Brooks & Ross Mill. Photo courtesy Marathon County Historical Society.

WAUSAU — The Marathon County Historical Society will host in February “From Sawmills to Paper Mill: The Growth of Schofield, Weston & Rothschild,” another topic in its History Speaks series.

Historical Society research librarian Gary Gisselman will present at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau.

Entrepreneurs in the mid-to-late 1800s built sawmills along the Wisconsin River to turn the huge pine trees into lumber and shipped it to more populated areas. As the forests were depleted, they found ways to change focus and use the scrap wood to make paper. Gisselman will trace the history of how the paper industry contributed to building stable and thriving communities on Wausau’s southeast side.

Marathon Corp. – Rothschild. Photo courtesy Marathon County Historical Society.

There is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated.  Registration is not required.

For more information, call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.

Photos courtesy Marathon County Historical Society.