According to the stories passed down over the generations, in the 1800s Chippewa and Menomonee people would spend part of each year encamped here on the Wisconsin River. The Native Americans had long developed a sort of migratory life going south along the Wisconsin River in the fall to follow the migration of the deer and animals they relied on for food, then back up north in the spring to harvest the sugar bushes. When the first European lumberjacks ventured up the Wisconsin River to what was known as the Little Bull Falls, they created a small settlement here too, and quickly developed a neighborly relationship with the natives. Later, it was remembered how the leader of a band of Chippewa was particularly helpful to the newcomers in the community’s formative years. When the new settlement at Little Bull Falls had grown large enough to get a post office, they had to find a permanent name for the community. They did not wish to be stuck with Little Bull Falls for good, especially as some felt the name too crude to expect ladies to write out on letters, and so they searched for a better name. Joseph Desert, local lumber magnate and community leader, wanted to find an appropriate Native American word for the community to connect it back to its origin before the lumber industry. They settled on Mosinee, after the Chief Mosinee who had been so fair and kind in his dealings with them in years past. Years later, Wausau Sulphite Fibre Paper built a paper mill in Mosinee, enlarging the community further. They found success with their brand of Kraft paper, called Mosinee Paper, and by the 1930s had renamed the entire company to “Mosinee Paper.” They also returned to the old story about Chief Mosinee, whose people had encamped on the Wisconsin right where the paper company would be built decades later. For many years, Mosinee Paper’s logo featured an “Indian head” design to evoke old Chief Mosinee. The logo was actually based on “Kah-be-nug-we-way,” a Native American man whose picture was taken by Mosinee Paper in the 1920s to use for this purpose. The use of this logo was abandoned by Mosinee Paper in the 1950s, and other local groups such as the Mosinee phone book in the 1990s. But the locals continue to honor the memory of Chief Mosinee and the help he provided the early European arrivals.