Records, 1870-1955

North Western Lumber Company

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints
  • Contributors
  • Physical Details
    • 24.3 c.f. (53 archives boxes and 2 drawers of maps); plus
    • additions of 1.6 c.f. and
    • 38 photographs
  • Finding Aids
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  • COLLECTION STORED, ALL or IN-PART, AT ARC: Collection can be requested for transfer through the Area Research Center (ARC) Network, consult Reading Room Staff.


  • Records of North Western Lumber Company, an Eau Claire, Wisconsin company, organized in 1873, which engaged in lumbering in northwestern Wisconsin until the depletion of timber supplies halted operations in about 1920. Correspondence relates primarily to the management and gradual liquidation of the company's assets after 1920. Most of the letters were written by George W. Hipke of Stanley, an officer of the company. Among these are many which pertain to his campaigns for the state legislature in 1934 and 1936 and to legislative bills and issues. Journals, ledgers, cashbooks, and tax records cover the company's operations after 1894. Annotated plat books and land inventories show property holdings, and two volumes of appraisals give a detailed description of the plant and equipment at Stanley in 1909. The collection also contains scattered records of related or subsidiary firms: the North Western Mercantile Company, 1919-1932; the Stanley, Merrill, and Phillips Railway, 1902-1926, both in Wisconsin; and the Del Norte Company, a lumber company operating in northern California. Oversized maps are of Stanley, Eau Claire, Altoona, Jump River, and other areas of Wisconsin. Also present are office building blueprints.


  • Parts presented by Mrs. Norma L. Knar; Eau Claire, Wis., 1956; by the Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, 1975; and by Peter Beck, Eau Claire, 1977.
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