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Chippewa Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

William Irvine

October 28, 1851 – December 26, 1927

 
 
William Irvine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
1. William Irvine Marker
Inscription. 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

 
Erected by the Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 23.)
Marker and Picnic Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
2. Marker and Picnic Pavilion

 
Location. 44° 56.929′ N, 91° 23.999′ W. Marker is in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker can be reached from Irvine Park Drive north of Wolfe Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the Picnic Pavilion in Irvine Park. Marker is in this post office area: Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of Old Abe (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Irvine Park Drive Bridge (about 600 feet away); The Chippewa Valley Electric Railway Co. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Northern Wisconsin State Fair (approx. mile away); Sunny Valley School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pioneer Norwegian Log Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ronald P. Anders (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
 
Also see . . .  Wisconsin Historical Society. (Submitted on December 6, 2010.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Nearby Log Display image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
3. Nearby Log Display
1430 Bd. Ft. Approximate
Nearby Bandstand image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 27, 2011
4. Nearby Bandstand
The historic bandstand that is noted on the marker.
Plaque on Bandstand Pillar image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 27, 2011
5. Plaque on Bandstand Pillar
Dedication concert by Knights of Pythias Band 1924.
Plaque on Bandstand Pillar image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 27, 2011
6. Plaque on Bandstand Pillar
Donated by William Irvine May 11, 1924.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,155 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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