WRL-75: Pioneer Rehabilitation Center

© Photographed November 14, 2015
Erected 1978 by Wisconsin Council for Local History and
Employers Insurance of Wausau
Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin
44° 57.655′ N, 89° 37.675′ W

PIONEER
REHABILITATION CENTER
In the First American National Bank building which once stood here, Employers Insurance of Wausau opened, on June 1, 1928, a facility for rehabilitating injured workers. It was the first center of its kind established by the insurance industry. To that humanitarian endeavor, which fostered acceptance of the physical therapy concept nationwide, this plaque is dedicated.
[NOTE: Have no idea why the text in this marker differs from the original text (see articles below).

The marker is located on northbound one-way 3rd Street, north of its intersection with Scott Street, at or near 500 3rd Street, Wausau, Wisconsin 54403.




See also, Marker 274: First Workers' Compensation Law, a related Wisconsin Historical Society "official" marker at a nearby location.

Photographed May 20, 1970 by Mosinee Times
Erected 1969 by Employers Insurance of Wausau
Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin
J. E. LINSTER, left, vice president-claims, Employers Insurance of Wausau and G.E. Monien flank Wisconsin Landmark Plaque No. 75 recognizing the pioneering efforts of the Wisconsin firm in establishing the first insurance company rehabilitation center in the United States. Monien, paymaster at Mosinee Paper Mills Co., was treated at the center following an industrial accident in which he was severely burned. G. N. Klawitter, supervisor of health and safety for Mosinee Paper Mills holds the first workmen's compensation insurance policy issued in the U.S., Employers Insurance of Wausau Policy No. 1, issued on Sept. 1, 1911, the same day the first constitutional workmen's compenstation law (Wisconsin's) went into effect.
 The marker content read:

PIONEER
REHABILITATION CENTER
On the seventh floor of this building, June 1, 1928, Employers Insurance of Wausau opened a facility for rehabilitating injured workmen -- the first physical therapy center of its kind established by the insurance industry. That pioneering effort fostered acceptance of the physical therapy concept throughout the nation. To the humanitarian foresight which brought the Wausau center into being, this plaque is dedicated.
The marker was located on the facade of the Pioneer Rehabilitation Center located at First American National Bank on Third and Scott Streets in Wausau, Wisconsin. That building has since been razed.

I have made many attempts to locate the marker; all have been unsuccessful. Employers Insurance of Wausau has since been purchased by Boston-based Liberty Mutual. I will continue to search for the marker, and will update this post if ever the marker's whereabouts are determined.
© The above photograph and article below are copyrighted. Permission for use graciously and generously provided to Wisconsin Historical Markers by family-owned-and-operated Mosinee Times, 407 Third Street, Mosinee, Wisconsin 54455; Jim Kress, Owner / motimes@mtc.net / 715.693.2300






Nearby marque (the marker is to the left of the flagpole).

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