Named for French words meaning 'beautiful view', the Town of Bellevue was set off in mid 1856 & incorporated (signed) by the legislature on January 16, 1857. On February 14, 2003, the Secretary of State issued the Certificate of Incorporation for incorporation of the Town of Bellevue to the Village of Bellevue.
On the 10th of July 1856, notice was published in the Green Bay Advocate that a new town had been set off from the towns of Green Bay and De Pere to be called the town of Belleview.
On November 20th of that same year, it was voted in the county board that the portion of Brown County extending on the east bank of the Fox river to the point where the south line of the city of Green Bay strikes the river shall be constituted into a town to be called Manitou, with the election of officers to be held on the first Tuesday of April 1857.
It was at first the pleasure of the county board that this choice bit of level farming land should be named after the beautiful winding Manitou stream that divided the town in two, called successively the Devil River and then the East River. Belleview was finally the name agreed upon by Harry E. Eastman and Judge David Agry; and the name suited well the charming stretch of country lying between the two rivers and beyond.
When first set off, Bellevue included what is now the town of Allouez, from which it was separated in 1873. The territory now composing it comprises that portion of the original town lying east of East River, in all but little more than eight thousand acres of land. A part of this land was known as the ‘lost section’, as for some unknown cause it was never brought into market like other government lands.
In 1873 that portion of Bellevue, the spelling now in use, lying between Devil River and Fox River, was set off as the town of Allouez, the name being given in recognition of the famous Jesuit missionary, Claude Allouez, who first brought civilization to these shores.
The entrance welcome signs to Bellevue display the early legislative date.
On February 14, 2003, the Secretary of State issued the Certificate of Incorporation for incorporation of the Town of Bellevue to the Village of Bellevue.
Bellevue Village President, Craig Beyl, (2006-2015) declared on May 9, 2007 that Bellevue would celebrate being a community for 150 years (1857-2007).
Complied by Wencil Froelich. Published in February/March 1999 Town Newsletter, The BELL-VIEW
Wencil Froelich (June 14, 1917 – August 4, 2011) and his wife Lou (former Luella Guns) farmed in Bellevue for 60 years. Wencil served as Bellevue Town Chairman for 16 years. He was a charter member of the Bellevue Business and Professional Association. Wencil served on numerous community organizations.
THE GOOD OLD DAYS by Ken Baumgart, Date Unknown (Page 1)
Kenneth J Baumgart (June 16, 1925 - September 19, 2016) was born on the family farm homestead in Bellevue. The first one room schoolhouse in the area was built on the Baumgart homestead. Ken started the Ken Baumgart Construction Company. He was a Supervisor for the Bellevue Township and served as Commander of the VFW.
THE GOOD OLD DAYS by Ken Baumgart, Date Unknown (Page 2)
THE GOOD OLD DAYS by Ken Baumgart, Date Unknown (Page 3)
1984 Bellevue Park Commission
1972 Bellevue Fire Department (Page 1)
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Sorenson owned two 20-acre plots of land along what is now called Sorenson Creek. The June 30, 1897 Green Bay Weekly Gazette states 'Peter Sorenson and sons are erecting a large dam. Their intentions are to operate a flour mill with the power obtained.'
The Brown County Library Genealogy Dept. staff surmise this dam & flower mill along the creek is how the creek got its name. (0
Sorenson Creek travels East through Josten Park and converges with Spring Creek to flow South under Daly Drive & Hwy 172 to join with Bower Creek.
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Town of Bellevue, Wisconsin
1990 Census Population 7,541
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Village of Bellevue, Wisconsin
2010 Census Population 14,570
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