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business our stories the history of marthon county exhibit marathon county historical society

BusinessOur Stories: The History of Marthon County ExhibitMarathon County Historical Society

State Standards:

Identify and examine various sources of information that are used for constructing an understanding of the past, such as artifacts, documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, paintings, architecture, oral presentations, graphs, and charts

D.4.6 Identify the economic roles of various institutions, including households, businesses, and government

A.4.8 Identify major changes in the local community that have been caused by human beings, such as a construction project, a new highway, a building torn down, or a fire; discuss reasons for these changes; and explain their probable effects on the community and the environment

you move to a desolate piece of land what supplies will you run out of first
You move to a desolate piece of land, what supplies will you run out of first?

Tools?

Clothes?

Food?

Where do you get these supplies today?

where do you think early settlers replaced their dwindling supplies
Where do you think early settlers replaced their dwindling supplies?
  • Merchants like August Kickbusch, brought wagons filled with supplies to sell
what about stores
What about stores?
  • As the population grew rapidly, so did retail shops.
  • Businesses listed in the 1905 Wausau City Directory

100 dressmakers 28 grocers

12 music teachers 19 confectioners

10 cigar makers 7 milliners

4 druggists 18 hotels

10 meat markets 8 tailors

10 barbers

Do these businesses still exist today?

What has happened to them?

advertising
Advertising
  • Since the majority of the population was from Germany and spoke German, many stores made German advertisements
  • What languages are advertisements in today?
what happens to the loggers when the trees have all been cut down
What happens to the loggers when the trees have all been cut down?
  • They go home and find new jobs.
  • The lumber and saw mills close.
  • New industry is created in its place.
  • All of the above
what else can you make out of wood besides lumber
What else can you make out of wood besides lumber?
  • Excelsior Companies made packing materials
  • Box factories made wooden shipping boxes
  • Werheim Manufacturing Company made wood trim, window molding, and doors.
  • Paper Mills began
the wausau group
"The Wausau Group"
  • These prominent business leaders met in 1901 to discuss how to revitalize the local economy.
  • They helped create paper mills, the electric trolley line in Wausau, and created Employers Mutual Liability Insurance Company.
w h at local business today were formed in wausau
What local business today were formed in Wausau?
  • Greenheck
    • 1947 brothers Bernie and Bob Greenheck opened a metal shop in Schofield
    • Mid 1990s sales topped $100 million due to excellent products
  • Wausau Tile
    • Ed Creske began working in his Mosinee garage in 1953 making flooring and pebble covered waste containers
    • Supplies companies like McDonalds
  • Eastbay
    • In 1980 Art Juedes and Rick Gering began educating athletes about running shoes
    • 1995 sales exceeded $100 million; it is now owned by Footlocker
discussion questions
Discussion Questions
  • What happened when all the trees were cut down?
  • What can you make out of wood besides lumber?
  • If these companies had not opened would Wausau still be around today?
  • Name a business today that started in Marathon County.
  • Why are these large companies important to Wausau?
  • What would you like to be when you grow up? How is that job important to the community?