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Murray, D. J. Manufacturing Company (1881-?) | Historical Construction Equipment Association

Name: Murray, D. J. Manufacturing Company (1881-?)

Historical Note:

Donald J. Murray was born near Wick, Scotland, on March 23, 1844, and came to the US in 1867, living first in Menominee, Michigan, until 1874 when he came to Wausau, Wisconsin, and became superintendent of Ely Wright’s business, Wausau Iron Works, manufacturing mill machinery and general foundry work.  In 1879, Murray was admitted to a partnership, and the firm's name became Wright & Murray. Wright retired and, in 1881, the D. J. Murray Company was organized.  It became the largest foundry and machine shop in the Northwest.

Murray acquired the interests of the old firm and enlarging the scope of the business to include the manufacture of all types of sawmill machinery.  In 1884, the entire plant burned to the ground, but confidently, Mr. Murray immediately rebuilt what became an even larger and more modern facility.

In March 1921, Mr. Murray disposed of his interests in the company to a group of Wausau investors and ended his business career.  He died on December 13, 1933, and his former business continued in operation at least through 1935.

Sources: http://www.marathoncountyhistory.org and company sales literature.
Note Author: Thomas Berry

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