Near Wausau in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
First Workers' Compensation Law
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1865.
Location. 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. Marker was at a highway wayside that was permanently closed as a cost saving measure. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 410 Mcindoe Street, Wausau WI 54403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
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.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,773 times since then and 31 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week April 4, 2010. Photos: 1. submitted on April 13, 2009. 2. submitted on March 29, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on January 6, 2017, by Eric Kuntz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.