- Hanover, in the town of Plymouth, at
the junction of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St.
- Paul Railway and the Chicago &
Northwestern Railway, eight miles southwest of Janesville, was
first located by Joseph HOHENSHELDT, in 1844. He was followed
the next year by Mathias GUNDEL, and wife, but about that
time immigration almost ceased. The village was platted April
16, 1856, by John L. V. THOMAS and wife, proprietors.
The Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad, as the Chicago, Milwaukee
& St. Paul road was then called, was finished so that the
first freight was received at Hanover, Sept. 1857. In 1856 a
post-office was established, with William RANNEY as postmaster.
The first birth was that of Montana HOHENSHELDT in 1845.
The first marriage was that of Simon HOHENSHELDT and Miss
FOX, in 1854. The first store was opened in 1856, by Nathan
HIGHME. A gristmill was built in the same year by S. F.
CHAPMAN and is now owned by A. BECKMAN. The school
house was erected in 1858. The village has one church, of the
German Lutheran denomination.
- [Source: The Portrait & Biographical
Album of Rock County, Wisconsin,
©1889 Acme, Chicago, IL; pp. 1020-1021]