Depression Era Photos of Forest County now available

Living in rural Forest County in the 1930’s was tough. Newspaper articles, court records and family stories tell of multiple families living in one room shacks trying to farm the cut-over land with little or no success. Now a U.S. government collection of historic photos offers us a glimpse at just how tough it was. […]

The Heat Wave of 1911

As the Midwest Heat Wave of 2012 hopefully comes to an end, many news outlets are highlighting the July 4th, 1911 heat wave that struck the eastern United States and killed 380 people.  This lead me to wonder what kind of weather Crandon was experiencing in July 1911. As it turns out, the local newspaper […]

A Grand Fourth of July Celebration

Crandon’s Historic July 4th, 1916 celebration According to newspaper reports, Crandon’s Commercial Club, began preparing for their “rousing celebration” in May of 1916.  Members of the executive committee included T.B. Guthrie, M.D. Keith, W.A. Wescott, J. Breakstone, Wm. Wilson and Lyle Carter.  These gentlemen urged the citizens of Crandon “to do your share toward making […]