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Near Wausau in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Workers’ Compensation Law

 
 
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Courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
1. First Workers' Compensation Law Marker
Inscription. The Wisconsin Workmen's Compensation Act of 1911 assured victims of work-relat­ed accidents or illnesses just compensation regardless of fault. With this law, enact­ed on May 3, 1911, Wisconsin became the first state to have a constitutional system for providing medical expenses, wage loss payments, or death benefits to employ­ees or their families. The law is regarded as a pioneering act of social legislation and a major accomplishment of Wisconsin's progressive movement.

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.
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 2, 2009
2. First Workers' Compensation Law Marker
The marker was originally in a wayside area along I-39/U.S. Hwy 51, south of Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, Wisconsin. When the highway was upgraded, the wayside was closed, and the marker removed. It has been stored in the back hallway of the Marathon County Historical Society ever since.
44° 57.851′ N, 89° 37.542′ W. Marker is near Wausau, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker can be reached from Mcindoe Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker was at a highway wayside that was permanently closed as a cost saving measure. Marker is at or near this postal address: 410 Mcindoe Street, Wausau WI 54403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneer Rehabilitation Center (approx. ¼ mile away); Third Marathon County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Federal Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Big Bull Falls (approx. 0.4 miles away); Big Bull Falls • Birthplace of Wausau (approx. 0.4 miles away); Why is it called Big Bull Falls? (approx. half a mile away); Battle of the Bulge Monument (approx. half a mile away); Business Boomed at Big Bull Falls (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Wausau.
 
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.)
 
Additional comments.
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By Eric Kuntz, December 30, 2016
3. First Workers' Compensation Law Marker
Marker is now on display outside the entrance to the Woodson History Center.

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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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,528 times since then and 65 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1. submitted on .   2. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on , by Eric Kuntz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 11, 2017.
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