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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"


Chapter  34 - Eau Claire Industries

The Northwestern Lumber Company

(-as transcribed from page 483)


A lumber business was founded by Porter, Moon & Company, comprising Gilbert E. Porter, Delos R. Moon and Sumner T. McKnight.  Their sawmills were located at Porter's Mills and their lumber was rafted down the Chippewa and Mississippi rivers to Hannibal, Mo., where the same company conducted a wholesale lumber yard under the firm name of S. T. McKnight & Company.  In 1873 both of these companies were incorporated as the Northwestern Lumber Company in Wisconsin, with headquarters at Eau Claire, and sawmills at Eau Claire, Porter's Mills, and Stanley, Wis.  By reason of the exhaustion of the timber supply, the company is now operating mills at Stanley only.  The corporation owns large tracts of land in Chippewa and Taylor counties which they are disposing of for farming purposes only.  They own and operate a large general store at Stanley, where they do a business of over $300,000 per year.  They own  the Stanley, Merrill & Phillips railroad between Stanley and Jump River, a distance of thirty miles, which was originally constructed as a logging railway.  It was incorporated in 1902 and in April, 1903 was put in operation fully equipped for passenger service at a cost of $600,000.  Its present officers are:  S. G. Moon, president; C. D. Moon, vice-president; J. T. Barber, treasurer, and F. H. L. Cotton, secretary, with main offices at Stanley.  The main office of the Northwestern Lumber Company is located at Eau Claire, with J. T. Barber, president; S. G. Moon, vice-president and treasurer; George H. Chapman, second vice-president; C. D. Moon, secretary, and F. H. L. Cotten, assistant secretary and treasurer.

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