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Iola in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Iola Mills

 
 
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By Keith L, July 12, 2010
1. Iola Mills Marker
Inscription. Colonel J.W. Chandler, S.S. Chandler, and S. Miller built Iola's first dam and sawmill in 1853. The partners then constructed a grist mill, adding a flour mill 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.

Erected 2008
Wisconsin Historical Society

 
Erected 2008 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 518.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 30.598′ N, 89° 7.861′ W. Marker is in Iola, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street
Iola Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 12, 2010
2. Iola Mills Marker
The marker is between the boulder and highway signage.
(State Highway 49) and Mill Street (State Highway 161) on North Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 North Main Street, Iola WI 54945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Iola Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The “Spud Alley” Era (about 600 feet away); 1999 Father's Day Fire (approx. 0.2 miles away); Iola’s Early History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Iola’s Dr. Loope (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Numismatic News (approx. 0.3 miles away); Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show (approx. 0.3 miles away); Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Iola.
 
Also see . . .  History of Iola Mills. (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by Melinda Roberts of De Pere, United States.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Melinda Roberts, September 19, 2012
3. Iola Mills Marker
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By Melinda Roberts, September 19, 2012
4. Iola Mills Marker
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By Melinda Roberts, September 19, 2012
5. Iola Mills
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By K. Linzmeier, September 18, 2014
6. Iola Mills and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 591 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Melinda Roberts of De Pere, United States.   6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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