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Wells in Delta County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Isaac Stephenson

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
1. Isaac Stephenson Marker
Inscription.  In 1846, the Smith Brothers sold the lower mill on the Escanaba River to Jefferson Sinclair, a Maine lumberman, and Daniel Wells, Jr., a Milwaukee lumberman, after whom the Village of Wells was named. In 1847, Isaac Stephenson of New Brunswick, Canada arrived to skid logs for Sinclair and Wells with a team of six oxen and continued as foreman and timber cruiser until 1854. After timber cruising and contract logging for Holt and Mason for the mill at Masonville, Stephenson bought an interest in the lower mill on the Escanaba and in other sawmills in the area. By 1902, Isaac Stephenson owned 140,000 acres and was a millionaire. In 1912, the Escanaba Pulp and Paper Company built at the site viewed through the trees, now Mead Corporation.
 
Location. 45° 47.838′ N, 87° 4.609′ W. Marker is in Wells, Michigan, in Delta County. Marker can be reached from Mead Road north of US Highway 2/US Highway 41/Michigan Highway 35. Marker is on a nature/historical trail behind the parking lot at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Escanaba Forest Management Unit. Touch for map
Isaac Stephenson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
2. Isaac Stephenson Marker
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6833 Hwy 2, 41 & M-35, Wells MI 49894, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forest Management (here, next to this marker); Waterpowered Sawmills (a few steps from this marker); Escanaba River (within shouting distance of this marker); Lumberjacks (within shouting distance of this marker); River Drives (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bill Bonifas (about 500 feet away); First Public Schoolhouse in Escanaba (approx. 3.8 miles away); Ludington Hotel (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wells.
 
Also see . . .
1. Isaac Stephenson. Wikipedia article that also tells of Stephenson's political career in Wisconsin. (Submitted on September 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

2. The Decline of Manufacturing in America: A Case Study. Article on the Naked Capitalism website that mentions that the Mead Corporation merged with WestVaco to form MeadWestVaco in 2002. In 2005, Cerberus purchased five MeadWestVaco mills, including the Escanaba mill, and formed NewPage. (Submitted on September 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

3. Verso Corporation Completes Buyout of NewPage. Article in the Keweenaw Report that indicates that NewPage was purchased by Verso Corporation in 2015. (Submitted on September 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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