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Historical Essay

The Trial of Chief Oshkosh

The Clash of U.S Law and Indian Legal Tradition

The trial of Menominee Chief Oshkosh, one of the most famous in Wisconsin history, pitted Indian traditional justice against white man's law.

Date: 1954-03-24 

Description: U.S. Marshal Ray Schoonover leaves a hearing in Federal Court with Paul S. Hauser (left), accused of a bank hold-up in Barron County.

Date: 1946-02-11 

Description: Prisoner photograph of Virgil Valorous Ishmael, inmate number 28858, a truck driver convicted of issuing worthless checks.

Date: 1903 ca.

Description: Color lithograph poster for "Jesse James / The Missouri Outlaw" consisting of just the bust of the famous outlaw in full beard, with a red and white dotted...

Date: 1954-03-24 

Description: Elizabeth H. Pady leaves a hearing in Federal Court. She was accused of a bank holdup in Barron County.

Date: 1934-10-26 

Description: Portrait of four men, suspected Lone Rock bank robbers.

Date: 1953-12-09 

Description: Assistant District Attorney Robert I. Perina (left) hears the confessions of Douglas R. Wright of Baraboo and William G. Lavine of St. Louis. The two robbe...

Date: 1923 

Description: Two police officers holding rifles escort two prisoners into a paddywagon. Lining the road is a long, perspective view of an outdoor prison. Red text impri...

Photograph

Alleged Burglar

Date: 1930-12-30 

Description: Myron Stephanson, accused burglar holds his head in his hands while seated under a notice titled, "Wanted for Bank Robbery" at the police station.

Date:  

Description: Ho-Chunk men and women sitting outside on the lawn of a large building with bars. Identified as probably the family of Jim Swallow at the County Jail. Jim...

Date:  date unknown

Description: A view of bodies hanging from a pole. People watch from behind. Printed in the bottom center of the image: "Public Hanging in Korea." In the bottom righ...

Drawing

Karl Armstrong

Date: 1973-03-20 

Description: Artist's courtroom depiction of Karlton Armstrong. He is sitting with his arms folded and legs crossed, with the judge visible in the background.

Date: 1957-11-19 

Description: Law enforcement officials escorting Ed Gein (1906-1984), to the state crime lab.

Date: 1947-02-24 

Description: Dressed in a flash suit purchased with part of his bank loot, Loyd D. Robertson, 26, of Tomah, confessed robber of the Loganville State bank, attempted to...

Date: 1934-09-05 

Description: A strip of three mug shots of James Gumina, prisoner 21855.

Photograph

Angelo Mazzara

Date: 1948-02-17 

Description: Angelo Mazzara, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, formerly of Madison. He has confessed to breaking into the Old Heidelberg Tavern, 1206 Regent Street, through...

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Arm and leg restraints that bound John McCaffary, the last man executed in Wisconsin, 1851. (Museum object #1976.249.1–.2)

Date: 1949-01-11 

Description: Ordie A. Juve, 86 Fair Oaks Avenue, seated at lower left during a hearing in the court of Superior Judge Roy H. Proctor to determine if he should be bound...

Date: 1919 

Description: Bare-fisted Gallagher (played by William Desmond) stands in full Western costume (cowboy hat, plaid shirt, bandana neckerchief, charro chaps, leather wrist...

Drawing

Karl Armstrong

Date: 1973-03-20 

Description: Artist's courtroom depiction of Karlton Armstrong.

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