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Curtiss-Wedge, F.; Jones, Geo. O. (ed.) / History of Dunn County, Wisconsin

Chapter X: The Knapp Stout & Co. company,   pp. 60-70

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died at his home in Dubuque on July 17, 1900. It was claimed as a remarkable
coincidence that on the day of Mr. Stout's death the rear of the last drive from
Rice Lake left that place. At about the same time, James Bracklin of Rice Lake,
head woods foreman, and one of the well known characters of the northwest, died,
the date of his passing being July 26, 1900.
Singularly enough, the lives of the founders nearly spanned the period of activity
of the big lumber company. Though the organization went on. and the mills kept
on sawing, in the course of a short time it was necessary to abandom manufacture
because of the exhaustion of the supply of material. The Cedar Falls and Downs-
ville mills ceased work in the fall of 1900. The following year the three Menomonie
mills-the steam mill, the water mill and. the shingle mill-closed business, the
last raft being sent down the river on August 12, 1901.
The water power and franchises were sold to the Wisconsin Power Company,
which disposed of them to the Chippewa Valley Railway, Light & Power Company,
by which they are now owned and operated for the transmission of electric current
to various points. The St. Louis property was taken over by the heirs of T. B.
Wilson. The Thornton, Ark., interests were acquired by J. H. Stout, who greatly
extended them. He died Dec. 10, 1910. F. D. Stout purchased the properties
of the company located at Leeper, Mo., Dubuque and Fort Madison, Ia., and in
Mississippi. The land holdings in this vicinity went to various parties. The
Wisconsin Land Company purchased a large tract of Barron and Washburn County
Thus closed one of the most interesting chapters in the history of Northern
Wisconsin's pioneer industry, the source of its greatest wealth, a chiapter without
which the annals of settlement and progress in the entire northwest would be in-

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