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Part 6

begins to show the first signs of the scenic beauty which characterizes the upper part of her
course. The turbulence of the falls and the peaceful quiet of the water which is held back by
the guard-lock, form a contrast which is effective, and catch the eye of the traveler as he passes
by on the train. Though one of the oldest settlements on the river, Mosinee has been content
to run her course rather quietly, and her only industry today is still the mill which she had at
the start, though, of course, grown much larger in the years. The land surrounding the village,
however, has filled up with settlers, and each year sees an appreciable increase in the commer-
cial trade of the place. The village has a good system of public schools, a fine public library,
built and endowed by the founder of the village, a newspaper, three churches, lodges and soci-
eties, and is a thriving busy little village.
Just north of Mosinee the Rib River empties into the Wisconsin, aid not far from there
the Eau Claire comes in from the east. Here is located the village of Schofield, which also has
the dignity of age to distinguish it, but which is today the same mill village that it was in the
years gone by. It has a graded school, two churches, and draws its support from the business of
a large saw-mill, which, together with its lineal predecessors has been operated there nearly
fifty years.
As the lumbering operations proceeded up the valley, it was inevitable that Big Bull Falls
should become an important manufacturing and supply point.  And so the settlement of
Wausau dates back to the very earliest days. Its situation, between two ranges of hills, with
old Rib Mountain just at hand on the southwest, makes it one of the most picturesque cities in
the Valley, and the river running through the center of the city adds to the beauty of the place.
The present population of Wausau is about fourteen thousand.
The city has a system of public schools which comprises nine buildings that are worth
about two hundred thoiusand dollars, in which about seventy-five teachers are employed, and of
which the annual enrollment is about three thousand. There ar six newspapers published in
Wausau, four of which are published in English and two in German, while near the city is pub-
lished a German poultry paper of considerable prominence, and in the city a monthly magazine
of general circulation. There are twenty churches in the city representing the following de-
nominations: Baptist, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Evangelical, Lutheran, Evangelical Luth-
eran, Zion's Church, Methodist Episcopal, Presbyterian, German Reformed, and Universalist,
services being held in English, German, Swedish, Norwegian and Polish.
The secret societies'and fraternities are well represented in Wausau. The Masonic fra-
ternity has lodge, chapter, council and commandery as well as Eastern Star; the Odd Fellows

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