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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Date: 1945 ca.

Description: A view of the Mitchell-Rountree house (the first).

Date: 1932-06-17 

Description: View down hill of the aftermath of a tornado at a farm. There are two collapsed barns, and an intact silo, outbuildings and farmhouse. A horse is standing...

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: Exterior of Central House, later known as the Boscobel Hotel, with cars parked outside. The Order of the Gideons was founded at the hotel.

Date: 1930-10-24 

Description: Man sitting in driver's seat of a Skelly Truck promoting itself with banners and streamers. In the background on the right is a church.

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: A view of downtown intersection. The view shows the Tate and Kleinpell Hardware store, Dr R.W. Scott, dentist, the Braun Bros with Dubuque Beer on tap. The...

Date: 1949-06 

Description: Gophering, or prospecting for lead using a Windlass at Maplewood Farm.

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Description: View up hill of clapboard school building with stone foundation. The teacher and students are posed along the railing of the porch. In the background is a...

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Bagley

Date:  date unknown

Description: View from road of a brick building under construction. Five men are posed in front near a pile of bricks. Four men are posed in the window openings on the...

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Miller Hotel

Date:  date unknown

Description: View from across street of three men standing on the porch of the Miller Hotel. There is an advertisement depicting a cow on the building next door.

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Straw Lead Furnace

Date: 1880 ca.

Description: A straw lead furnace, an open hearth furnace where lead sulphite (Galena) was roasted. Located on the Rountree brach of the Little Platte River, Richard St...

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Conrad Schmitt

Date:  date unknown

Description: Quarter-length portrait of Conrad Schmitt (b. 1843), Sherwin Gillett's father-in-law.

Date: 1930-10-24 

Description: Group portrait of children in costume posed on the back of a truck decorated with streamers for the Cheese Day Parade. Some of the children hold handwritte...

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Street Scene

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: Two buildings, and what appears to be a stable, along a snow-covered road. The larger building has a sign that says "Hotel."

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Depot and Yards

Date: 1929 

Description: View down railroad tracks looking towards the Bagley train station. On the right is a large storage tank. A man is driving a car near the railroad tracks n...

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Lead mine interior

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: View inside a lead mine showing six miners with a car on a track.

Date: 1945 ca.

Description: A view of the Mitchell-Rountree house (the first).

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Street Scene

Date: 1918 

Description: View down street of the central business district. A large brick building on the left with awnings includes a furniture store. Automobiles are parked at an...

Date: 1930 

Description: View looking east down Main Street at the intersection with Court Street. Coyle's Drugstore can be seen on the right.

Date: 1910-12-06 

Description: View from snowy ditch looking down side of stock train. The engineer is looking out of the locomotive window, and another man stands on the tracks near the...

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