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October 2009 Odd Wisconsin

Wisconsin Ghost Stories

In honor of Halloween, here are a handful of Wisconsin ghost stories that we've reported in Odd Wisconsin. There's the horrible case of Monsieur Nadeau, hounded to death in 1830 by the ghost of the woman he had murdered (or perhaps by his conscience). The Hille farm in Waukesha Co. was haunted after a family tragedy in 1918. At the...
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Posted in Bizarre Events on October 28, 2009

World's Largest Penny

Wisconsin is known for a many things, but few people realize we possess the world's largest penny. That's right -- Wisconsin is home to the largest penny in the world, a monument commemorating Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb (1886-1956). "Dr. Kate" was responsible for the health of residents in nearly 300 square miles of northern Wisconsin. She was a dedicated...
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Posted in Curiosities on October 23, 2009

St. Damien's Wisconsin Assistant

Pope Benedict XVI canonized five new saints Sunday, including Jozef De Veuster (1840-1889), a 19th century priest more commonly known as Father Damien. St. Damien worked with ostracized leprosy patients on Molokai, an isolated Hawaiian island, until he contracted the disease himself and died in 1889. By then he had been joined by Joseph Dutton (1843-1931) of Beloit, who carried...
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Posted in Odd Lives on October 11, 2009

Wyocena: It Came To Him in a Dream

The origins of many Wisconsin place names are recorded in our online Dictionary of Wisconsin History. The note there on the Columbia County town of Wyocena -- that the name came to the town's founder, Elbert Dickason, in a dream -- led us to investigate. Dickason (1799-1848) was born in Virginia and migrated west gradually, arriving in Illinois in time...
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Posted in Curiosities on October 1, 2009

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