Posted 7/6/22

A LOOK Back FROM THE FILES OF THE STANLEY REPUBLICAN COMPILED BY JOSEPH BACK 126 years ago May 16, 1896 ITS INDUSTRIES Stanley owes its existence to the Northwestern Lumber Co. whose largest plant is …

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126 years ago May 16, 1896

ITS INDUSTRIES Stanley owes its existence to the Northwestern Lumber Co. whose largest plant is located here. The mill here is one of the best equipped in the state. It is operated by large batteries of boilers which also furnish power for not less than six hundred men are continually in the employ of this great concern in and adjacent to Stanley.

And although the company operates a large general store in connection with its business, their employees are always at perfect liberty to buy where they please. This lumber plant has thus far been Stanley’s most important institution and that it is not likely soon to cease operations here, seems assured from the fact that they operate their own line of railroad and rolling stock into vast pine tracts which will furnish work for this plant winter and summer for the next quarter of a century.

121 years ago December 21, 1901 Received and Dedicated. Moon Memorial Library formally transferred to the library board in trust for the people.

Tuesday contained all the bright winter sunshine which it was possible for the weather director to crowd into one December day at this time. The day was also prolific of other things to Stanley people which could not be excelled when measured by the prom- ise of actual benefits to us and our posterity.

In response to invitations which had been extended to representative people throughout the state, a half hundred or so arrived on the noon train to participate in the ceremonies of dedication of the new Moon Memorial Library. Among these were Mrs. D. R. Moon the donor of the library, and immediate member of the family together with friends of the family, Hon. S. T. McKnight of Minneapolis, Col. And Mrs. James T. Barber of Eau Claire, Mrs. Porter, Hon. F. A. Hutchins of Madison and Hon. Jas. H. Stout of Menomonie, Dr. Hurd and Supt. A. E. Schafter of Chippewa Falls.

103 years ago July 11, 1919 Stanley Country has right clay for brick making The clay of the Stanley Country is most admirably suited to the making of brick, according to Assistant State Geologist E. B. Bean, who was in the city Thursday checking up on the findings of the geological surveyors who are at work upon this township. Although (Altho) the clay deposits may be shallow and not worth developing, the soil is unusually good for baking, and would be excellent building material if the fields happen to be deep. No survey has ever been made as to the extent of the brick clay here about except with the exception of the clay beds owned by the Northwestern Lumber Co.

Mr. Bean is making the rounds of the survey camps, which are sent out by the state.

50 Cent bonus granted to Northwestern employees Beginning July 1, the men employed in the Northwestern saw and planing mil and in the brick yard will receive a bo- nus of 50c a day besides their wages. This bonus, which amounts to $134 a month will not be paid until the time when the department in which these men work closes, when they will receive it in a lump sum provided they have not left the department before that time. This makes the lowest minimum wage paid $3.70 a day ($62.51 after adjustment to inflation.

47 years ago May 8, 1975 Addition to Chapman Park named in honor of Ed Fandry The city council passed a resolution naming the new addition to Chapman Park on the east side of the lake in honor of retired Alderman Edwin Fandry. This action was taken at the regular council meeting Tuesday evening.

Mayor John Kessenich read the resolution, which noted that under the leadership and tireless euorts of Fandry, the new addition had become a place of beauty, and called for it to be called “Fandry Park.”

Resolution 684 which calls for a new division of the city as to the wards and the Ordinance accompanying it which sets up the aldermanic boundaries were read for the first time.

Almost 42 years ago November 1, 1979

Historical Society Seeks Preservation of Old Mill Site Joint Organizational Meeting Planned in Near Future A small but interested group turned out for the fall meeting of the Stanley Area Historical Society on Monday evening. It was announced that some complaints had come in to the city ovcials as to the condition of the last and only remaining part of the big mill that is in Fandry Park. The society feels that it is a great marker as to the great corporation that built Stanley and did so much for it instead of only taking away….We agreed that perhaps the marker site could be cleaned up as far as weeds are concerned, but we would like to keep the “pile of rubble” (which still remains).