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WXPR A Northwoods Moment In History
6 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
Magic of the mind: The Mercedes story
Many talented and intriguing personalities have called northern Wisconsin home throughout history, from the naturalist Sam Campbell to actress Joan Valerie, and baseball player Cy Williams. But this musically magical couple stands apart from the rest.
5 minutes | May 4, 2022
Henkelmann's Museum showcased unique side of Northwoods culture
In 1947, the Henkelmann family moved to Arbor Vitae. Henry and Mary built Henkelmann's Museum, opening around 1950.
4 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
The Civilian Conservation Corps: Roosevelt’s Tree Army in the Northwoods
The Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC, is one of the most storied and well thought of government programs in United States History. The CCC left a legacy that has withstood the tests of time, and evidence of it can be seen in parks, landscapes, and communities across America, including the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
3 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
A Northwoods Case for the X-Files
This an archived episode of A Northwoods Moment in History. It originally aired July 24,2019.
3 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Oil in Oneida County?
Before the days of ground penetrating technology and advancements in geological study, people presumed oil could be found almost anywhere as long as a drill could reach deep enough into the earth.
5 minutes | Feb 9, 2022
A Tale of Two Little Locomotives
In 1925 steel was being rolled for a new train engine at the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Pennsylvania. A logging engine had been commissioned by the Thunder Lake Lumber Company located in the northern Wisconsin city of Rhinelander.
5 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
A Northwoods moment to say thank you
After four years of sharing special moments of history from all across the Northwoods, Gary Entz is putting down the microphone and picking back up his pen.
4 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Rhinelander’s winter carnival
Cross country skiing, ice hockey, dog sledding, tobogganing, and snow shoeing all have devotees in the Northwoods. At one time, enthusiasts from across several states would come to Rhinelander to compete in organized winter athletic events.
4 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Thomas L St. Germaine: The lawyer who played professional football
There have been several NFL players who have gone on to earn a law degree after their time playing football ended, but very few have earned a law degree before playing. Perhaps the first to do so was a player from the Northwoods. He played center, but his life was so much more than NFL football.
4 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
The Hodag 50 Cross-Country Snowmobile Race
Snowmobiling is as popular today as it has ever been. Snowmobiles are used for work, recreation, and sport. While Eagle River is known for its championship snowmobile derby, it was not so long ago that Rhinelander hosted on of the nation’s premier snowmobile races too.
4 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
The Rhinelander Creamery & Produce Company
Today when people want dairy products they go to a supermarket or convenience store. But in the past dairy products were either delivered directly to an individual home or a shopper went to a creamery store. One of the largest creameries, serving both the Northwoods and the U.P., was in Rhinelander.
3 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
New Year’s Eve and Those who Worked in 1948
New Year’s Eve celebrations have been going on for a very long time. But as the time of the celebration has shifted over the centuries, one thing that has not changed is the fact that some people must work over the holiday.
3 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
The Great Christmas Tree Theft of 1931
In the 1930s the price of a tree averaged two dollars, which is about thirty-four dollars when adjusted for inflation. This was a lot of money during the Great Depression, which meant that tree theft became a problem.
3 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Hurley’s first community Christmas tree
Public decorations are part of the holiday tradition in towns and communities across the Northwoods. Streets are gaily decorated, and a community Christmas Tree is put up for all to enjoy. But where did this tradition come from?
3 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
A Mysterious Death near Three Lakes
In June 1929, hikers found the charred body of a man near the town of Three Lakes. It was a mystery that led to a flood of speculation and a surprising conclusion.
4 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
Logan A. “Jack” Vilas, Pioneer Aviator of the Northwoods
Vilas County is named after William Freeman Vilas, who represented Wisconsin in the United States Senate. But there was another man from the Vilas family who had an impact on the Northwoods. Logan Vilas was an adventurer who set several Northwoods firsts.
4 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Rhinelander’s Memorial Building
Rhinelander was founded as a sawmill town, and in its earliest years little thought was given to the need for a National Guard unit. When one was established, an armory was needed as a storage and training facility. For most of its history, Rhinelander’s armory served as an important community center.
3 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
Kentucky Bandits and the National Guard
The settlers from Kentucky who came to Forest County at the turn of the century transformed the region. But a few got involved in illegal activities, and one small group created a large enough ruckus that the National Guard got involved.
4 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Leizime Brusoe: World champion fiddler from Rhinelander
In the days before recorded music, if anyone wanted to listen to music they had to sing or learn to play an instrument. The fiddle was an especially popular choice for long winter nights in Northwoods lumber camps.
3 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
The Most Boring Day of the Twentieth Century
A recent question on the television game show Jeopardy! Wanted to know what the most boring year in the twentieth century was. The answer was 1954, and more specifically, the most boring day was April 11, 1954. Was it really that boring, including here in the Northwoods?
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