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August 2010 Odd Wisconsin

Sundae Sermon

The desire to be "first" seems to be part of human nature. Here in Wisconsin, the Manitowoc Co. city of Two Rivers has long claimed to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae, citing local oral tradition of its invention at Berner's Ice Cream Parlor in 1881. But Ithaca, N.Y., also claims the distinction, and can point to an...
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Posted in Curiosities on August 25, 2010

Baraboo Bottle Bashers

In the 1850's, a group of Baraboo women took it upon themselves to make their town dry. At the time, nearly every grocery had liquor available, as well as the saloons and hotels in town, with whiskey often being the hottest commodity. Then as now, drunken men were responsible for much violence against women, "young girls were seduced, homes...
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Posted in Curiosities on August 12, 2010

Lindbergh Buzzes La Crosse

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh made history when he flew his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, across the Atlantic alone. After the flight, he made a grand cross-country tour, flying his plane to many cities where huge crowds greeted him. On August 23, 1927, the citizens of La Crosse gathered outdoors to watch for a glimpse of Lindbergh's plane as...
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Posted in Curiosities on August 5, 2010

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