McEachron, Edgar J.
Edgar McEachron was born on April 2, 1882 in Chicago, the son of John Andrew and Ella (Janes) McEachron. He spent his early years in Oconto and Green Bay, where he graduated from high school. He attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating in 1904 from the School of Engineering. While a student, he was on the debate team, won four letters and served as captain of the track team, and set a two-mile Big Ten record.
Following UW graduation, he played football with the Green Bay city team before it became the Packers. He was also the alumni representative on the UW Athletic Board for many years. He married Maria Elizabeth Dosnoyers on July 22, 1908. They had one son who died in 1966.
For five years he was design engineer for the American Woodworking Machine Company in Green Bay, Aurora, IL and Rochester, NY. He returned to Wisconsin as factory manager for Fuller & Johnson Company in Madison and then became plant manager with French Battery Company, the predecessor to Ray-O-Vac.
In 1923, Edgar James McEachron was persuaded by a former UW classmate. Walter H. Thom, to leave Madison for Wausau and start a business that would take advantage of the craze that was sweeping the nation – radio. The result was the establishment of The Marathon Battery Company in the Mathie-Ruder Brewing Company building, a move made possible by prohibition. The firm started out manufacturing dry cells for flashlights and radios. In the late 1920s, the growing enterprise moved into a new plant on Henrietta Street. Marathon Battery played a vital role in WWII production, supplying batteries for U.S. Signal Corps equipment, for mine-detectors and other military equipment.
Mr. McEachron’s favorite hobby was fishing. Thus, it was no surprise that when “Mac” wished to compensate for slack periods of battery production, he bought out the interests of The Bass Hound Bait Company in Stevens Point in 1929 and established The Marathon Bait Company as a separate division of his battery firm.
Edgar James McEachron, at age 88, died at his home on Franklin Street in Wausau on November 4, 1969. He is buried in Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau, WI.
Founder & President Marathon Battery Company