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Suamico, Wisconsin
—  Town  —
Location of Suamico, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°38′6″N 88°4′15″W / 44.635°N 88.07083°W / 44.635; -88.07083
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Brown
Area
 - Total 59.3 sq mi (153.6 km2)
 - Land 36.2 sq mi (93.9 km2)
 - Water 23.1 sq mi (59.7 km2)
Elevation [1] 591 ft (180 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 8,686
 - Density 239.6/sq mi (92.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 55-77975[2]
GNIS feature ID 1584242[1]

Suamico is a village in Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 8,686 at the 2000 census. The neighborhood community of Flintville is located within the village. It is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Village of Suamico (current 2009 pop. 11,080) is nestled along the shore of the bay of Green Bay approximately 5 miles north of the City of Green Bay. This fast paced, growing, full service community is characterized by its rural charm including area of woodland, farms, pastures, tastefully designed rural subdivisions, and environmentally sensitive areas. This diversity in the landscape, selection of quality building lots, superb schools, and beautiful local parks has attracted many long term residents to the community. Suamico (pronounced swam ĭ kō) is a pleasant and secure place to live, raise a family or just kick back and relax. Suamico is the home of Northeast Wisconsin’s Zoo (NEW Zoo), fishing and boating on the Suamico River and the shore of Green Bay , Windjammers Sail Club, Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve the historical Vickery Village and many retail and commercial shops, restaurants, and boutiques.

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The village

Suamico (pronounced swam ĭ kō) is a pleasant and secure place to live, raise a family or just kick back and relax. Suamico is the home of Northeast Wisconsin’s Zoo (NEW Zoo), fishing and boating on the Suamico River and the shore of Green Bay , Windjammers Sail Club, Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve the historical Vickery Village and many retail and commercial shops, restaurants, and boutiques.

Suamico is also home to a variety of commercial and light industrial firms including Green Bay Cheese and Winona Foods. Suamico has prime Highway Commercial and Light Industrial sites available along East Deerfield Road. These privately owned sites include municipal sewer and water along with the other utilities necessary to nurture a healthy business climate.

Suamico, incorporated to a village in September of 2003, is governed by a seven member village board who are elected to three year terms. The village board actively encourages residents to become involved in the community and works with seven advisory committees made up of interested citizens.

History

"The Indian name Oussuamigong, now spelled Suamico, has several disputed meanings. Father Chrysostom Verwyst explains the meaning as meaning 'place of the yellow beaver.' Father Jones as, 'at the beaver's tale.' Rev. E.P. Wheeler of Ashland, whose study of the Wisconsin Indians has made him an authority says it means 'yellow residence place.' It has also been accepted that it means 'point or tail of land,' or 'the beaver's tail,' which suits us best." It is believed the name comes from an Indian word meaning small or little beaver, although this has not been determined with certainty.[3] The original settlement of Suamico was a small fishing community on Green Bay. Little evidence of it, apart from some small housing plots, remains. In a referendum in September 2003, the Town of Suamico voted to become incorporated, becoming the village of Suamico. The village is an affluent bedroom community mostly developed since 1980.[3]


Suamico is pronounced (swam ĭ kō). The name Suamico is believed to have come from the Menominee Indians which means: Mäte Sue'mako Tusi'niniu, "Great Sand Bar People," on the sand dunes at what is now called Big Suamico, on Green Bay. Other sources also indicate that the name stands for: beaver tail, yellow beaver, or swan.

Big Suamico was the unofficial name for the river, township, and village called Suamico. It was used to distinguish themselves from the Little Suamico River and Township immediately north in Oconto County. The Suamico and Fort Howard Road was the first declared county road in Brown County laid out between Big Suamico and Fort Howard in 1849-50. It followed a former Indian trail. The Suamico River flows generally eastward through Pittsfield and Suamico Townships into Green Bay.

Suamico was first established by Legislature on August 2, 1848, from Howard. It was apparently dropped when Oconto County was established on February 6, 1851. It was then re-established to it's current size by the County Board on March 16, 1858. Suamico was an excellent farming country and raising stock was profitable. Industry of the 1850's and 60's was milling and there were large sawmills along the Suamico River. The Suamico Post Office was established on July 20, 1857, with John Bruce as Postmaster. It was platted by John Bruce in 1873.

Long term residency of families

Some of these families include the LaCount's,Chambers, Troufka's,Vickery's, Boerschingers and the Dreswicki's. Many of these famlies have lived in this area for more than 150 years. Families such as the Chambers and Vickery's came from such places as Ireland and England in search of good land for farming. Today, these families still own much land in this village. The Chambers came to the area and built a large farm with over 500 acres of property.Today the farm remains, but some of the land is now Chambers Hill bar and restaurant which includes an 18 hole golf course and real estate property. The Vickery's settled in the area from England and created a small town known as Vickery Village. The also own much property through out the village in farm land. The LaCount family migrated from Trois Rivieries, Canada in the mid 1800's in search of farmable land in places around Suamico such as Howard and Pulaski before settling in Suamico towards the later part of the century. While their largest farm still remains north of Suamico in Pulaski, Wisconsin, many of the LaCount family descendents have lived in Suamico for many years and add to the rich history of the area.The rich history of all of these families lives on through its many residents who continue to live here.

Schools

The school system is shared with the village of Howard to create the Howard-Suamico school district.The Pirates are the mascot for the High School currently located in Suamico. Bay Port High School was built in Howard in 1965 with a graduating class of less than 100. In 2000, a 36 million dollar referendum created a new high school for grades 9-12. The school is known for its athletic teams.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 59.3 square miles (153.6 km²), of which, 36.2 square miles (93.9 km²) of it is land and 23.1 square miles (59.7 km²) of it (38.88%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,686 people, 2,966 households, and 2,544 families residing in the village. The population density was 239.6 people per square mile (92.5/km²). There were 3,078 housing units at an average density of 84.9/sq mi (32.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.97% White, 0.22% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 2,966 households out of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.1% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.2% were non-families. 10.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the village the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 105.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $65,189, and the median income for a family was $67,528. Males had a median income of $43,876 versus $29,261 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,735. About 1.0% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Education

Suamico is served by the Howard-Suamico School District.

Notable people

References

  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ a b http://www.hshistoricalsociety.org/id17.html

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Coordinates: 44°37′55″N 88°02′21″W / 44.63194°N 88.03917°W / 44.63194; -88.03917

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