William Irvine

William Irvine (HMPYS)

Location: Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 Chippewa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 56.929', W 91° 23.999'

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October 28, 1851 - December 26, 1927

William Irvine was born in Mount Carroll, Illinois of Scotch-Irish ancestry. He came to the Chippewa Valley when he was 14 years old to work for his brother-in-law, who was captain of a raft boat towing lumber from Chippewa Falls to Mississippi River points. He worked as a watchman, clerk, scaler and lumber salesman until 1885 when he became manager of Frederick Weyerhaeuser's Chippewa Lumber & Boom Company. In its time it was the largest sawmill under one roof in the world.

William Irvine also held executive positions in the field of railroading, lumber, insurance and banking in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He married Miss Adelaide Beardsley on October 8, 1873 and together they had one daughter, Ruth.

It was through his efforts that Irvine Park was created. 163 acres of land was donated to the people of Chippewa Falls in 1906 by William Irvine, L.C. Stanley and the Chippewa Lumber & Boom Company.

Mr. Irvine provided funds for many of the park roads, for this historic Picnic Pavilion built in 1908 and for the historic Bandstand built in 1924. He also provided a $100,000 endowment in his will for the park.

Chippewa County Historical Society Marker Sign #23
Marker Number23_MARKER_NU
Placed ByThe Chippewa County Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 8:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 626218 N 4978509
Decimal Degrees44.94881667, -91.39998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 56.929', W 91° 23.999'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 56' 55.74" N, 91° 23' 59.94" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 700-798 Wolfe Dr, Chippewa Falls WI 54729, US
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