Some of the first inhabitants to settle in the area that is now St. Francis were George Armsby, E. Fowler, and Ezra Randall in 1855. The area was known as St. Francis Township, which was named after St. Francis Assisi. In 1855 Dwight Woodbury came to the area and bought large tracts of land that he used to build a dam, grist, and sawmill. In 1857 Saint Francis Township was organized.
The village of Saint Francis began to grow when Woodbury built a larger mill in the area in 1888 called the Saint Francis Flour Milling Company. By 1933 several other businesses were thriving including a blacksmith shop, drug store, meat store, and general store. St. Francis was incorporated as a village on May 16, 1962 and remained a village until 1974 when it became a city.
Today, the city of Saint Francis is a thriving community that has experienced much growth since it’s incorporation. The city of Saint Francis has seen an increase in population from 897 in 1970 to over 7,300 today. It is home to over 2,500 houses and 1,900 families. The city has become an attractive destination to live because of it’s big town atmosphere in a rural community. It’ convenient location and strong community make the city of St. Francis a great place to call home.
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