Amherst, Wisconsin

Amherst is a village in Portage County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,035 at the 2010 census. Amherst is at the core of the Tomorrow Valley area.

Amherst, Wisconsin
Looking north at downtown Amherst
Looking north at downtown Amherst
Location of Amherst in Portage County, Wisconsin.
Location of Amherst in Portage County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 44°27′23″N 89°18′20″W / 44.45639°N 89.30556°W
CountryUnited States
 • Village AmherstMichael Juris [1]
 • Total1.36 sq mi (3.53 km2)
 • Land1.31 sq mi (3.39 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Elevation1,093 ft (333 m)
 • Total1,035
 • Estimate 
 • Density798.47/sq mi (308.29/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)715 & 534
FIPS code55-01775[5]
GNIS feature ID1582690[4]


The name Amherst was established in 1853 by Adam Uline, after General Amherst of Revolutionary fame and the fact he was native of Amherst, Nova Scotia. The first known settler of Amherst was John F. Hillstrom, who arrived in 1851, while John and A. P. Een follow closely behind, arriving in August, 1852.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.35 square miles (3.50 km2), of which, 1.30 square miles (3.37 km2) of it is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,046[6]1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,035 people, 434 households, and 274 families residing in the village. The population density was 796.2 inhabitants per square mile (307.4/km2). There were 471 housing units at an average density of 362.3 per square mile (139.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 434 households of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the village was 35.1 years. 29% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.4% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 964 people, 395 households, and 250 families residing in the village. As of the end of 2006, there was villagewide estimate of over 1,000 residents living there. The population density was 827.5 people per square mile (318.1/km²). There were 419 housing units at an average density of 138.3 persons/km² (359.7 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the village was 99.17% White, 0.41% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.21% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 395 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 8.9% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 36.5% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the village, the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $40,125, and the median income for a family was $54,821. Males had a median income of $37,132 versus $24,375 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,514. 10.8% of the population and 7.7% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 13.2% are under the age of 18 and 14.2% are 65 or older.

Public services

Amherst is served by the School District of the Tomorrow River, which has a high school, a middle school, and a grade school, all on one K-12 campus. Fire protection and ambulance service are provided by the Amherst Fire District. Police protection is provided by the Portage County Sheriff's Department. Other village services include a public library and the Lettie Jensen Community Center. There is a riverside park downtown, along the Tomorrow River.


Amherst connects to U.S. Highway 10 (US 10). The Canadian National Railway main line runs through the village, on an elevated grade.


Amherst is home to the Amherst Telephone Company/Tomorrow Valley Communications. Amherst Telephone Company was incorporated on July 3, 1903. Capital to form the new company was provided by 62 area residents who pledged $25 each to buy a share of stock. The company provides copper and fiber service to Amherst and the surrounding communities of Rosholt, Amherst Junction, and Polonia.

Mill Pond

The Amherst Millpond is a 48-acre, hard water impoundment located in the village of Amherst. The mill pond was created by a dam on the Tomorrow River and was once used for power to the local feed mil. The pond has a maximum depth of five feet and a bottom consisting of sand covered with silt. The Tomorrow River is navigable above and below the dam, and there are two public access points on the east side of the pond; the boat landing and Cate Park. The pond has northern pike and panfish for fishing.


Portage County Wisconsin Fairgrounds
Amherst Speedway Four Cylinder race cars
4 cylinder stock cars racing at the fairgrounds

Fairgrounds were built in 1917. Amherst hosts the Portage County Fair, an Amish craft fair, and other events at the fairgrounds. Stock car racing began at the fairgrounds in 2013 under the name Amherst Speedway.

Notable people


Amherst Wisconsin Downtown Looking east

Looking east in downtown Amherst

Amherst Wisconsin Welcome Sign

Welcome sign


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  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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Coordinates: 44°27′03″N 89°17′05″W / 44.45083°N 89.28472°W

Charles Couch

Charles Couch (March 13, 1833 – November 10, 1911) was an American politician, farm produce and livestock dealer.

Born in Mohawk, New York, Couch moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1850 and then to Amherst, Wisconsin in 1857. Couch was a farm produce and livestock dealer. Couch served as the chairman of the Amherst Town Board and town treasurer. He also served on the Portage County, Wisconsin Board of Supervisors and was a Democrat. In 1891 and 1893, Couch served in the Wisconsin State Assembly. He died at his home in Amherst, Wisconsin after being in ill health.

Charles F. Hanke

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David Zenoff

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Born in Amherst, Wisconsin, Zenoff received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin. He served as a major in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, earning a Bronze Star. He moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and was admitted to the Nevada bar in 1948. He served as a justice of the Nevada Supreme Court from 1965 until 1977.

On May 1, 1967 Judge Zenoff presided over the wedding of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. He also presided over the divorce between Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.Judge Zenoff helped found the juvenile justice system in Clark County, Nevada and the county juvenile detention center (David Zenoff Hall) is named after him.

His spouse was Beverly Banks, born in Saint Louis, Missouri (1919 to 2011). They had three children, Terri, Lisa and David, Jr.

He retired to La Costa in Carlsbad, California and died in the Scripps Hospital in Encinitas.

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George B. Nelson

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Herman H. Hoffman

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NACDA Directors' Cup

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The University of North Carolina won the award in its inaugural year, but since then, Stanford University has won the Division I award for twenty-four straight years. Williams College has had similar success in Division III, having won the award twenty times in the twenty-two times it has been awarded for Division III.

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Oak Grove Cemetery (Falmouth, Massachusetts)

Oak Grove Cemetery (Gloucester, Massachusetts), listed on the NRHP

Oak Grove Cemetery (New Bedford, Massachusetts), listed on the NRHP

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Timothy Olson

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The case has been heavily investigated since discovery of the body, with no progress toward finding either her identity or her murderer.

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