Category Archives: Matters of History

And In The News, August 30

Barksdale Monument, Woodland Cemetery, Washburn, Wisconsin Washburn Times, August 30, 1928 Two killed in powder blast at DuPont plant All Washburn was sorrowed over two serious accidents which occurred at the plant of the DuPont Co. at Barksdale last week … Continue reading

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And In Other News, August 26

The first event held at Memorial Park: Washburn Times August 26, 1920 Plant Workmen to Hold Picnic. In Memorial Park on the Lake Shore. DuPont Co. and Joseph Brenner & Co. to Give Men Half Holiday on Pay. Next Saturday … Continue reading

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And In The News, August 23

Washburn Times, August 23, 1923 Eight-Year-Old Boy Has a Hard Battle with the Waves Became Adrift on an Old Raft Tuesday Morning and Was Taken out into the Open Lake Drifting about on a small raft which was not even … Continue reading

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“Cyclone!”

We’ve learned to call them tornadoes today, and for many of us, the most frightening image the term evokes is merely a nasty old woman on a bicycle. The reality, we are reminded this morning, is very different. Watching the … Continue reading

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Among The Islands, January 1

Excursion around Bass New Year’s Day Bayfield Press, January 8, 1953 It was a little past one clock on the afternoon of January 1, 1953, when the steel fishing tug, “William G.,” piloted by Ever Bodin, with his son Bud … Continue reading

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Around The Islands, December 30

Cleaning up Hurley? Lots of luck, G-Men. Washburn Times, December 30, 1926 29 Hurley saloons to get the padlock Hurley, Wisconsin, the town which has become notorious throughout the country because of its open violation of the 18th amendment, was … Continue reading

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The Culvert At Houghton Creek

Took a walk on this beautiful autumn Sunday in the new Houghton Falls Nature Preserve, a couple of miles outside of Washburn. I had been there with Nelson earlier in the week, but something spooked the big guy halfway down … Continue reading

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Wiki-Howlers: Outer Island

I’ve been saying for a long time that the Internet has fundamentally changed the most important challenge of doing research. The Net makes a flood of information instantly available on any conceivable topic, but much of what one finds is … Continue reading

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Breaking News From Washburn– Really Breaking

Some excitement 85 years ago today: Terrific blast wrecks buildings at DuPont Powder Works Washburn Times, July 16, 1925 A terrific explosion completely demolished Nitroglycerin Storage House Number Two and Mixing House Number Two at the plant of the DuPont … Continue reading

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He Might Have Been Writing About Oak Island

Speaking of the nearly-forgotten trappers and loggers who tramped every square inch of northern Michigan and Wisconsin, one twentieth-century observer remarked, These men coursed everywhere, and their mark is on the country even as its mark, a hard one, is … Continue reading

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Of Tows And Consorts

My friend Lisa G. asked a question about the use of the term “consort” in the Raspberry Island log entry from July 5, 1893: Whaleback steamer and consort was aground abreast of Light at 8:30 A.M. First, let’s establish one … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday To Us

If you have a chance before the day is over, read this. It really is a masterpiece, both of political philosophy and of exposition. Thanks again, very much, to John Hancock, Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton, John Hancock, Samuel … Continue reading

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