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On This Day: August 26

1863 - (Civil War) Assault at Perryville, Oklahoma

The 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry was among the Union forces who assaulted Perryville, Oklahoma.

1874 - Zona Gale Born

On this date Zona Gale was born in Portage. Gale graduated from UW and worked as a writer for various Milwaukee papers. The Friendship Village series were her most popular novels. Gale used Wisconsin as the setting for many of her literary works. She received critical recognition for Birth (1918), Miss Lulu Bett (1920), Preface to a Life (1926), Portage, Wisconsin and Other Essays (1928), and Bridal Pond (1930). She received a Pulitzer Prize in 1921 for her play Miss Lulu Bett. She was also a member of the UW Board of Regents from 1923 to 1929 and was an enthusiastic campaigner for the La Follettes and "progressivism." Zona Gale died on December 27, 1938. [Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography, p.140]

1916 - Michael J. Cantwell Dies

On this date pioneer printer and founder of Madison's Cantwell Printing Company died. Born in Ireland, Cantwell arrived in Madison in 1849. After serving in Company E of the 1st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, he started his printing business in 1867. For many years this company published the American Thresherman. He served as city treasurer and alderman from Madison's 2nd ward. [Source: Bishops to Bootleggers: A Biographical Guide to Resurrection Cemetery by Resurrection Cemetery Committee of Historic Madison, Inc., p.45]