CITY OF KAUKAUNA TIMELINE
Jean Nicolet was possibly the first European to view the great rapids at Kaukauna
Father Claude Allouez in his diary.”On the 18th day of April 1670, we made a portage which they call Kakalin. Our sailors drew the canoe through the rapids; I walked on the banks of the river where I found apple trees and vine stalks in great abundance”
Charles de Langlade, son of Augustin de Langlade and Domitelle, sister to the head of the Ottawa, born in Mackinac.
Charles de Langlade with a force of 200 Ottawa attacks the Miami village of Pickawillany — signalling the start of the French-Indian (or Seven Year’s) War.
De Langlade and his Ottawa are given credit for planning the attack in which Braddock and the English were defeated at Fort Duquesne.
De Langlade and 400 Indians join Montcalm in the defense of Quebec. The French surrender and the French and Indian (SevenYears) War ends.
Charles de Langlade and his son-in-law, Pierre Grignon, open a trading post at Grand Kakalin
The Treaty of Paris is signed in which Wisconsin becomes a part of the British Empire.
Augsutin de Langlade and his son, Charles, first come to Green Bay.
Charles de Langlade marries Charlotte Ambroisine Bourassa, a daughter from this union marries Pierre Grignon.
The de Langlade family moves to Green Bay.
First recorded sale of land in Wisconsin occurs when Dominique DuCharme buys 1,282 acres of land that is today’s Kaukauna from Wapisipine and Le Black Tobacco for two barrels of rum.
At this time, Kakalin was a village of over 1,500 inhabitants, mostly Indians and French-Indian traders. One resident is Dan McCrea, a Scotsman married to a Menominee woman, and whose daughter, Nancy would become Augustine’s wife.
Pierre Grignon dies, and his son, Augustin, takes charge of the trading post.
Augustin Grignon and Nancy McCrea are married.
John Jacob Astor founds the American Fur Company
War of 1812
Paul Ducharme leaves Kaukauna for Green Bay because of the uncertainties of the the War of 1812
Paul Ducharme sells a portion of the land in Kaukauna, including Dominique’s cabin to Augustin Grignon.
Augustine Grignon actually settles in Kaukauna to join his wife, Nancy McCrea, and therir children
Treaty of Ghent signed December 24th, ends British rule in Wisconsin.
Augustin Grignon builds a grist mill on his property, and a sawmill shortly after.
The Stockbridge and Munee tribes settle on the south side of the river at Statesburg.
“…the first real road to be opened in Wisconsin was laid out in 1824 along the east side of the Fox, from Green Bay to Kaukauna.” (Thwaites)
Daniel Whitney builds a sawmill on the south side of Kaukauna almost opposite Grignon’s.
In spring, Rev. Jesse Miner arrives to minister to the Stickbridge and Munsee tribes living in Statesburg on the south side of the river.
Augustin and Nancy Grignon leave Kaukauna for their holdings in Buttes des Morts. Their sons, Charles and Alexander take over the business and family homestead.
The Black Hawk War.
Dam dug at DePere — one of the first construction projects which was part of the Fox River Locks system.
Paul Beaulieu settles on the south side of Kaukauna (on the hill east of Konkapot Creek). He and James Boyd, a son-in-law to George Lawe, buy and operate Whitney’s sawmill.
Paul Ducharme sells the remainder of his Kaukauna holdings to Judge John Lawe to cove his debts to Lawe. Lawe in turn gives the holdings to his son, George.
Charles Grignon builds his “mansion in the woods” as a gift for his bride, Mary Elizabeth Meade, whom he married on January 1st.
The village of Kaukauna is incorporated?
George Lawe moves to Kaukauna, builds a home, opens a trading post and a farm.
Nancy Grignon dies at age 53 at Buttes de Morts.
Immigrant Michael Klein who born in Germany in 1803, settles on the south bank.
Immigrant Peter Deidrich, born in Holland, settles and operates a ferry service directly across from Michael Klein farm.
Wisconsin is admitted to the Union.
Andrew Black, from New England, settles as a neighbor to Diedrich.
The State legislature chagnes the name of the town from Grand Kaukalin to Kaukauna.
Excavations begin at Kaukauna for the locks and dam system.
Alexander Grignon plats the town of Springville located on the eastern end of the Grignon land, near a sulphur spring. The town could not compete with Kaukaun and failed.
Completion of the Fox Locks and dam system. The economic boom for Kaukauna ends as canal workers move on. Vacant buildings are purchased and moved.
The Chicago and Northwestern Railway, the main line between Green Bay and Milwaukee comes to town.
Augustin Grignon dies at age 80 at Buttes de Morts.
Railway tracks from Manitowoc to Antigo laid along the south bank of the river.
The Kaukauna Water Power Company plats the village of Ledyard on the south side of the river.
The Kaukauna Times newspaper is started.
The Kaukauna Water Power Company is organized by officials of the Milwaukee, Lake Shore and Western railway.
On June 20, the village of Ledyard on the south side of the river was granted a charter and John Hickey was elected village president.
The Kaukauna Sun newspaper is started.
In March, the villages of Ledyard and Kaukauna are incoprated into the City of Kaukauna.
On April 5th, Colonel H.A. Frambach was elected the city’s first mayor.
Free Public High School organized.
Construction of a public library with assistance from Andrew Carnegie.
Construction of high school on the island.
The Vaudette Theatre shous the first “talkie” motion picture.
The Bank of Kaukauna is robbed of $40,000.
Construction of the U.S. Post Office on the island.
Regenfuss Brewery reopens after a dry period of 14 years.
Rialto Theatre opens with Edna Ferber’s “Come & Get It”.
Look’s Drug Store opens on Second Street.
Dial phones come to Kaukauna.
Kaukauna swimming pool is dedicated.
The Hotel Kaukauna orginally called the Hotel Brothers, is destroyed by fire.
Automatic traffic signals are installed at the intersection of Lawe Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
Kaukauna Community Hospital is dedicated.
Senator John F. Kennedy visits Kaukauna as part of his primary campaign through Wisconsin.
City of Kaukauna celebrates 175th Jubilee.
Electa Quinney School is opened.
Outagamie Country Teachers College is closed after sixty years of service.
New city offices are opened in the old Badger Northland plant.
The new 6,300 square foot addtion is opened in the Kaukauna Public Library
New Post Office in completed on the north side of town.
Fox Valley Greyhound Park opens on north side of town.
First phase of Highway 55 reconstruction completed.
Badger Northland and Kaukauna Community Hospital close
Recreation trails open.
Groundbreaking for new High School.