Millard-Smith family papers, 1806-1921

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Summary

  • Papers of a prominent lumber milling and medical family from Wausau, Wisconsin, including Burton Millard (d. 1862), a pioneer settler, millwright, and state legislator, who was the first member of the 5th Wisconsin Infantry to die during the Civil War; Dr. Theophilus Smith, who married Millard's widow; and Dr. Joseph F. Smith, the son-in-law of Theophilus.
  • Millard's papers include extensive Civil War correspondence with his family and others, a Civil War diary, financial records relating to his lumber business, and extensive papers relating to his brief tenure as justice of the peace. Also included is a blood-soaked circular removed from his body after his death during the Civil War.
  • Although Theophilus Smith was one of the first physicians to settle in Wausau, this part of his life is little documented. Instead there are papers about his administration of the local post office, correspondence of Harriet Millard Smith, whom Dr. Smith married in 1867, and letters from three sons: Theophilus M. about his work for the Wisconsin Central Railroad and William and James about their life on a cattle ranch in Wyoming.
  • The medical career of Joseph F. Smith is also little documented. Although there are papers pertaining to his education and his teaching at Northern Indiana Normal School. An avid amateur photographer, he is represented in the collection by photographs of exceptional quality documenting family life, the Wausau area, Rush Medical School, and views of travel at the turn of the century in Chicago, Europe, and the East Coast, as well as family activities and portraits.

Notes

  • Original photos are only available at the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, Madison.
  • Some financial records are available only on microfilm.
  • The photographs are available in original form and also available on microfilm.
  • Presented by Mr. and Mrs. Franklin E. Bump, Jr., Wausau, Wisconsin, 1953-1957.
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