Morrison County Historical Society to host book talk about timber magnate Frederick Weyerhaeuser

Author Judith Koll
Author Judith Koll

Frederick Weyerhaeuser, the industrialist who founded what is now known as the Weyerhaeuser Company, started out as a night fireman and lumber grader in his early days in the timber industry. From this humble beginning in the 1850s in Rock Island, Illinois, he grew the company into the Midwest.

The Pine Tree Lumber Company in Little Falls was an important part of the Weyerhaeuser timber empire. It ran from 1890 to approximately 1920, with Frederick sending his son Charles Weyerhaeuser to run the concern. During its time in Little Falls, Pine Tree Lumber served as a major employer and ran millions of board feet of white pine through its mills.

Judith Koll will speak about her book, “Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the American West,” at the Little Falls Carnegie Library, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Friday, April 17.
Judith Koll will speak about her book, “Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the American West,” at the Little Falls Carnegie Library, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, April 17.

On Friday, April 17, the Morrison County Historical Society is hosting a special closed event to share local Weyerhaeuser history and sites for Weyerhaeuser family members.

As part of this closed event, there will be a public book talk by author Judith Koll Healey, who has written a definitive history of Frederick Weyerhaeuser titled “Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the American West.”

The book talk will take place at the Little Falls Carnegie Library from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. The book will be available for purchase at the event. Healey will be available to sign books after her talk. The book talk is free and open to the public.