr. Puhlman was instrumental is incorporating Plymouth as a city. His team of horses worked to help keep Plymouth's city streets clean.

 

 

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