Bevent, Wisconsin

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Bevent, Wisconsin
Location of Bevent, Wisconsin
Location of Bevent, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°44′21″N 89°24′57″W / 44.73917°N 89.41583°W / 44.73917; -89.41583
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Marathon
 • Total42.7 sq mi (110.7 km2)
 • Land42.1 sq mi (109.1 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
Elevation1,175 ft (358 m)
 ( 2010)
 • Total1,118
 • Density26/sq mi (10/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 ( Central (CST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code55-07125 [2]
GNIS feature ID1582804 [1]

Bevent is a town in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,118 at the 2010 census. [3] The unincorporated community of Shantytown is located in the town. The unincorporated community of Bevent is also located partially in the town.


Early History

Founded in December 30, 1886

The Cherek, Dallman and Woytasik families founded the village in 1886 in what was then Pike Lake Township. Pike Lake was later divided into Reid Township and Bevent Township. The village then lay on the border between the two townships. Bevent was actually supposed to be named "Berent" after a lawyer but was incorrectly transcribed and was legally called Bevent.

Post Office

Established on April 27, 1891 and the first postmaster was Martin Cychosz

Service discontinued December 15, 1910.

St Ladislaus Catholic Church

The original church, a frame structure, was built about 1883. In 1896 the church was moved to Bevent's main street when a new church was built. It was used as a parochial school until 1914 and later housed Cherek Brothers Grocery. Andy Beine operated the grocery business since 1968. He then built a new store to the right of the old building which was torn down. This area of Marathon County was settled primarily by Polish immigrants.

The importance that those immigrants and their descendants placed on their religion was evidenced by many roadside shrines. Individual families and entire parishes used to make pilgrimages to these shrines as part of their observance of religious holidays. [4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.7 square miles (110.7 km2), of which 42.1 square miles (109.1 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.7 km2), or 1.50%, is water.


Bevent is one of the greatest (by percentage) Polish-American communities in the U.S. [5] Ancestries: Polish (61.0%), German (30.6%), Irish (4.9%), Norwegian (3.2%), French (2.5%), English (2.4%).

As of the census [2] of 2000, there were 1,126 people, 405 households, and 319 families residing in the town. The population density was 26.7 people per square mile (10.3/km2). There were 484 housing units at an average density of 11.5 per square mile (4.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.58% White, 0.09% African American, 0.53% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.84% of the population.

There were 405 households, out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.1% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.0% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 109.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $45,385, and the median income for a family was $52,250. Males had a median income of $32,865 versus $25,144 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,315. About 3.5% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Bevent town, Marathon County, Wisconsin". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "Search our Places Database | Marathon County Historical Society". Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  5. ^ Polish communities Archived 2011-06-02 at the Wayback Machine, Epodunk. Accessed September 11, 2013.