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Term: Paine, Edward Lathrop 1801 - 1893

Definition:

lumberman, b. Pomfret, Conn. He worked for a number of years in various mercantile enterprises in New York and Pennsylvania, and later operated a lumber business in Canisteo, N.Y. In 1853 he made a preliminary trip to Wisconsin to examine the lumbering prospects, moved to Milwaukee in 1854, and in 1855 settled in Oshkosh. There, with his son, CHARLES NELSON PAINE (b. Orwell, Pa.), he built a sawmill on the Fox River. In the early days of the operation, Charles Paine spent most of his time in the woods supervising logging operations, while his brother, GEORGE MILTON PAINE (b. Orwell, Pa.), and father directed operations at the mill. The elder Paine retired from the business in 1870, and after that date it was known as C. N. Paine and Co. Although it was burned out by a disastrous fire in 1874, the company rebuilt larger facilities, and by 1880 it was Oshkosh's leading producer of lumber, shingles, sashes, and doors. The firm was reincorporated in 1883 as the Paine Lumber Co., Ltd., and upon Charles Paine's death in 1885, his brother George M. Paine assumed the presidency. George Paine was president of the firm until his own death in 1917, and in this capacity insured the success of the door and sash factory (built in 1884) by convincing railroad men of the feasibility of transporting logs by rail and by building flatcars especially designed for this purpose. The innovation enabled him to tap timber resources in Iron County, Mich., and in Forest County, Wis. When even these pine-lands sources were threatened with exhaustion, Paine inaugurated the production of hardwood doors, and in 1904 erected a veneer mill, the first to be used exclusively in door manufacturing. When George Paine died in 1917, his son NATHAN PAINE, b. Oshkosh and educated at Lawrence College and the Univ. of Michigan, became president of the company. He served in this capacity until 1947, and during his tenure the company became the largest in the American millwork industry. In the 1930's he engaged in the construction of hollow core doors based upon a French patent owned by the SociTtT le Rezo, an innovation that enabled the Paine Lumber Co. to weather the depression of the 1930's. He was also known as a philanthropist, and founded the Paine Art Center and Aboretum in Oshkosh. Paine Lumber Co., 100 Years Paine Lumber Co. (Oshkosh, 1953); W. A. Titus, Hist. of the Fox River Valley . . . (3 vols., Chicago, 1930); P. V. Lawson, et al., eds., Hist. of Winnebago Co. (2 vols., Chicago, 1908); Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, May 7, 1885, June 17, 1893, Dec. 29, 1917, Jan. 15, 1947.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Paine Family Papers for details.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

114 records found

Pabst, Frederick 1836 - 1904
Pabst, Gustave G. 1866 - 1943
Pabst, Norman W. 1905 - 1989
Pabst, Richard E. 1933
Packard, Wesley L. 1918
Padway, Joseph Arthur 1891 - 1947
Paeschke, Charles August 1857 - 1935
Paine, Byron 1827 - 1871
Paine, Col. Halbert E. (1826-1905)
Paine, Edward Lathrop 1801 - 1893
Palmer, Henry 1827 - 1895
Palmer, Henry L. 1819 - 1909
Palmer, William Fink 1855 - 1933
Panys
Panzer, Frank E. 1890
Panzer, Mary E. 1951
Paquette, Pierre 1799? - 1836
Park, Byron Beach 1858 - 1939
Park, Roswell 1807 - 1869
Parker, George Safford 1863 - 1937
Parkhurst, Helen 1887 - 1973
Parkin, John 1918
Parkinson, Daniel Morgan 1790 - 1868
Parys, Ronald G. 1938
Patton, James Edward 1832 - 1904
Patzer, Conrad E. 1862 - 1932
Paul, George Howard 1826 - 1890
Paul, Les 1915 - 2009
Paulson, David E. 1931
Paxson, Frederick Logan 1877 - 1948
Payne, Henry Clay 1843 - 1904
Peabody, Arthur 1858 - 1942
Peavey [Peavy], Hubert Haskell 1881 - 1937
Peck, George Wilbur 1840 - 1916
Peck, Roseline [Willard] [Mrs. Eben Peck) 1808 - 1
Peckham, Elizabeth Maria Gifford 1854 - 1940
Peckham, Elizabeth ["Lila"] 1843 - 1871
Peckham, George Williams 1845 - 1914
Pelecky, Stan T. 1934
Pellant, Howard F. 1911
Peloquin, Bruce S. 1936
Pennings, Bernard Henry 1861 - 1955
Peorias
Pepikokias
Perala, Reino A. 1915
Percival, James Gates 1795 - 1856
Perrot, Nicolas 1644 - 1717
Perry, Melvin Withington 1864 - 1951
Petak, George 1949
Peter, George 1859 - 1950
Peterson, Francis L. 1904
Peterson, James D.H. 1894
Peterson, Merlin J. 1901
Peterson, Richard E. 1920
Petri, Thomas E. 1940
Petrowski, Jerry 1950
Pettis, Mark L. 1950
Petuns
Pfister, Charles [Frederick] 1859 - 1927
Pfister, Guido 1818 - 1889
Philipp, Emanuel Lorenz 1861 - 1925
Phillips, Vel 1924
Piankeshaws
Pickard, Josiah Little 1824 - 1914
Pier, Kate [Hamilton] 1845 - 1925
Pierce, Solon Wesley 1831 - 1903
Pinney, Silas U. 1833 - 1899
Pious, Lois 1938
Pitt, Yvonne (Yvonnie, Vonnie) Jean b. 1928-
Plache, Kimberly M. 1961
Plale, Jeffrey T. 1968
Plankinton, John 1820 - 1891
Plantz, Samuel 1859 - 1924
Plewa, John R. 1945
Plombon, David 1961
Plouff, Joe 1950
Pocan, Mark 1964
Poles in Wisconsin
Pomeroy, Marcus Mills ["Brick"] 1833 - 1896
Pommerening, Glen E. 1927
Pond, James Burton 1838 - 1903
Pontiac, Ottawa Chief, 1720?-1769
Pope-Roberts, Sondy 1950
Poplawski, Stephen J. 1885 - 1956
Porlier, Jacques 1765 - 1839
Porter, Cloyd A. 1935
Potawatomi Indians
Potter, Calvin 1945
Potter, John Fox 1817 - 1899
Potter, John M. 1924
Potter, Rosemary 1952
Pound, Thaddeus Coleman 1833 - 1914
Powell, David Franklin ["White Beaver"] 1847 - 190
Power, Frederick Belding 1853 - 1927
Powers, Mike 1962
Pratt, Morris (1820-1902)
Presbyterians in Wisconsin
Preus, Adolph Carl 1814 - 1878
Preus, Herman Amberg 1825 - 1894
Price, William Thompson 1824 - 1886
Priebe, Kenneth E. 1912
Pritchard, John 1884
Pritzlaff, Fred C. 1861 - 1931
Pritzlaff, John 1820 - 1900
Prophet, The (Shawnee), 1768-1834
Prophet, The (Winnebago)
Prosser, Jr., David T. 1942
Protheroe, Daniel 1866 - 1934
Prown, Katherine Hemple 1963 -
Proxmire, William 1915-
Puelicher, John Huegin 1869 - 1935
Puerto Ricans in Wisconsin
Purdy, William T. 1882 - 1918
Putnam, Henry Cleveland 1832 - 1912

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