Florence, WI Earthquake Damages Mill, Sep 1889



Kaukauna, Wis., Sept. 10. -- The village of Florence, a small place one mile above here, was shaken on Saturday by what is believed to have been an earthquake. A booming, rumbling sound that seemed to issue from the earth was heard, and people in the vicinity were horror-stricken, believing that something terrible was about to happen. The disturbance of the earth's interior seemed to have been directly under the spot where stands the immense pulp and paper mill of the Van Nortwick-Rogers company, and great damage was done to the structure. This mill was but recently completed. It is built entirely of stone, and is the largest paper and pulp mill in the United States.
In order to get power to turn the great mill the waters of the Fox River were dammed by a stone wall fourteen feet thick. Immediately following the rumbling a crack three inches wide appeared in this wall, allowing the water to escape through it. An examination of the mill showed damages that will reach far into the thousands. The north and east walls of the mill are cracked in many places and have separated from the floor and roof several inches. All of the machinery in the north end will have to be set over, as it is all out of place, many shafts being bent. An artesian well on a bluff 200 feet above the mill has ceased to flow since the occurrence.

Logansport Journal Indiana 1889-09-11