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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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The Eagle House

Date: 1911 ca.

Description: Exterior of cabin in Chippewa County where Old Abe was kept after his capture as a wild eaglet. The cabin is referred to as the "Eagle House".

Date: 1909 

Description: Men in bateaux for the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Company's log drive on the Chippewa River at Jim Falls.

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Big Load of Logs

Date: 1903 

Description: A man sits atop a very high load of logs on a sled pulled by three horses. There is snow on the ground. Numbers are written on the cut ends of the logs.

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: View from across street of the J.W. Mason hardware store, next to a barbershop. A horse and buggy are driving past the store.

Date: 1926 

Description: Dining room at the Basswood in Long Lake. Fish are mounted on the wall on the right, and along the back wall is a china cabinet with stained glass above. T...

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Woman in chair

Date:  

Description: Studio portrait of a woman in the dress fashionable around 1870.

Date: 1925-11 

Description: This blueprint manuscript map shows an addition. The map was surveyed and platted for B.G. Proctor, president, and George Peterson, secretary, of the Corne...

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: This early 20th century map of Chippewa County, Wisconsin, shows the township and range grid, towns, sections, cities and villages, roads, railroads, schoo...

Date: 1919 

Description: Interior view of room at the Boone Tire Factory. Tires are stacked on the floor and in racks. In the left foreground is a large desk with hutch and two cha...

Date: 1919 

Description: A piece of unidentified machinery for making tires inside the Boone Tire Factory.

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Bill Duren

Date: 1968 ca.

Description: Bill Duren of Chippewa Falls, founder of Cygnet Films. Cygnet Films made training films. After his premature death, the company became known as Spectrum In...

Date:  date unknown

Description: About twenty women sit at tables sewing on sewing machines in the sewing room of the Chippewa Woolen Mill.

Date: 1908 ca.

Description: Brunette Falls on the Chippewa River. Several logs are jammed on a rock formation in the river.

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Woman in White

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Description: Full-length studio portrait in front of draperies and a painted backdrop of a young woman wearing a full-length white dress with a lacy bodice and a pastel...

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Joe Kelley's Barn

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Description: A barn and outbuilding on the Joe Kelley farm in a field at the end of a dirt track. There is a mailbox attached to a post in the left foreground.

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Wedding Feast

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Description: Some twenty members of the Harold Stafford wedding party and guests, seated and standing behind a table set for a meal, with food on many of the plates. Th...

Date: 1913 ca.

Description: Dam and hydroelectric power house, with a billowing smokestack and a crane in the background.

Date: 1927-07 

Description: Irises bordering a farm's driveway near several farm buildings and the farmhouse. A large dog is standing on the farmhouse steps in the background.

Date: 1904 

Description: Logs floating down the river beneath the bridge on the Chippewa River. On the far shoreline are billboards. One advertises for "J.R. Sharp Hardware." Men a...

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