Dessert Family business records, 1839-1964

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  • Records of the Joseph Dessert Lumber Co., Mosinee Land, Log and Timber Co., and other lumber companies owned by Joseph, Louis, Howard, and Abigail Dessert and their descendants; plus a few personal papers. Mainly dating from the 1880s to 1930, the records include general business correspondence, primarily concerning orders for lumber and routine financial matters; one letterpress book of personal and business letters of George McLaughlin, an officer of several Dessert enterprises; and some letters from the Westfield and Fall River Lumber Co., also owned by the Dessert family. A file of personal correspondence of Joseph Dessert concerns his guardianship of a minor (James W. Kelly), while personal correspondence of Howard Dessert contains letters and financial statements of the Dessert and Brown Lumber Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan, and materials concerning the 1927 convention of the American Legion in Paris.
  • Also included in the collection are contracts, land transaction records, minutes, numerous financial ledgers and journals, cash books, order books, payroll records, and logging and lumber sales records of the Joseph Dessert Lumber Co. and the Mosinee Land, Log and Timber Co.
  • The processed portion of this collection is described above; there are unprocessed photographic additions.


  • Unprocessed materials only in Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, Madison.
  • Portions of this collection are available only on microfilm.
  • Presented by the Joseph Dessert Lumber Co., Mosinee, Wisconsin, via Margaret Dessert, 1973.
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