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Simon Jones Murphy, Jr.
(1851- 1926)

Mayor S.J. Murphy
Mayor Simon J. Murphy, Jr.
1899, 1900, 1901

Simon Murphy, Jr. was born March 27, 1851, in Maine to Simon Jones Murphy Sr. and Ann Montgomery. He received his primary education in Bangor, Maine, finishing high school, in Detroit, Michigan, where his family had moved in 1866. In 1870, he entered Harvard University and graduated in the class of 1873 from the Lawrence Scientific School. His ambition was railroading, and he was promised a job with the Northern Pacific Railroad, but the financial crash of that year intervened, frustrating his intention. He then entered into his father's lumber business.

He began at the bottom rung of the ladder, driving teams, etc., and doing all the jobs of the laboring man, in the end mastering the business. Eventually, he was put in charge of a camp, and later he had control of drivers. In a few years he become a manager in his father's vast lumber business on the Saginaw River in Michigan. In 1878, he became interested in the White River lumber operations, controlled by his father, and in 1882 the firm became known as Crepin, Murphy & Sons. In 1883 after the election of officers, he became one of the directors and was made President of the White River Boom Co., remaining as such until 1885, at which time the timber owned by his firm had all been cut.

Main and Washington Streets 1900's
Main at Washington Streets, circa 1900.
Neville Public Museum of Brown County

In February, 1886, Simon came to Green Bay and built a sawmill at the mouth of the Fox River on what was known as the "Whitney Slough". This mill was one of the largest in northern Wisconsin, its capacity being twenty-five million feet per annum, running daytime only. In April of that same year, his brother Fran joined him, becoming a partner in the business. The Murphy Lumber Co. employed 250 men in the woods and in the mill. The products were shipped by water and rail to Chicago, Milwaukee, and eastern points.

On October 17, 1877, Simon married Miss Helena Bogardus Platt, daughter of James Platt. They had five children; Elsie L., Florence L., Lorraine A., Yvonne Dorr, and C. Temple.

Simon J. Murphy, Jr. died September 1, 1926, at age 75.

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life in the 1880s