Obit: MacMillan, John (1844 - 1908)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: MacMillan, Lindsay, McIntyre, Wing
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) September 9, 1998
MacMillan, John (November 1844 - 1908)
A prominent business man and pioneer of Clark County, John MacMillan, passed away here this week.
MacMillan was born in Storm Mont, Ontario, Canada in Nov. 1844. At the age of 13, he left home to take up the battle of life and to hew his way to success and fortune. He went to Michigan, residing there for four years. He then came to Wisconsin and started to learn the lumbering business from the ground up. Starting the venture, he became a woodsman and also worked on the lumber rafts on the Mississippi River. Although much of his time was spent in the woods, he made Neillsville his home when he wasn’t in the woods. His schooling in the woods was time well spent, as is attested by the eminent success he later made in his business operations.
In the early ‘70s he was associated with the late F. D. Lindsay in lumbering, under the firm name of MacMillan and Lindsay. He was later superintendent of the Black River Improvement Co. During this period of his business, sagacity began to have its reward. He was shrewd in his investments and rarely erred in his judgments. Successful in his business operations, he still, at the same time, was energetic in his efforts to develop Clark County.
MacMillan, at one time, was associated as manager and director of the Iowa-Wisconsin Coal Co. and also had large holdings in western timber. He had a great interest in the Neillsville Bank and was a director of the institution at the time of his death.
In 1875 MacMillan married Mary McIntyre of Cornwall, Canada, and they came to Neillsville to make their home. They had four children, Donald, Beatrice, Eva and Mrs. Frank Wing.
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