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October 2006 Odd Wisconsin

The Schooner That Sank the Lady Elgin

At 2:30 on the morning of September 8, 1860, the sidewheel steamer Lady Elgin, carrying about 300 Milwaukeeans who'd spent the previous day in Chicago, collided with the tiny schooner Augusta about 10 miles out from Waukegan, Ill. The captain of the Augusta had been unable to see clearly in the rainy darkness, and his headgear and jib boom had...
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Posted in Curiosities on October 28, 2006

The First Badger - Gopher Game in Madison

When the Badgers meet the Gophers at Camp Randall on Saturday, it will be just the latest incarnation of a rivalry dating back more than a century. There are few things universities value more than tradition, and this traditional contest is a time-honored one. The first Madison game, though, was a long time coming, and long-remembered. J.E. O'Brien, the manager...
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Posted in Curiosities on October 12, 2006

Hail to the Chiefs

An unusual delegation set off from LaPointe, on Madeline Island, on April 5th, 1852. Four Ojibwe warriors paddled a canoe with a white interpreter and their two principal chiefs, Ke-Che-Waish-Ke (better known as Chief Buffalo) and O-Sho-Ga, eastward along Lake Superior. The aged Buffalo had long been the most respected chief in the Lake Superior region; young O-Sho-Ga was well-regarded...
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Posted in Curiosities on October 1, 2006

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