Learn More About Marshfield’s First Family

Curious about the first people to settle Marshfield?

Attend the February Spoken History lecture “Marshfield’s First Family” on February 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library, Felker Family Genealogy and Local History Room.

Louie Rivers along with wife, Mina and daughter, Della, came in April 1872 to make the first permanent settlement in the city. This was a log “hotel” also run by brother Frank and a man named Gabriel Lupient.

Learn about Marshfield’s early days and River’s legendary life of financial success followed by a downhill spiral that left him penniless, and his new life as a homesteader in Nebraska.

A replica of the log hotel can be viewed at the Marshfield historic museum in the basement of the 2nd Street Community Center for free on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:30-4 p.m.