Lincoln County History
Milwaukee Free Press (16 December 1912) submitted
by Diana Heser Morse
County seat of Lincoln county, situated at the
junction of the Prairie and Wisconsin rivers, with a
population of 9,000. Its principal asset is its
abundance of water power at its disposal.
It prides itself most upon the beautiful natural park,
which is considered one of the prettiest in the state.
It was donated to the city by its most public spirited
citizen, the Hon. A. H. Stange who with Hon. L. N. Anson
and the late H. W. Wright and T. B. Scott have done a
great deal to build up Merrill and make it what it is.
One of the most wide awake and enterprising cities in
the Wisconsin river valley today.
Its chief industry is lumbering. It has the largest sash
door and blind factory in the world. this factory alone
employs over 600 men and its product reaches all over
The Heneman Lumber Co., is building a saw mill here,
which, when completed, will be the largest and most
modern and up-to-date saw mill in the country. This
company owns timber enough to keep it going for twenty
years to come.
Within the past two years Merrill has secured several
new factories some of which are a shoe factory, handle
factory, knitting factory, candy factory and its chamber
of commerce is looking for more.
Its Chief public building is the Lincoln county court
house, erected in 1902 and 1903 at a cost of $125,000.
Merrill is well supplied with public and parochial
schools and churches. The city government is good and is
conducted in a systematic and business-like manner. The
soil of Lincoln county is excellent and when the land is
cleared makes very good farms. The farmers are going
into dairying and some very fine herds of cattle can be
found in the close proximity to the city. There are two
creameries in the city and several cheese factories in
the surrounding country.
Merrill has a Carnegie library and county training
school. Merrill is growing and in another summer will be
in the midst of a boom such as never seen here before.
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