1923 – William H. Collins Dies

On this date prominent Wisconsin lumberman William H. Collins died. Collins founded and served as president of the Collins Brothers Lumber Company and the Ellefson Lumber Company, which controlled eleven lumberyards throughout the state. He was directly involved in much of Madison’s commercial and civic growth in the late 19th century. He served as director of the Bank of Wisconsin and owned coal yards and virgin timber in both Michigan and Wisconsin. [Source: , p.49]