How was Kennebec Named?
Kennebec founded in 1905, is said to have been named by Milwaukee railroad officials. Another version vouched for by several early settlers, is that one of the founders of the town became stuck in the heavy gumbo with a loaded wagon and attempted to back onto firmer ground. A 'Kibitzing' bystander, described as an Indian or a foreigner, stated 'can no back', thus it became known as Kennebec.
On October 26, 1905 a petition was circulated to change the name of the new town of 'Kennebec'. We sanction the move, the fellow who named that town and several others, must have been a foreigner or possessed a very limited English vocabulary.