In years past, many sawmills lined the shores of the Chippewa River, especially in the Eau Claire area. Downstream from Eau Claire and Porter’s Mills was another logging town, Meridean. This logging town with close affiliations with the Eau Claire Lumber Company, now known as Old Meridean, came to be situated on an island in the Chippewa River.
Happy Island was home to this logging town with several saw mills and eight farms. “Where The Lilacs Grow: The Story of Happy Island and Old Meridean” follows the history of this island from the days when native Americans roamed the area, to the days of people interacting in this lively lumbering town and farm community, to present day where animals roam the land covered by pine plantations.