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Plainfield, Wisconsin

Posted by graywacke on February 2, 2009

First time here?  Check out “About Landing,” above.

Dan –  Just hanging out in the mid-160s doldrums; so after two OSers in a row, it’s back to the USers with a landing that moved a state from the USers to the PSers . . . WS; 30/30; 4/10; 1; 166.3.

I landed in the Fourteen Mile Ck watershed.  This was my second “Fourteen Mile Ck” (the other was in MS; a July 2004 landing); and the 14th (coincidently) “X-Mile” stream name.  So, the Fourteen Mile Ck flowed to the Wisconsin R (8th hit); on to the MM.

I landed in Cen WI, nearest the town of Plainfield, but not far from a town with a much more interesting name than Plainfield, Almond.  Here’s a map:


Pulling back a little, here’s a map that shows today’s landing pretty much by itself out there in Cen WI:


So even though I’m drawn to the name “Almond,” I must start with plain ol’ Plainfield (pop 900). 

Oh my!!! Poor Plainfield.  Far and away the most common association with Plainfield is described in this article from RoadsideAmerica.com:

The stolen tombstone of Ed Gein, perhaps America’s most notorious grave robber, murderer, and cannibal, has been brought home to Plainfield, WI. Last June it mysteriously disappeared from Gein’s grave in Plainfield Cemetery.

The police aren’t sure what to do with it.

“We could put it back in the cemetery, but it would only get stolen again,” said Waushara County Sheriff Patrick Fox in an interview with the Stevens Point Journal.

The Waushara County Historical Society wants to display it in the old jail museum in downtown Wautoma, a town not far from Plainfield. Gein was held in the jail briefly after his grisly crimes came to light. The police haven’t yet decided the stone’s fate, but if past experience with politically incorrect memorabilia is any guide, it may take up permanent residence in an unmarked closet or basement.

Gein, described often as a mild-tempered farmhand, murdered women and robbed the graves of others in the Plainfield area more than 50 years ago. His ghoulish souvenirs — carefully preserved human body parts, some meant to be worn as clothing — were found strewn about his farmhouse near Plainfield.

He served as the model for the Norman Bates character in “Psycho,” and Leatherface in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Police expected to find Gein’s tombstone for sale on eBay. Instead, they discovered it in Seattle, WA, in the hands of the promoter of the band Angry White Males, who was selling rubbings of the stone for $50 each on his web site.

The promoter claimed that his tombstone was a reproduction, but it was covered with the same Satanic symbols and obscenities as the missing stone, and it had the same chips taken out of it by years of irrepressible Gein fans. Interest in Gein has never waned, frustrating Plainfield’s residents, who want the town to be associated with more pleasant subjects. The town has even formed a committee, Positive Plainfield, to do just that.

Here’s a picture of the missing grave stone.  Ed Gein’s mother’s headstone has been pushed over.

 Ed Gein's grave

Here’s a picture of ol’ Ed hisself:


This picture of Plainfield in the ’50s was in Life Magazine, which, of course, was doing an article on Ed.


Sorry, Plainfield.  I can’t find anything else.  Well, moving on to Almond (pop 600).  From the Portage County Historical Archives:

The U.S. government signed a treaty with the Menominee Indians ceding land in central Wisconsin in 1848, which opened up the area to settlement. A post office was established on July 8, 1850, at the stagecoach stop. James F. Moore, a native of Almond N.Y., became postmaster, and decided to name his new home in Wisconsin after his home town.

Oh, come on James!  Can’t you do any better?  If you want to name the town after Almond NY, why not call it New Almond?  Well, as it stands, if I want to know how Almond WI got its name, I have to find out how Almond NY got its name.

After 10 minutes of Googling . . . Give me a break . . . Almond NY has tons of history info, but it goes on and on about this family and that family and this political situation and that, but nothing that I could find about how the town got its peculiar name.  Oh well. 





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One Response to “Plainfield, Wisconsin”

  1. julie wittrock said

    i was 11 yrs old when dirty old eddie did these crimes in fact i lived about 1 and a half miles from him he was creepy for sure no one suspected such a travesty was going on under our noses

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