Portage Daily Register November 23, 1899
William E. Sawyer, of LaCrosse one of the best known and wealthiest young lumbermen of the northwest died at Pine Bluff. Arkansas last evening of typhoid fever. He was born 41 years ago in New York State, but spent most of his life in Wisconsin. At the time of his death he was at the head of Sawyer & Austin Lumber Co. of Minneapolis. He is the son-in- law of Mrs Mary LaRowe of this City. The remains will be taken to LaCrosse for burial.