Author Archives: Ranger Bob

Where Have I Been?

On hiatus for a while, that’s all. But I’ll be back– as my mother used to tell me when my dad was late coming home from work, “Don’t worry. A bad penny always turns up.” Update, November 2016: Well, it … Continue reading

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Drums Drums Drumming Everywhere

Another beautiful morning on the hillside and as I step out onto the porch I hear the drums, out of sight but clear as the autumn sky. rumma tumma tum rumma tumma tum rumma tumma tumma tum rumma tumma tum … Continue reading

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Brownian Motion of the Mind

Or, “A History of the Last Hour” Flip on Pandora to my personalized classic rock channel. Band comes on that I’ve never heard of, “Just Five.” Not bad. Google same and find a page describing them as “one of Belfast’s hottest … Continue reading

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In The News, August 12

Washburn Times, August 12, 1920 Another Farm Wife Commits Suicide Moquah woman hangs self Friday. Body discovered in barn on home place. Children sent down by mother and father returning from work finds body in barn. Mrs. Frank Zacek , … Continue reading

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In The News, August 8

Bayfield Press, August 8, 1938 Berry harvest is started on Presque Isle Indians engaged in annual work at Bayfield The blueberry harvest on Presque Isle, one of the Apostle Islands group, is just beginning and each day colorful groups of … Continue reading

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In The News, August 7

In Congress, August 7, 1789 An Act for the Establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all … Continue reading

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In The News, August 6

Bayfield County Press, August 6, 1909 Party of Madeline Island Pleasure Seekers Had a Narrow Escape Engine in Boat Stops During Heavy Sea — Party Barely Escapes Drowning While returning from an outing at Little Carp River a party of … Continue reading

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In The News, August 5

Bayfield Woman To Stick By Her Husband Washburn Times August 5, 1920 When Mrs. Emma Barningham left Bayfield for California, accompanying her husband Vern, in the custody of the sheriff from San Diego, California, and charged with a statutory crime, … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, July 25

Michigan Island Light Station, July 25 1935 The Amaranth finished landing material and left about 5 AM for Gull Island. The Detroit excursion boat stopped here for an hour or so, and about 50 people visited this Station. Cut grass … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, July 23

Raspberry Island Light Station, July 23, 1891 The extraordinary drought of this season received a welcome interruption by frequent showers during the last three days. The rain almost came too late for the withering vegetation and garden crops. So maybe … Continue reading

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In The News, July 22

Bayfield County Press, July 22, 1904 The steamer S. B. Barker, of the Booth line, is now running Saturday and Sunday excursions to Devils Island and the outing is becoming a very popular one with the summer people. Well, that … Continue reading

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In The News, July 19

Banner date for Sand Island: Bayfield County Press, July 19, 1884 Lederle of Sand Island Has a Ten-Pound Boy Last Tuesday. Lightkeeper Lederle of Sand Island rejoices over the arrival of an assistant lightkeeper who arrived Tuesday evening. Ha! I’ll … Continue reading

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