Gregoryville Saw Mill

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• First settled in 1851, Lake Linden was at the heart of a booming lumber district with a thriving French Canadian community. French Canadians published newspapers, established churches and schools, and worked in sawmills. One of the most well-known individuals associated with that industry was Joseph Grégoire. Born in St. Valentin, Quebec in 1833, he came to Lake Linden when he was 21 years old. He found work as a woodsman, and in 1867 went into partnership with Louis Deschamps and Joseph Normandin. Together, they operated a sawmill until 1872 when Grégoire assumed sole ownership. Grégoire ultimately built a small empire consisting of mills, factories, and 65 thousand acres of timberlands. Grégoire also had a hand in constructing Lake Linden’s first church: St. Joseph’s was built in 1871 and dedicated to St. Joseph de Calasant.To learn more about the French Canadian community in Lake Linden, visit the Interior Ellis Island web site.
12/14/2005 7:02:15 PM by Erik Nordberg, MTU Archivist