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Brief History

Pictured Below: Flynn Farm
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Picture of Flynn Farm House The Township was surveyed in 1834. It became a separate township in 1849. Originally settled by Yankees, Pennsylvania Dutch, Scottish-Irish, Irish, Norwegians and Germans. A settlement grew up around Beecher stage coach tavern at a junction of two main roads. Farming went from wheat to dairy. Today families with non-farm small businesses out number dairy farmers. Housing developments were first permitted in 1970 and new ones were banned in 1980.

Pictured Below: South Main Street (1905)
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Picture of South Main Street The Village was created when the railroad went through in 1881. This was a shipping center for farm goods until the advent of semi-trucks. The railroad tracks east of the Village have become the Glacial Drumlin bike trail. The railroad tracks going through Madison have seen increasing grain shipments. The Village was incorporated in 1924. Previously the Village had two business districts, one south of the tracks serving the Village through the 1960's The other was above the pond on the north side of the tracks, now vanished. The current business district and town center is along Highway BB.

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