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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Date: 1931 

Description: This manuscript map shows the Chippewa River watershed, including the Red Cedar or Menomonie River, Flambeau or Manitowish River, Jump River, Eau Claire Ri...

Date: 1887 ca.

Description: Peter Selb, Ben Dietrich, J.A. Lockwood, Matt Dietrich, and John Downing pose around the hand engine of the volunteer fire department. All but Selb were ch...

Date: 1897 ca.

Description: Mary Margaret (Margery) Bish, young daughter of the photographer and later Mrs. Clyde Bowman, sits on the lap of an older woman, possibly her mother.

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Description: A lumber mill complex on the banks of the Chippewa River. Patches of ice are on the river. Numerous logs lie on the shore opposite the mill and on the ice.

Date: 1957 ca.

Description: Aline W. Hazard (in hat) of WHA Radio, recording and interviewing Mrs. Robert Jahnke (Corrine) at Forest Acres Deer Farm. Mrs. Jahnke holds a pair of earri...

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Description: Interior view of the Chippewa Falls Library. There is a large open area with a librarian's desk with card trays on the right. A card catalog is in the spac...

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Log Cabin in Woods

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Description: View from hill looking down on a group of log cabins inhabited by "dam tenders" on the shore of the icebound Chippewa River. A logging dam in is in the rig...

Date: 1875 ca.

Description: The river steamer "Chippewa" drawn up alongside shore on the West Eau Claire Levee. Several dozen people are standing along the outside of the three decks.

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Factory and Dam

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Description: Elevated view across dirt road of a paper mill on the shore of the Chippewa River next to a concrete dam. The mill has a tall smokestack. On the far shorel...

Date: 1896 ca.

Description: Quarter-length portrait of Margery Bish, the young daughter of the photographer, wearing a heavy hooded coat.

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Lumberyard in Ruby

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Elevated view of men, women, and a child posing on boards at a lumbering and sawmill operation. The camp was operated by Edward Hahn, who named the communi...

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Building No. 4, then known as the Wisconsin House for the Feeble-Minded. Now known as Northern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled.

Date: 1892 

Description: Exterior view of the Northwestern Lumber Company mill.

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Street Scene

Date: 1926 

Description: A busy street scene. Cars are parked at the curbs on either side of the street. Two women walk on the sidewalk. An American flag flies from the top of a bu...

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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...

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High School

Date: 1927 

Description: Exterior of Cornell High School.

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Home Economics

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Description: Slightly elevated view of six young women posed in a kitchen. Two women on the left stand at a sink washing dishes, two women stand at a table behind them,...

Date: 1904 ca.

Description: Five men stand on or nearby a sled loaded with logs and pulled by two horses at the landing at Hein's logging camp. There is snow on the ground.

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Filling Tire Molds

Date: 1919 

Description: Elevated view of a room in the Boone Tire Factory. Two men are removing a tire from a mold, one of many running along a conveyor belt inside the Boone Tire...

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