Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past

Odd Wisconsin Amusing Perplexing and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin s Past While Bob La Follette s exploits as leader of progressive politics are legendary his early morning exertions to save valuable government documents and executive department paintings during the disast

  • Title: Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past
  • Author: Erika Janik
  • ISBN: 9780870203831
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • While Bob La Follette s exploits as leader of progressive politics are legendary, his early morning exertions to save valuable government documents and executive department paintings during the disastrous 1904 capitol fire are largely unknown until now Odd Wisconsin captures the Wisconsin people, places, and events that didn t make it into conventional state histories,While Bob La Follette s exploits as leader of progressive politics are legendary, his early morning exertions to save valuable government documents and executive department paintings during the disastrous 1904 capitol fire are largely unknown until now Odd Wisconsin captures the Wisconsin people, places, and events that didn t make it into conventional state histories, lowering a bucket into the depths of Wisconsin history and bringing to light curious fragments of forgotten lives.This unique book unearths the stories that got lost to history even though they may have made local headlines at the time No mythical hodags or eight legged horses here Odd Wisconsin features strange but true stories from Wisconsin s past, every one of which was documented albeit by the standards of the day These brief glimpses into Wisconsin s past will surprise, perplex, astonish, and otherwise connect readers with the state s fascinating history From the voyageur with a hole in his side to pigs beneath the legislature, Odd Wisconsin gathers 300 years of curiosities, all under the radar of traditional stories.

    One thought on “Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past”

    1. I always enjoyed Erika's articles in Wisconsin Trails magazine. This book is more of the same. Neat little anecdotal vignettes of life in Wisconsin. The kind of history you don't get in your typical school text books. I give it a big thumbs up.

    2. If you're familiar with Wisconsin history, there wasn't a lot in here you won't already have heard about, at least in passing. I didn't like the weird font used for headings; I found it difficult to read. Other than that, it was a cute little book.

    3. Fun read. Short chapters. Easy to pick up and put down. Or just skim through when you have a few minutes.

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