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Jump River Town Hall
Purcell and Elmslie
Jump River, Wisconsin   1915

Parabiographies entry, Volume for 1910
Text by William Gray Purcell

Job Date (in Parabiography): June 15, 1915

Jump River Town Hall, Jump River, Wisconsin

Jump River is a little lumber town in the sticks where the Own Lumber Company of Stanley, Wisconsin had been going back to cut over timber lands which had first been cut twenty years before under the wasteful system of that era when only the perfect white pines were cut and the rest allowed to burn up. I used the horizontal interlocking system of broad boards and fillets and gave the building something of the feeling of the old log lumber camp buildings. Whether the Jump River populace enjoyed having their town hall look like a wanigan instead of a little cracker box, I do not know, but it looked comfortable and practical.

   Collection: William Gray Purcell Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota [AR:B4d1.9]
research courtesy mark hammons