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History of Chippewa Falls,   pp. [unnumbered]-39

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Why some men are great and some are small
can easily be explained when comparing extremely
great and extremely s/nall men. But the elements
that enter into the making of a great man are so
numerous and so compl!ex, and thoe holding back
the average man from greatness so numerous and
interminate, that any explanation of a great
man is necessarily fragmentary and inadequate.
A new explanation nmst be pre-
pared for each new    great man.
Only a few general rules of analy-
sis apply to all.
If a, young man were starting
out to he great a few safe general
rules for his guidance might be
laid down. The first rule of life
for such a man is to select great
grandparents morally and physi-
cally sound. The second is to jive
calmly and temperately so as to
preserve this inherited soundness
of body and spirit. This rule in-
elades a temper as thoroughly
honest with others as with one's
self. Beyond this each man's sue-
cess is determined in large part by
his personality and in small part
by luck. But he who has followed
the e two general rules hls nade
a success of life whether men call
him great or not.
The subject of this sketch, Fred-
erick  Weyerhaeuser, is a    man
who -as followed about as closely
as frail humanity can, these two
foundation rule, of life. Having
done this it could not he otherwise
than tht he should have been a
marked man in whatever line his
lot had fallen. Strictly speaking,
his lot did not wholly fall. Itwas in
part lifted and laid by Frederick
Weyerhaeuser. But this is only
a ease under the general rule re-
garding great men. Among great
lumbermen, speaking   financially,
Frederick  Weyerhaeuser    stands
first with no claimant to dispute
the title. If there were any dis-
pute as to the title some other man
than he would have to do all the
disputing. His rise to this point
has seemingly not been for any
ambition to stand first, hut be-
cause, finding himself possessed of
powers, facing opportunities and
filled with a liking for improv-
ing opportunities he has gone quietly and force-
fully on doing these things as other conscieiitious
men do their duties. If one man is permitted to
legally acquire enormous blocks of the world's
natural resources, it is gratifying to see such men
as Mr. Weyerhaeuser take them.
Mr. Weyerhaeuser was born in Neidersaulbeim,
near Mainz, in southern Germany, Nov. 21, 1834,
a farmer's son. In 1852, at the age of 17 years,
lie caine to America, living in Erie County, Pa.,
till 1856, when le came west to Rock Island, Ill.
He began immediately his lumber career as a re-
tail dealer at Coal Valley, Ill. In 1860, however,
he began as a manufacturer, by purchasing, with
Frederick C. A. Denkmann, a small saw mill at
1863 there came to this city,
a young man, one of the class
ring regions as a woodsman.
ke his scythe, and follow the
green meadows that abound
Ind low lands in the pineries,
put up the winter's hay, or
l a tree. (ommeneing at the
mbernman's vocation, he quail-
future that was before him,
onmething more than a hewer
Rock Island. From that day to this these two
men have been equal partners in the firm of
Weyerhaeuser &   Denkmann, and associates in
many other large enterprises.
Logs for this mill were rafted down the Mis-
sissippi river, largely from the Chippewa. Mr.
Weyerhaeuser laid his plans on a long time scale,
and in so doing looked up river. He bought Wis-
consin timber for his mill and for future refe;ence.
He inspected the timber personally, became a good
judge of standing pine and of logging and raftifig
methods. He found rafting and driving methods
very wasteful. To remedy this le mapped out.a
co-operative log transportation plan which is now
known as the "Chippewa log pool." Lumbermen
had long seen the need of such a plan, but it was
not till' Mr. Weyerhaeuser proposed it and con-
sented to become its active head that these lumber-
men could trust their log interests to a pool. This
enterprise worked to the immediate and lasting
benefit of all concerned, by saving the enormous
expense of sorting logs to individual owners and
avoiding the duplication of much work in raffting
of pine and driver of logs, seeing the great possi-
bilities in the best quantity of virgin pine that
then covered the whole of the northern part of the
state, he took advantage of what laid before him.
He soon becanie an expert in locating and estimat-
ing pine. and for ltn  ears cruised the woods
partly in his ond partly for others,
among whom atas Frederick Weyer-
haeuser, who                period come on the
Chippewa. It              that great lumberman
very long to s   ilede the man that
and driving. Lands and logs were also purchased
on joint account by the co-operative interests
which embraced the Mississippi River Logging
Co., the Beef Slough Boom Co. and the Chippewa
Logging Co. They handled upwards of 500,000,-
000 feet of logs annually. This consolidation un-
der Mr. Weyerhaeuser's management began in
1871. It may be said that this was the beginning
of Mr. Weyerhaeuser's rapid ri e
as an owner and manufacturer of
The northwest lumber world is
well  sprinkled  with first-class
manufacturing plants known as
"Weyerhaeuser   concerns."  None
of these are the sole property of
Frederick   Weyerhaeuser.   Sole
ownership of lumber plants has
never been his plan of action. To
hold a half or a controlling interest
oreven a small interest is sufficient
for him, so long as a large interest
is held by other good men who can
give personal attention to the mat-
ters in hand. On the other hand
good men know it is safe to hold
a minor interest in any enterprise
controlled iy Mr. Weyerhaeuser-
safe for two reasons: the one that
their interests will not be eaten
up and the other that their inter-
ests will have the benefit of a
great man's sound judgment.
Among the lumber manufactur-
ing companies commonly known as
Weyerhaeuser concerns are the fol-
lowing: Weyerhaeuser &     Denk-
iiann and the Rock Island Lumber
& Manufacturing Co., Rock Island,
Ill.; the Chippewa   Lumber &
Boom Co., Chippewa Falls, Wis.;
the Shell Lake Lumber Co., She..
Lake, Wis.; the    White   River
Lumber Co., Mason, Wis.; the
North-Wisconsin Lumber Co.,Hay-
ward, Wis.; the Northern Lumber
Co. and the Cloquet Lumber Co.,
Cloquet, Minn.; the Nabagamon
Lumber Co., Nabagamon, Wis.;
the Musser-Sauntry   Log, Lurn-
ber & Manufacturing Co., Still-
water, Minn.; the Pine Tree Lum-
ber Co., Little Falls, Minn.; the
Coast Lumber Co., St. Paul; the
Rutledge Lumber & Manufacturing
Co., Rutledge, Minn.; Atwood Lum-
ber Co., Willow   River, Minn.;
Moon   &   Kerr   Lumbher  Company, Virginia,
Minn.; the Mississippi River Logging Co.. the
Chippewa Logging Co., and the Mississippi River
Lumber Co, These three last mentioned compa-
nies for their chief work besides other large aetiv-
ities, cover all driving and rafting operations from
the mouth of the Chippewa to its source, and on
the main channel of Mississippi from the Chip-
pewa's mouth to Grand Rapids, Minn. These con-
paries are generally large timber owners as well
as manufacturers. It is reckoned that they now
own an aggregate of 12,000,000,000 feet of stand-
ing white pine. The latest and greatest of the
Weyerhaeuser concerns is the Weyerhaeuser Tim-
ber Co. of Tacoma.
could be of service to him, cruising am
pine for which he furnished the capit:
For many years he lived amon the
Town of I'lamiheau, where he aught
field of his operations, at which tim
engaged in logging.
About 1873, he became associate
erhaeuser and Denknin of Rock
from that time his star as a ran
has been of the first magnitude.
With his partners he has b      in

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