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Wisconsin Genealogy Resources

Business and Commerce

  • Association of American Railroads. Wisconsin's Railroads: Their Part in the Development of the State. Washington, D.C.: The Association, 1948.

  • Aucutt, Donald M. Van Ryn: Architect in Central Wisconsin at Century's Turn.  Central/Northwoods Wisconsin Architectural Museum, 1992.

  • Connor, Mary Roddis. A Century with Connor Timber: Connor Forest Industries, 1872-1972. Stevens Point, Wisconsin: Printed by Worzalla Publishing Co., 1972.

  • Hamilton, Charles C.  The North Woods Journal of Charles C. Hamilton: An Englishman in Wisconsin's Lumber Camps, 1892-1893. Rudolph, Wisconsin: River City Memoirs, 1992.

  • Knapp-Stout & Co. Company Photos Archive. In 1846 the partners John H. Knapp, Henry L. Stout, William Wilson, and Andrew Tainter founded the Knapp, Stout Company, which then began its long and profitable career in the lumber industry, first in Wisconsin and later expanding to adjoining states.  Benefiting by superior leadership and a strategic location in Menomonie, the company withstood the financial crises of the 1870's by plowing its earnings back into large-scale timberland investments, improvements, and enlargements of its physical facilities as well as by integrating and diversifying its operations.  In 1878 the company easily made the transition from a partnership organization to a corporation, changing its name to The Knapp-Stout and Co., Company, which title it retained until its dissolution in the early years of the 20th century.

  • Kroll, Wayne L. Badger Breweries Past and Present. Jefferson, Wisconsin: Kroll, 1976.

  • Kroll, Wayne L. Wisconsin Breweries and Their Bottles.  Jefferson, Wiscnsin: Kroll, 1972.

  • McCormick-International Harvester Digital Collection. The McCormick-International Harvester Company Collection contains documents, publications, photographs and films related to Cyrus Hall McCormick and the International Harvester Company. The collection includes more than 12 million pages or items dating from 1753 to 1985.  These items document the history of  the agricultural equipment industry, the McCormick family, and many other topics in fields as diverse as the history of advertising, technology, labor, business, rural life, philanthropy, architecture, Virginia and Chicago. 

  • Oehlerts, Donald E., compiler. Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers, 1833-1957. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1958.

  • Ouimette, Helen E. Country Catalog of Memories: A Childhood on a German-American Farm in the Late 1920's and 30's. Neillsville, Wisconsin: H.E. Ouimette, 1986.

  • Rentmeester, Les. The Wisconsin fur-trade people / by Les and Jeanne Rentmeester. [Wisconsin?] : L. & J. Rentmeester, [c1991] iii, 318, 5 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.

  • Rosholt, Malcolm Leviatt. The Wisconsin Logging Book, 1839-1939. Rosholt, Wisconsin: Rosholt House, 1980.

  • Walsh, Margaret. The Manufacturing Frontier: Pioneer Industry in Antebellum Wisconsin, 1830-1860. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1972.