Sawmills to Paper

History Speaks at the Woodson History Center:

From Sawmills to Paper Mill: The Growth of Schofield, Weston & Rothschild


The Marathon County Historical Society presents “From Sawmills to Paper Mill: The Growth of Schofield, Weston & Rothschild,” another topic in our History Speaks series. Join us for this presentation by Gary Gisselman at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau.


Entrepreneurs in the mid-to-late 1800s built sawmills along the Wisconsin River to turn the huge pine trees into lumber and shipped it to more populated areas. As the forests were depleted, they found ways to change focus and use the scrap wood to make paper. Gisselman will trace the history of how the paper industry contributed to building stable and thriving communities on Wausau’s southeast side.


Gary Gisselman is the research librarian at the Marathon County Historical Society.


There is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated.  Registration is not required.


The Historical Society is grateful to Janke Book Store and to Compass Properties for their sponsorship of the History Speaks series.


Visitors might also enjoy a guided tour of the Yawkey House Museum, or visiting our free exhibit spaces. Milking Time: Evolution of the Dairy Industry in Marathon County, shows the hard work that went into creating fields after forests were logged off, and the progress made in breeding, testing, medicine and education that enabled dairying to develop into a viable business option. Rural Electrification: Outlet for Change depicts life before and after electricity made its slow way into rural areas of Marathon County in the 1930s and ‘40s. Our Stories: The History of Marathon County features reminiscences of how people arrived in this area, and how they worked and played in days gone by.


For more information, please call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.