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The Sovereign State of Winneconne

The History of The Sovereign State of Winneconne

U.S. News

Less than a week later, a Milwaukee journalist picked up on the story:


Green Sheet, Milwaukee Journal, Don Lewis


January 27, 1967. Winneconne, Wisconsin, is only a wide spot in the road on the official 1967 Wisconsin highway map, and residents of the Winnebago County village don’t like it.


Where in past years the name of the Wolf River community was printed in all its mellifluence along the south shore of Lake Poygan, on the 1967 map, there’s just a big bare space, all the way from Butte des Morts to Borth.


Oh, there’s a little round dot on Highway 116 where it crosses the river, and Winneconne’s name and population (1,273) are in the index of incorporated cities and villages. There’s even a key that tells you Winneconne is in sector 7-H. But when you look at section 7-H, Winneconne isn’t there. A black little circle marks the spot where it used to be.


Village officials - from President James P. Coughlin and Chamber of Commerce President Vera Kitchen on down - are worried.


Those countless walleyes and white bass that each spring make Winneconne a port of call on their honeymoon trips up the Wolf River to the spawning grounds - what will they do now?


Each year there are lots of new fish making the trip for the first time. This spring Winneconne people will be waiting with baited hooks, hoping the migration will take place anyway.


Even if the fish find Winneconne, though, will the fisherman be able to locate it? This has fisherman even more worried.


“Why,” says Chamber of Commerce director C. O. Rogers, “ a Milwaukee salesman came in last week and asked if Winneconne was still here. He couldn’t find it on the map.”


Rogers said that was the first time he realized the town had been slighted. “Heck,” he said, we wouldn’t notice it ourselves. We know where Winneconne is.”


Mrs. Kitchen, as president of the Chamber, fired off a letter to the State highway Commission, which is in charge of the map, telling of Winneconne’s displeasure. But a commission official said that 1,100,000 of the maps have been printed, and the error cannot be rectified unless another printing is needed.


“The map is put together in a paste-up process before engraving, and the little slip of paper with the Winneconne name on it must have fallen off, “ the commission official said.


In that nameless town upstate, though, Rogers summed up the feeling, “All we’re interested in,” he said, “is putting Winneconne on the map and keeping it there.”


In the meantime, if you’re thinking of vacationing this summer in the Lake Poygan or Lake Winneconne area, taking a fishing trip on the Wolf River this spring or just getting across the river between Oshkosh and Fremont, that little unnamed dot on your map is Winneconne. And if you can’t find it, just go to Borth and ask directions.


Continued with: Secret Committee

Taken from “We Like It Where?”, published 1997. Compiled by Polly Zimmerman.


The Original Leaders of

The Sovereign State of Winneconne



James Coughlin


Prime Minister and custodian of the (Kitchen) Cabinet:

Vera Kitchen


Secretary of State:

William Schlapman


Secretary of the Navy:
George Kontos

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