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On This Day: September 5

1864 - (Civil War) Standoff at Lovejoy Station, Georgia, continues

Actions at Lovejoy Station in Georgia began to wind down. The 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 24th, 25th and 32nd Wisconsin Infantry regiments along with the 10th Wisconsin Light Artillery took part. For three days the two sides had faced off and parried without actually engaging in a significant battle.

1877 - Elizabeth M. Conrad Heil Born

On this date the wife of Wisconsin Governor Julius Heil was born. Mrs. Heil was very active with the Milwaukee Children's Hospital and the Shrine Crippled Children's Hospital. Although her husband served two terms as governor, the couple only spent 75 days a year in Madison, preferring to stay in Milwaukee where Governor Heil ran the Heil Company, producing industrial products such as aircraft refuelers used in times of war. Mrs. Heil was also very active in the Order of the Eastern Star. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin-The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.170-172]

1912 - Arthur MacArthur II Dies

On this date Civil War hero and father of General Douglas MacArthur, Lt. General Arthur MacArthur II died. Raised in Wisconsin, Arthur MacArthur served with the 24th Wisconsin Volunteers in the Civil War and fought in many Western campaigns and in the Chattanooga campaign of 1863. He received the Medal of Honor. Joining the regular army after the war, he fought in both Cuba and the Philippines in the Spanish-American War and was (1900-1901) military governor of the Philippines. On September 5, 1912, he journeyed to Milwaukee, to address a reunion of his Civil War unit. While at the podium, he suffered a heart attack and died. He was originally buried in Milwaukee but was moved to Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery in 1926. [Source: Arlington National Cemetery]

1994 - Donald T. McKenna Dies

On this date Donald T. McKenna died. An accomplished golfer, McKenna was a three-time champion at Blackhawk Country Club in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He twice placed in qualifying matches for the U.S. Open as an amateur. After WWII, he helped develop Sunset Village on Madison's west side. He developed several other communities in Madison including Deer Run Heights between Middleton and Cross Plains. McKenna Boulevard in Westvale is named after him. [Source: Bishops to Bootleggers : a Biographical Guide to Resurrection Cemetery by Resurrection Cemetery Committee of Historic Madison, Inc, p.243]