Thomas Packard was an heir to the Packard Sawmill. Business-minded, the mill absorbed the Martell Mill during his leadership.
In October 1914, a knife fight ensued – allegedly over a girl – between Packard and two other men, Ersel Martell and Jean Jacques Renault, leaving Packard severely injured. After his recovery, Packard married Minnie Drixel, who has been rumored to be the girl involved with the fight.
By 1922, Packard inherited his family's sawmill, which he razed that year and built a much larger mill in its place, which flourished after he bought a v-shaped flume invented by Crosby Truman. During this time, Packard also lived in the Blue Pine Lodge.