Near Mosinee in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
First Workers’ Compensation Law
On September 1, 1911, the date the law became fully effective, a mutual insurance company began operations in a one-room office in downtown Wausau. The company, which was formed by a group of central Wisconsin businessmen as a means of meeting their responsibilities under the new law, is today known throughout the world as Wausau Insurance Companies.
The purchaser of the first policy issued by the fledgling insurer was the Mosinee Paper Corporation, then known as Wausau Sulphate Fibre Company. That contract is recognized as the nation's first valid workers' compensation policy.
Erected 1985 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 274.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker was at a highway wayside that was permanently closed as a cost saving measure. Marker was in this post office area: Mosinee WI 54455, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Joseph Dessert Library (approx. 1.8 miles away); John Baptiste DuBay (approx. 4.6 miles away); Du Bay Trading Post (approx. 6.6 miles away); Fallen Soldiers Memorial (approx. 8.5 miles away); Wisconsin's First Home-Built Flying Machine (approx. 9.6 miles away); Monadnocks (approx. 10.4 miles away); Rib Mountain State Park (approx. 10.4 miles away); Ancient Ripples (approx. 10.4 miles away).
More about this marker. Wausau Insurance Companies is now known as Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Mosinee Paper Corporation is now known as Wausau-Mosinee Paper Corporation.
Also see . . .
1. Historical Summary of Workers' Compensation Laws. (Submitted on April 11, 2009.)
2. Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Timeline History: Wisconsin Industrial Commission. (Submitted on April 13, 2009.)
1. Marker Found!
The First Workers' Compensation Law state historical marker has been found at the Marathon County Historical Society, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau, WI, 54401. Approximate location is 44°57.8'N, 89°37.5'W
— Submitted March 29, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.
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