Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Wausau History

Marathon County Historical Society


Read More About It

"Wisconsin Heartland: The Story of Wausau and Marathon County" by Michael Kronenwetter

"Wausau in 1900" compiled by George Alfred Martin


Vocabulary:

industrialist
enterprises


Interesting Fact:

Yawkey's wife, Alice, named the town Hazelhurst due to the abundance of hazelnut trees in the area.


Study Questions:

  • What were the various companies that Yawkey was involved in during his lifetime?
  • What was Yawkey's rank during World War I?
  • How is Yawkey connected to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Cyrus Yawkey:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on May 18:

    1953: Jacqueline Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.
    1980: The volcano Mount St. Helens erupts.



  • May 18

    May 18, 1943: Cyrus C. Yawkey, a Wausau lumber and paper industrialist, died on this date. Born on August 29, 1862 in Chicago, Yawkey moved to Wausau in 1899 after spending ten years in Hazelhurst. In Wausau, Yawkey was involved in organizing and operating many lumber, paper, electric and railroad enterprises. He was a member of the state Assembly from 1895-1896.


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