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It was once the site of important logging and milling industries. An early name was Packard for Clayton Packard, a timber man. When the town was platted and named by Peter D. McMartin in 1903, he used the name of his first child.

By the 1940s the town consisted of a row of old moss-covered houses, badly in need of paint, around the remains of a shingle mill.

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Walter Higgins Homestead

Walter Higgins homesteaded a quarter section in 1888 and raised the barn in 1910. The 48 tree posts holding the roof were raised by the farmer, a neighbor and mule with block and tackle.