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On This Day: March 31

1863 - (Civil War) Operations in the Lower Mississippi

Wisconsin's 1st Light Artillery participated in operations that began along the Mississippi River between Milliken's Bend and New Carthage, Louisiana.

1918 - Northland Professor Tarred and Feathered

In an anti-German hate crime, E.A. Schimler, a language professor at Northland College, was taken from his room on the evening of March 31, 1918, by a mob of masked men to a lonely spot a half mile from Ashland, stripped of his clothing, covered with tar and feathers, and left to fend for himself. He walked back to his boarding house in Ashland, and then was taken to the YMCA to clean himself. The authorities said there was no doubt, "that the mob were very liberal in the use of tar and also had on hand a lot of feathers." Schimler, a U.S. citizen, had come to the U.S. when he was 14, graduated from Dartmouth College, and after teaching school in the U.S. had spent six years in Germany. After returning to America in 1913, he had taught language arts at Northland College since September 1917. College authorities said there was no evidence of Professor Schimler being disloyal to America in either words or actions. A $100 award was posted for information leading to the arrest of the individuals responsible. View more information at Turning Points in Wisconsin History [Source: Ashland Daily Press, April 1, 1918]

1998 - Brewers Go National

On this date the Milwaukee Brewers played their first game as a National League Team, losing to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Brewers' transfer, the first since the American League was formed at the turn of the century, was necessary to create a 16-team National League and a 14-team American League. [Source: "Brewer's Timeline" on the team's official Web site].