Town of Kronenwetter

 Marathon County, Wisconsin
Transcribed By: Marla Zwakman


Source: History of Marathon County Wisconsin and Representative Citizens (1913) written by Louis Marchetti, pages 565-567

Was set off from the town of Mosinee November 12, 1886, to consist of township 27, range 8, and all of township 27, range 7, lying east of the Wisconsin river. It was named after the pioneer Sebastian Kronenwetter, who was duly elected as its first chairman. At the time of its organization there were but few farmers in the town and the only industrial enterprise therein was the saw mill of S. Kronenwetter located on Bull Junior, where it empties into the Wisconsin river.

The town has undergone a great change since. New settlers have come and large farms with good substantial buildings are now the rule not the exception. The little saw mill on Bull Junior is no longer operated, but another establishment of large dimensions exists now in this town. It is the plant of the first complete plant of this kind built in the United States, which is a source of great pride taken by the citizens of Wausau and of Marathon county, as showing the great advance made in this county in industrial pursuits, and as an example of what the splendid water power of the Wisconsin river is to be used for in the future. At this plant there is manufactured both sulphate pulp and sulphate paper, popularly known as Kraft pulp and paper. The mill manufactures about 50 tons of pulp a day and 30 tons of finished paper. The latter is used mainly as wrapping paper, although it is also used for sandpaper, bag paper, cover paper, and envelope paper. In the manufacture of this pulp there is utilized the various coniferous woods that grow in our country. The mill also uses to some extent the refuse from the saw mills. In the erection and planing of this mill special attention was given to the welfare of the employees in the heating, lighting, and the ventilation of the rooms. The main building is 548 by 74 feet, and contains rooms for paper machines, beaters, wet machines, and screens, washing tanks, digestors and alkali tanks. Another building is 160 by 80 feet and contains boiler rooms and soda recovery department. The third building is of wood 120 by 40 feet, a four-store building with basement. Besides there are several smaller buildings and a pump house. The chimney is 205 feet high. The power house is located in the village of Mosinee across the river on the spot where the Joseph Dessert mill was operated for so many years. It stands about 2,000 feet away from the factory proper, and has two A.C. generators with a capacity of 2,000 K.W.

The machines in the paper mill are driven practically each by an individual motor drive. The mill, power house and dams are constructed in the most substantial manner, and the machinery is the outcome of the latest development in pulp and paper mill machinery construction. The total output of sulphate pulp and Kraft paper manufactured in 1912 was 10,200 tons of pulp and 6,600 tons of paper. The production is increasing so that there is now a daily output of thirty tons of paper and fifty tons of pulp. The mill employs 200 men. The company was incorporated in 1910 with a capital stock of $700,000.

The officers of this corporation are: President and manager, Carl Mathie; vice president, Louis Desert; secretary; W. C. Landon; treasurer, F. P. Stone, who with Neal Brown, M. C. Ewing, G. D. Jones, and B. F. McMillan constitute the board of directors.

The farmers have felt the need of a cheese factory and have erected one, running on the cooperative plan.

Three schools and one joint school district take care of the education of the growing generation.


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