WIRT

            The village of Wirt was established in 1884, although a general merchandise store had been there since July 1881.  The nearest post office was in Union Hill, about three miles northwest of Wirt.  This was eventually moved to Wirt.

            A two-story frame schoolhouse was finished in January 1886 at a cost of $2000. Two teachers are employed for 1886: E.R. Porter and Louie Campbell.  The enrollment is 60 students.

            Mr Noah published the first newspaper called "The Wasp".  He sold this to John Abrams, who changed the name to "The News".  The last publisher was John Thrall, who ceased publication in 1884.

            Businesses in 1886 were general stores, hardware, creamery, grocery stores, meat markets, blacksmiths, lumber yard, doctor and barber.





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