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On This Day: October 28

1792 - Willard Keyes Born

On this date early Wisconsin settler Willard Keyes was born. He came to the Prairie du Chien area in August of 1817. He established Crawford County's first school on May 25, 1818, but left for Illinois a year later because of the high cost of living in Prairie du Chien.

1864 - (Civil War) Battle of Boydton Plank Road, Virginia

The Battle of Boydton Plank Road, also known as the Battle of Burgess Mill or the Battle of First Hatcher's Run, entered its second day outside Petersburg, Virginia. The 2nd, 6th, 7th, 36th, 37th, and 38th Wisconsin Infantry regiments participated in this battle. Union commanders sent 30,000 troops to seize this strategic road west of the city. But after two days' fighting,  they were forced to yield it back to Confederate forces.

1892 - Disastrous Fire in Milwaukee's Third Ward

On this date an exploding oil barrel started a small fire in Milwaukee. It spread rapidly and by morning four people had died, 440 buildings were destroyed, and more than 1,900 people in the Irish neighborhood were left homeless. It was the most disastrous fire in Milwaukee's history.[Source: Historic Third Ward]

1936 - Vice Presidential Candidate Stumps in Janesville

On this date, during a whistlestop speech in Janesville, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Frank W. Knox charged the FDR Administration with corruption and cronyism in an impassioned campaign speech to approximately 1,100 residents. [Source: Janesville Gazette 10/28/1936, p.1]

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