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On This Day: September 6

1864 - (Civil War) Lovejoy Station, Georgia, Abandoned

The 25th Wisconsin Infantry left a fortified position at Lovejoy's Station to rejoin Sherman's army in Atlanta.

1878 - Kate Kane Rossi Admitted to Bar

On this date Kate Kane Rossi was admitted to the Wisconsin bar. Born in 1854, Rossi was the second female lawyer in the state of Wisconsin. She moved to Janesville in 1877 and studied law under A.A. Jackson. She was admitted to the Bar in Milwaukee in 1878 and was the first female lawyer in that city. She eventually moved to Milwaukee where she practiced civil and criminal law for five years. She died on November 21, 1928. [Source: Women's Legal History Website]

1904 - Mary Booth Smith Dies

On this date Mary Booth Smith, wife of Governor William E. Smith, died in Milwaukee. She was born on September 23, 1826, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The daughter of Baptist Rev. John Booth and Jane Steward, Mary Booth married William E. Smith in 1849, in Michigan. She had four children, all of whom lived to adulthood. Mary Booth Smith served as first lady of Wisconsin from 1878 to 1882. Smith died of a kidney tumor in 1904 and is buried in Milwaukee. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin-The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.87]

1998 - Tommy Bartlett Dies

On this date Wisconsin Dells showman, Tommy Bartlett died. Bartlett began his show business career at the age of 13 when he went to work at WISN, a radio station out of Milwaukee. By the age of 17 Bartlett was hosting a show at Chicago's WBBM. During World War II, Bartlett was part of the Army Air Corps. After completing his service he worked for a short time as a pilot for Northwest Airlines. In 1952, The Tommy Bartlett Water Ski & Jumping Boat Thrill Show was born in Chicago. After a single performance in Wisconsin Dells, he was asked to locate the show permenently at the growing tourist destination. The performance became the Tommy Barlett Show which is still popular with tourists today. [Source: Tommy Bartlett Show]

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