William Wallace Eastman

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William Wallace Eastman

Birthplace: Conway, Carroll, New Hampshire
Death: Died in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
Place of Burial: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
Immediate Family:

Son of William Kimball K. Eastman and Rhoda Messer
Husband of Susan Randall Eastman
Father of Fred Wallace Eastman; Ida May Loring and Josie Belle Eastman
Brother of John Whittemore Eastman; Haskett Derby Eastman; Ezra Eastman; Annette Electa Eastman; Charlotte Augusta Eastman and 3 others

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About William Wallace Eastman


William helped in the industrial revolution of Minneapolis. To mention a Few: built Cataract Mills; North Star Woolen Mill; First Paper Mill; First Wheat Elevator in MN in 1866; Anchor Flouring Mill (later traded to ex-Gov John S. Pillsbury of the famed Pillsbury Co of present day); Lumber business, Eastman, Bovey & Co, owning timber lands in State of Washington; purchased Nicollet Island lying in river just above St Anthony Falls, MN; credited with "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men..."; his construction company helped build the first section of road from Duluth to the Red River, completed in 1872; in 1890s he purchased the consolidated Breweries of Minneapolis; in 1890s build a large magnificent Hotel in Hot Springs, AR, called the Hotel Eastman & considered one of the largest and best equipped in the country & classed with the Ponce de Leon in Jacksonville, FL; sheep raising in Montana; wholesale Grocery house of Dunham & Eastman; & numerous other business ventures.

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William Wallace Eastman's Timeline

February 6, 1827
Conway, Carroll, New Hampshire
Age 26
He came to St. Anthony (Minneapolis), MN and partnered with his brother in the flour mill.
July 23, 1855
Age 28
Age 30
He sold out and partnered with Paris Gibson and built the 1st flour mill on the west side, Cataract Mills
August 15, 1859
Age 32
March 16, 1863
Age 36
Age 41
He originated the water power enterprise.
June 1, 1871
Age 44
Age 44
He was one of the construction companies that built the 1st section of road for the Northern Pacific Co. extending from Duluth to the Red river.
Age 74
Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota