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Wisconsin Magazine of History

Wisconsin Magazine of History

Winter 2019-2020

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Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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letter from the editor

As I worked on this issue, I kept returning to a line in Dennis McCann’s piece on lighthouse keeper and photographer Emmanuel Luick. Luick’s first wife, Ella, occasionally used the lighthouse log to pen short, personal entries during the long winter months on Sand Island. “I haven’t anything whatever to do,” she wrote on November 23, 1898, “and time goes slowly.” My twenty-first-century self has a hard time imagining this. In the flurry of school lunches, snowy commutes, page proofs, and edits that make up my days, I can barely remember what it feels like to have no hovering deadline, no to-do list, no uphill, winding road to climb. And yet, more than a century apart, Ella and I have something in common: we both desire to have our hours and…

2 minutos
masthead

Director, Wisconsin HIstorical Society Christian ØverlandDirector, Wisconsin Historical Society Press Kate ThompsonEditor Sara E. PhillipsImage Researcher John H. NondorfResearch and Editorial Assistants Rachel Cordasco, Gary Smith, Elizabeth Wyckoff, and John ZimmDesign Jinger Schroeder THE WISCONSIN MAGAZINE OF HISTORY (ISSN 0043), published quarterly, is a benefit of membership in the Wisconsin Historical Society. Copyright © 2019 by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin ISSN 0043-6534 (print)ISSN 1943-7366 (online) Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators Officers President: Gregory B. Huber, WausauPresident-Elect: Angela B. Bartell, MiddletonTreasurer: Walter S. Rugland, AppletonSecretary: Christian Øverland, The Ruth and Hartley Barker DirectorPast President: Brian D. Rude, Coon Valley Term Members Mary Buestrin, MequonRamona Gonzalez, La CrosseMary Jane Herber, De PereJoanne B. Huelsman, WaukeshaCarol J. McChesney Johnson, Black EarthJames Klauser, PewaukeeThomas Maxwell, MarinetteSusan McLeod, Eau ClaireLowell F. Peterson, AppletonDonald Schott, MadisonThomas L. Shriner Jr., MilwaukeeRobert Smith,…

26 minutos
a badger in full

MANY STUDENTS HAVE WALKED THE HALLS AND PATHWAYS of the University of Wisconsin over the years, but perhaps none has been as influential—or as intriguing—as John Muir. Muir studied at the university from 1861 to 1863, and shortly after his death in 1914 he was hailed by the UW Board owf Regents as “perhaps the greatest of the alumni of this University.”1 But what kind of student was Muir, and how does he compare to students of today? Did he walk the Lakeshore Path, swim in Lake Mendota, or spend time at Camp Randall? What did his dorm room look like? What were his relationships with professors? Did he leave the university with the same love for it that characterizes Badger alumni today? Though times have certainly changed, the parallels…

11 minutos
emmanuel luick, light tamer

IT MAY SOUND ODD TO SAY a lighthouse keeper is shining light some seventy-two years after his death, but in a remarkable way Emmanuel Luick is doing just that. Long after his years spent working to protect lives in the waters of Lake Superior, a collection of historic photographs Luick took more than a century ago offers a revealing portrait of daily life among an isolated community of fishermen and their families. The photographs, says historian and retired national park ranger Bob Mackreth, are “a small but remarkable treasure”—one that for decades had been almost entirely hidden from public view.1 Luick was both a lighthouse keeper and studio photographer for most of his adult life. He first laid eyes on Lake Superior in 1887 when, as a young man, he traveled…

33 minutos
alaska, ho!

ON A FREEZING NIGHT IN MAY 1935, SEVERAL HUNDRED people arrived at the American Legion in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, for a farewell ceremony. Community members gathered to celebrate a dozen families from the region who were departing for Alaska. One by one, couples with a few children were called forward, including the Soyks of Minocqua, the Wordens of Three Lakes, and the Sextons of Pelican Lake. The master of ceremonies finally introduced the family of William and Lulubelle Bouwen. An unemployed butcher, Mr. Bouwen led the way with a toddler on his hip, followed by his spouse and eight other children. After a few moments, two other Bouwen children rushed into the hall. The elder, fifteen-year-old Eunice, had attempted to run away with her boyfriend earlier that evening. The commotion and…

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ushering in the golden age of cinema

DURING THE GOLDEN AGE OF CINEMA, a small but essential working crew existed in many of the small movie theaters throughout the country. The majority of those theaters were owned and managed by local entrepreneurs. This was true of the Mikadow Theater in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Francis Kadow owned the building at the time I began ushering in 1955. Francis also took pride in his radio station, which was headquartered on the building’s second floor. Nearly everybody in Manitowoc knew WOMT; few knew that the letters of the acronym for the radio station represented the “World’s Only Mikadow Theater.” The fact that the owner’s name was Kadow likely explains why the movie house was named Mikadow rather than just Mikado. His grandfather, Milwaukee architect Stanley F. Kadow, designed the building, and his father,…