Iola Mills
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Benron
N 44° 30.595 W 089° 07.871
16T E 330603 N 4930719
Quick Description: A historical marker in Iola, WI
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 3/12/2010 8:07:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM8CQ2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
Views: 8

Long Description:
Colonel J.W. Chandler, S.S. Chandler, and I. Miller built Iola's first dam and sawmill in 1853. The partners then constructed a grist mill, adding a flour ill two years later. In 1860, Henry Wipf purchased a controlling interest in the Iola Mills. Wipf secured sole ownership to his two sons, Jacob and Conrad, who renamed it J. & C. Wipf Mills.

The Wipfs continued investing in the property, adding a rail spur in 1893. They rebuilt the sawmill and added a stone engine house and mill office in 1898. Four generations of the family owned and operated the business for over 100 years, ending with Fredrick J. Wipf.

When area lumbering diminished in 1930, the Wipfs demolished the sawmill, but the business continued to plane wood and to mill feed until the complex closed in 1963.
County: Waupaca

Location: Building

MarkerID: 517

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