June 2013 Odd Wisconsin
The start of summer has been hot, wet, and sunny all at the same time. Wisconsin is a riot of plants bursting up from fertile ground and brimming streams pressing their banks. As a popular 19th-century emigrant handbook put it, "Summer seems to burst at once upon us, and when it comes, the full and gorgeous foliage of the woods,...
Posted in Curiosities on June 25, 2013
Now that summer's undeniably here at last, most of us head for the outdoors. Whether it's a cottage up north or a tent in a state park, we turn to nature to restore our souls. This is why Henry Thoreau claimed that "in wildness is the preservation of the world." But it's also true that in wildness lies the destruction...
Posted in Curiosities on June 19, 2013
Last week we featured a father-son senatorial team. This week we highlight married partners working as a political team. Our state's first female sheriff was elected in 1924 in Burnett County. This event, which on the surface seems like a huge step for women's rights, was actually just the latest twist in a clever ploy that male sheriffs had been...
Posted in Odd Lives on June 11, 2013
According to the U.S. Senate's history site, the first and only father and son to serve in the Senate at the same time were Henry Dodge of Wisconsin and his son Augustus Caesar Dodge of Iowa. The elder Dodge represented Wisconsin in the Senate from 1848 to 1857. When he arrived in Washington, he joined his son, who was already...
Posted in Odd Lives on June 5, 2013