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The Norway House & the Birthplace of Alexander Wiley

 
 
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By Keith L, April 27, 2011
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Inscription. Built in 1871 by Alexander Wiley Sr. and Nels Elikson, the rooming house over the years was home for hundreds of immigrants, lumber jacks, mill workers, farm hands and log drivers (known as river pigs). In 1887 Wiley Sr. became the sole owner and operated it until 1895 when he sold it to Erick and Johanna Myrman. The Myrmans operated the Norway House until 1915 after which it was rented to various other operators until 1939 when the building was razed.

In its heyday, room and board was $4 per week. Horses were fed and bedded down in a large connected barn for 25 cents per day.

This site was also the birthplace of Alexander Wiley Junior. Born here in 1884 to Norwegian immigrants, Alex and Sophia, he went from the lumberyards of the northwoods to the Capital grounds of Washington, D.C.

Not satisfied with his first job as a lumberman which paid 15 cents per hour, Alexander attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis and then received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He returned to his hometown and practiced law for thirty years and also was elected to three consecutive terms as Chippewa County District Attorney.

Elected to represent Wisconsin in 1939 as a United States Senator, Alexander was a diligent worker for U.S. foreign affairs, military and industrial research, preservation
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2. The Norway House & the Birthplace of Alexander Wiley Marker
of natural resources and veteran's rights. He served a distinguishing twenty-four years in Washington D. C., retiring in 1963.

Chippewa County Historical Society Marker Sign #27

 
Erected by Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 27.)
 
Location. 44° 56.191′ N, 91° 23.635′ W. Marker is in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is on West Grand Avenue west of North Bridge Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 West Grand Avenue, Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Federal Building & Early Mail Service (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward Rutledge Charity (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away); Oldest Commercial Building in Chippewa Falls (about 700 feet away); Trinity United Methodist Church (about 800 feet away); The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Hiram S. Allen Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Mason Shoe Factory (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
 
Also see . . .  Alexander Wiley. Wikipedia
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entry. (Submitted on May 25, 2011.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 707 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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