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April 6, 2020
Question: What was the first official “street” laid out for the City of Manitowoc?
Answer: Chicago “street”
By early 1837 a boat of 40 prospective settlers arrived, carried north of the lake schooner Elwellyn. Some of the area’s oldest families are descended from these arrivals who first came to the crude village and lived in one of these early log cabins. Oliver C. Hubbard, D.S. Munger, Moses Hubbard, Benjamin Jones and others all built their homes near “Chicago Street”, which was laid out by the first settlers – who were Chicago Investors.
March 30, 2020
Questions: Who is considered the Father of the City of Manitowoc?
Answer: Benjamin Jones.
The Manitowoc Land Company was formed in 1836 by Chicago Investors led by the team of William and Benjamin Jones (brothers). The company bought more than 2,000 acres and arranged for a team of mean to begin to plat a future town site near the mouth of the Manitowoc River. However, of the large amount of men assigned to the task, only 5 were hardy enough to begin the chore. The rest were frightened by the dark pine forests and forbidding wilderness and walked down the beach back to Sheboygan and on to Chicago.
About Ben Jones:
Benjamin Jones was both in Massachusetts in 1795. At the age of sixteen he enlisted in the War of 1812. He moved to Chicago in 1833 and became a successful merchant.
Mr. Jones began speculating in land and purchased about 2,000 acres of timber land at the mouth of the Manitowoc River. Upon his arrival in 1837, he set up lumber mills, shipping the product to Chicago. His was the first house erected in Manitowoc where his daughter was the first white child born in the county.
Benjamin Jones was a generous man donating sites for parks, schools and churches in Manitowoc. The present Washington and Union parks as well as the old Madison school grounds were his gifts.
His only son, Hon. A.D. Jones, was mayor of Manitowoc from 1872 to 1877; city clerk from 1878 to 1881; and served one term as county registrar of deeds in 1881-1882.
After a long and successful business career in Manitowoc dealing in real estate, millwork, and other business enterprises, "Uncle Ben", as he was affectionately known, died and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Chicago in 1881.