Wausau, WI: G.D. Jones Land Co., .
Large folding brochure printed in black and green, with plat map on one side and extensive text on the other. 9"x 5" when folded; unfolds to 18" x 20". Fair to good condition only: rumpled and has staining, small amount of text obscured by old paper residue, split at one fold, some archival tape repairs. The map covers the whole of Marathon County (divided into townships with numbered tracts), showing numerous waterways and railroad lines, as well as the locations of mills and schools. A box at the upper left lists the 18 towns in which the company holds land, and large text at the upper right assures the reader that "all parts of the county are connected by good roads." Text on the verso is divided into sections on railroads, settlement and population growth, factories and markets, schools and churches, cities and villages, county buildings, climate, soil, crops, and dairying and stock raising. Prospective buyers are assured that they can pay for their land simply by selling the timber they cut to clear it, and in the winter when not farming they can find employment in the nearby lumber camps and saw mills for good wages. There are also reassurances for those who fear bad weather. "There has never been a winter when the grass or winter grain was killed. No resident of Marathon County has ever been lost in a blizzard, and no Marathon County man has ever been compelled to sell his stock because of lack of water or grass." The land company's founder, Granville D. Jones, was an entrepreneurial Wausau resident who also founded the Wausau Telephone Company and was involved in the local bank, insurance compny, and other businesses. Two copies located in OCLC, both at the Wisconsin Historical Society.