The Middle Years

Early 1860’s:  Thomas Hurlbut’s two sons assumed ownership of the Hurlbut Mill.

1872:  The brothers embarked on a bold expansion and modernization that made the mill “one of the largest in the country”.

1883:  Fire engulfed the mill and completely destroyed the building.  But with determination and dedication was rebuilt on the same site.

1899:  The Hurlbut Paper Company became an operating unit of the American Writing Paper Company, Inc.

1927:  Paul Zuhlke purchases the mill and returns to an independently owned enterprise, and started producing photographic paper.

1936 – 1940:  Hurlbut saturating papers were introduced to the plastics industry.  Gone now are the book, bond and ledger papers.

1950’s:  Saturating papers became the bulk of the production of the Hurlbut mills.