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The last of the lumber barons

“As he nears 97, J.A. Mathieu Builds His 10th Sawmill” read the

Times’ headline of July 13, 1966.

The new Mathieu mill was out on Rainy Lake, five miles from downtown Fort Frances. This was the fourth mill erected on the Rainy Lake site.

Born in 1869 at Alma, Wis., J.A. Mathieu had entered into the logging

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