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Time Capsule: Simon C.F. Cobban

From the Time Capsule: Chippewa County through the years series
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Simon C. F. Cobban

Shown here is Simon C. F. Cobban and family in their home located at 3 Park Place in Chippewa Falls, the Queen Anne style home they built. Mr. Cobban was born in Quebec, Canada in 1839 and served in the Civil War; he was an early settler of Chippewa Falls.

Mr. Cobban was involved in the city’s primary processing industries including flour, wool, and lumber milling. He is responsible for the building of the Opera House, located at the corner of Bridge and Central Street, the present site of the Union Block, 113-123 N. Bridge and the Marshall Block, 11 E. Central where now stands the Union Block building.

He also was an organizer and first president of the Northwestern State Bank. Today his name is most prominently associated with the Cobban Bridge as he donated the land on which it currently stands.

Each Saturday, the Chippewa Area History Center showcases a piece of local history in the Herald. The Area History Center at 123 Allen Street, Chippewa Falls, has multiple rooms of displays about Chippewa County history and genealogy.

Visit to learn more about the future Chippewa Area History Center, to be located on Bridgewater Avenue, and how you can help support local history preservation and education.


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