From the "Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley Wisconsin, 1891-2" page 347.
Sumner Township is of regulation size, and bounded on the north by the town of Cedar Lake, on the south by the town of Chetek, on the east by Chippewa county, and on the west by the town of Stanley. Several small streams flow from and into it, including Pekegema creek. Canton is a station on the "Soo" line. It has about fifty inhabitants, with one or two stores, a post-office, and a saw-mill owned and operated by William Bell. It was surveyed and platted in September, 1884, by the owner, L. C. Stanley. Sumner was laid out as a village, and an addition made to it in 1876, and a post-office established, but the latter has been transferred to Canton. There is a grist-mill at the former place. The population of the township was 365 in 1890.
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