Dictionary of Wisconsin History
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Term: Little Bohemia raid
On April 23, 1934, Little Bohemia, a vacation lodge near Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, owned by Emil Wanatka, was the scene of a shootout between notorious bank robber John Dillinger and his gang and a group of FBI agents. The gang, needing to lie low after a bank robbery, arrived at the lodge on April 20, 1934. Although they attempted to keep a watch on the lodge staff, one member managed to get a call out to the FBI office in Chicago.
Early in the morning of April 23, agents from Minneapolis and Chicago arrived at the lodge, led by special agent Melvin Purvis. The group was reconnoitering the area when three men left the lodge and began to drive away in a car. The car did not stop when ordered, and the FBI agents opened fire. Eugene Boisoneau, a foreman at a CCC camp, was killed and two men riding with him were wounded. The FBI investigation and coroner's inquest decided that Bosioneau was killed by bullets from the federal agents. Dillinger and his gang managed to escape from the back of the lodge, abandoning three woman friends. A federal agent named Baum was killed by Baby Face Nelson in the shootout.
The Little Bohemia Lodge is still in business, and bullet holes from the gunfight have been preserved. The lodge was the site of a reenactment of the gunfight for the 2009 film Public Enemies.
[Source: "FBI Raid at Little Bohemia," by Dr. John Fox, FBI Historian at www.fbi.gov/multimedia/bohemia042309/
Wisconsin State Journal, April 24, 1934.]
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Albion Academy (Historic Marker)
Barber, Joel Allen 1809 - 1881
Bergh, Johan Arndt 1847 - 1927
Black, Spencer 1950
Burke, Brian B. 1958
Civil War: 13th Infantry
Davidson, John Nelson 1848 - 1945
Democratic Party (in Wisconsin)
Denniston House (Historic Marker Erected 1969)
Dewey, Nelson 1813 - 1889
Four Lakes, City of the
Homme, Even Johnson 1843 - 1903
Hulst, Nelson Powell 1842 - 1923
Little Bohemia raid
Ludington, Harrison 1812 - 1891
Ludington, Nelson 1818 - 1883
Lumberjacks' nicknames (logging)
Nelson Dewey-First Governor of Wisconsin (Historic
Nelson [origin of place name]
Nelson, Adolphys Peter 1872 - 1927
Nelson, Buffalo Co.
Nelson, Gaylord A. 1916-2005
Nelson, George Bliss 1876 - 1943
Nelson, John Mandt 1870 - 1955
Nelson, Town of, Buffalo Co.
Nelson, Village of, Buffalo Co.
Nelsonville (historical), Eau Claire Co.
Nelsonville, Portage Co.
Nelsonville, Village of, Portage Co.
Neville, Arthur Courtenay 1850 - 1929
Notestein, Barbara 1949
Outdoor Recreation Act Program (ORAP)
Paine, Edward Lathrop 1801 - 1893
Stone, John Nelson 1835 - 1919
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1836-1899
Tittemore, James Nelson 1864 - 1949
Tweedy, John Hubbard 1814 - 1891
Wells, Horatio Nelson 1808 - 1858