1806Samuel Church built his paper mill on the Housatonic River
1822Owen and Hurlbut purchase Sam’s Mill
1848Railroad reaches the mill in South Lee
1872Hurlbut’s 2 sons expand and modernize the Willow Mill bring capacity to 4 tons/day
1899Hurlbut becomes a unit of The American Writing paper Inc.
1927Mill was purchased by Paul Zuhlke and becomes private again
2002Mead merges with Westvaco to become MeadWestvaco