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On This Day: November 18

1861 - (Civil War) 4th Wisconsin Infantry Reconnoiters Virginia's Eastern Shore

The 4th Wisconsin Infantry was among Union forces assigned to an expedition in Accomac County, Virginia. The regiment's historian wrote, "The Fourth and a battery [of light artillery] and small cavalry force, embarked on an expedition to the eastern shore of Virginia, where they remained, encountering some severe marching through the mud and flooded roads, under the command of General Lockwood, until the 9th of December."

1880 - First Post Office Built in Cable

On this date Hans N. Amble became the first postmaster in Cable, Wisconsin. Four years later, Mrs. Aida Giles became the the postmistress of the Cable post office. Cable's post office was originally known as the Gunderson post office, named after Lars Gunderson, a postmaster in nearby Cumberland. Cable's post office was only the second established in Bayfield County, after the Bayfield post office. [Source: B" Book I, Beer Bottles, Brawls, Boards, Brothels, Bibles, Battles & Brownstone by Tony Woiak, p.18]

1912 - Clement John Zablocki Born

On this date Clement John Zablocki was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Zablocki was a member of the state Senate from 1942 to 1948 and chairman of the State Democratic Convention in 1948. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968. Zablocki was an unsuccessful candidate for the office of city controller of Milwaukee in 1948. He was the United States delegate to the fourteenth session of the United States General Assembly in 1959. Zablocki was also a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Forces Reserve. He was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress and served from January 3, 1949, until his death on December 3, 1983 in Washington, D.C. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]

1930 - Beloit Area Home Raided

On this date federal agents and county deputies raided Otto Matschke's home, north of Beloit, and seized an illegal still and 300 gallons of contraband moonshine. [Source: Janesville Gazette November 19, 1930, p.1]