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Our Genealogy Helper for Spooner ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Spooner (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Spooner. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Spooner is located in Washburn County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washburn County: Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Rusk & Sawyer.

Below are the counties that are near Spooner. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Spooner:

Washburn     (The home county for Spooner)
  Spooner   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Trego   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Beaver Brook   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Crystal   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Evergreen   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Shell Lake   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Madge   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Springbrook   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bashaw   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Casey   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Madge   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Sarona   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Haugen   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bear Lake   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lakeland   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Cedar Lake   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Maple Plain   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cumberland   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Rice Lake   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Stanfold   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Cumberland   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rice Lake   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Doyle   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Barnes   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cable   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rusk   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dewey   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Scott   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Roosevelt   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hertel   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Webb Lake   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Sand Lake   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Webb Lake   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  La Follette   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Meenon   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Blaine   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wascott   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Gordon   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dairyland   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Moose Junction   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Solon Springs   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Solon Springs   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sauntry   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Highland   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lorain   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  McKinley   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clam Falls   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bone Lake   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Johnstown   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Frederic   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  West Sweden   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Georgetown   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Luck   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Luck   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Apple River   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wilkinson   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Murry   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Strickland   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Strickland   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Weyerhaeuser   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Apollonia   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bruce   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Stubbs   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rusk   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sand Lake   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Bass Lake   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hayward   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Edgewater   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Reserve   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hayward   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Couderay   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Little Round Lake   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Chief Lake   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Couderay   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lenroot   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Meteor   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Pine (MN)
  Cloverton (MN)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Spooner, see our County-by-County Page for Spooner.

Newspapers Published in Spooner ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 61 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spooner.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spooner, there are papers which were published within 32 miles [51.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spooner.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Spooner:

These websites are specific to Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Wisconsin to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Washburn County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barron County:     Cyndi's



Bayfield County:     Cyndi's



Burnett County:     Cyndi's



Douglas County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Rusk County:     Cyndi's



Sawyer County:     Cyndi's



Pine County (MN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Wisconsin,
Cemeteries of Washburn County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Wisconsin   Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Wisconsin

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Wisconsin
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Spooner ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spooner.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Spooner covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Shell Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Sarona Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Lampson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rosewood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  W Greendale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SW Clam River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NNW Chicog Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  E Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sacred Hearts Cemetery   [Map]     

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

While we didn't find Spooner in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spooner.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Spooner, with the one closest to Spooner listed first.

Spooner   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spooner
 - Spooner had a post office and railroad service
Shell Lake   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spooner
 - Shell Lake had a post office and railroad service
Bashaw   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spooner
 - Bashaw had railroad service and no post office
Bashaw   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spooner
 - Bashaw had a post office and no railroad service
Stone Lake   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Spooner
 - 1895 population of 118 people (with 516 people in 2018)
 - Stone Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Nobleton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spooner
 - Nobleton had a post office and no railroad service
Barronett   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spooner
 - Barronett had a post office and railroad service
Haugen   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South (S) from Spooner
 - Haugen had a post office and no railroad service
Stinnett   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spooner
 - Stinnett had a post office and railroad service
Minong   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North (N) from Spooner
 - Minong had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Spooner. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spooner in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Wisconsin

About Washburn County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Spooner. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Washburn County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spooner) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Spooner. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Spooner

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spooner. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.8469, Longitude: -91.8438     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spooner have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Spooner, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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