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On This Day: July 24

1862 - (Civil War) Reconnaissance in Virginia

The 2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin Infantry regiments participated in a reconnaissance from Fredericksburg to Orange Court House, Virginia.

1876 - Julius Peter Heil Born

On this day in history Julius Peter Heil was born in Duesmond, Germany. In 1901 Heil formed the Heil Rail Joint Company in Milwaukee. He was elected governor in 1938, but spent most of his time in Milwaukee as president of the Heil Company, which contributed heavily to the United States' effort in World War II. Heil served as Wisconsin's governor from 1939 to 1943. He died on November 30, 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin, The Governors' Wives by Nancy G.Williams, p.171-172,261]

1892 - Fire Destroys Iron River

On this date a major fire destroyed most of Iron River, Wisconsin. After the fire was extinguished, the town resembled a "tent city" during the rebuilding. [Source: "B" Book I, Beer Bottles, Brawls, Boards, Brothels, Bibles, Battles & Brownstone by Tony Woiak, p.18]

1893 - Florence Ely Loomis Born

On this date the wife of Governor Orland S. Loomis was born. Orland defeated incumbent governor Julius Heil in 1942, but died of a heart attack before he was inaugurated. Mrs. Loomis graduated with honors from the UW in 1916 and taught at Mauston and Waupun high schools for many years. She was very active in the local historical society, library board, woman's club, and hospital. Mrs. Loomis had a very active and happy family, which included three children, twelve grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. [Source: First Ladies of Wisocnsin, The Governor's Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.174-176]

1995 - Governor Thompson Promotes Stadium

On this date Governor Tommy Thompson embarked on a statewide Harley ride to promote the new Brewers ballpark. Brewers legend Robin Yount joined the governor on the final leg of the trip. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]