Vassar

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Here on the Cass River on March 1, 1849, four men led by Townsend North and James M. Edmunds found a suitable place to build a dam and start a town, which was named for Edmunds' Uncle, Matthew Vassar, later the founder of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The growth of the town for the next 30 years was based on lumbering and its many related industries. Cork pine, the best variety of white pine, grew in abundance along the mighty Cass River and was in high demand. These trees of the forest grew to a height of 150 feet, often with diameters exceeding three feet. The wood was light and strong and easy to work with. Millions of board feet were marketed all over the world, especially in America's prairie states. With the forests depleted, Vassar developed a diversified economy that is still evident today in agriculture, manufacturing, and commerical business. The rich history has helped Vassar earn its popular nickname that is known around the state-the Cork Pine City. In 1999 Vassar celebrated its sesquicentennial. Events were held through the year in celebration.

Vassar Weather

Now
SUNNY
18°F
SUNNY, humidity 73%, barometer 30.41,
wind 7 mph WSW
Friday
Partly sunny and very cold
25°F | 18°F
Partly sunny and very cold
Saturday
A.M. freezing drizzle; rain and drizzle
43°F | 41°F
A.M. freezing drizzle; rain and drizzle
Sunday
A few showers, fog, then a little rain
48°F | 43°F
A few showers, fog, then a little rain
Monday
Overcast, breezy and cooler with showers
51°F | 31°F
Overcast, breezy and cooler with showers
Tuesday
Mostly cloudy, a snow shower; colder
36°F | 26°F
Mostly cloudy, a snow shower; colder

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