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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(July, 1874)

Wausau on the Wisconsin. Marathon County and its magnificent resources--its flourishing capital--its vast lumber interests--prospects for the valley of the Upper Wisconsin,   pp. 363-365 PDF (1.1 MB)

A wooden railway in Wisconsin,   p. 365 PDF (372.3 KB)

John S. Loomis' sand-papering machine,   pp. 365-366 PDF (696.6 KB)

Page 365

The Wiseonsnn LuHerman.
a large tannery, for which industry
there is every encouragement, as
hemlock grows in thick forests just
above the town. Three breweries
furnish beer to whet the thirst of
Wausauites; its population being Teu-
tonic in a large degree. Two brick-
yards near the city, are in full blast
and turn out a good article for build-
ing purposes. A water power grist
mill by Alderson & Silverthorn is
kept busy at custom work throughout
the year. New buildings are going
up in all parts of the corporation;
most of them private dwellings, of
quite a superior character to those
usually seen in frontier towns. We
were informed yesterday that 130
new buildings were erected last year,
150 will probably be built this season.
Aug. Kickbush has in contemplation
the erection of a large brick store on
Main street. A Beaver Dam man is
also to build a large hardware store
on Washington street next month.
Pratt, of Stevens Point, is building a
large wooden two-story building on
Third street, for general store purpo-
ses. A number of small shops are
going up in various quarters of the
town, while to cap the climax, a sub-
stantial brick school house costing
$18,000 is approaching completion,
on Jefferson street, and will prove an
ornament and credit to Wausau.
We leran that contractors are div-
ing workon the Tomah & Chicago'nar-
row gauge railroad from Wauzeka to
Beedstown, and it is expected that
trains will be running over that
portion of the road by the middle of
September.   The rails used are
maple, which are sawed out 3Jx5
inches.  These are let into the
ties and fastened at the ends with
dowel pins, the gains in the ties be-
ing made a trifle larger than will ad-
mit the rails, and on either side of
the rail are driven wedges in oppo-
site directions. The maple rails are
obtained at a cost of $15 per 1,000
feet, 15,000 feet being required to
lay a mile of track. It is estimated
that the maple rail will last over one
year without repairs, hence the in-
terest on capital invested in iron
rails would re-lay a track every
twelve months.  Last fall, on the
Elkader road in Iowa, a portion of
the track was laid with maple rail,
and an examination made of them
this spring shows that they have not
been injured in the least by constant
use. There is no doubt that the
wooden rail will be extensively used
in sections of country where heavy
capitalists do not wish to invest their
money to the extent of putting down
The Brooklyn (New York) Mopid-
ing and Planing Mill, belonging to
Mr. John S. Loomis, is one of the
most extensive establishments of its
kind in the United States. In the
line of mouldings, especially, arepu-
tation has been built up by this
factory which causes its products to
be particularly sought for by the
more thoroughly informed builders
of the middle and eastern states.
This desirable reputation has been
securedprincipallyby the use of a
machine which thoroughly smooths
and perfects every piece of mould-
ing manufactured. The machine is
called " Loomis' Sand-Papering Ma-
chine " and is the invention of John
S. Loomis, Esq.   Letters patent
were granted on the 26th of May,
1868, and improvements thereon,
August 29, 1871. So many points
of merit and value are observable in
the machine that mention of them
will interest the readers of the Wis-
co.Nsn LuMBarmsxuM.  The machine

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