Finn Lawler

Finn Lawler, one of the best-known pioneers in Vilas County, was born in New Brunswick, Canada in 1849. He left Canada at the age of 18 and arrived in Wisconsin three years later. After a series of jobs in Oshkosh, …

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Carl Schels

Carl K. Schels was born in Germany in 1906. He had a third grade education when he arrived in the United States at the age of 14 but that didn’t stop him from living an enterprising life. …

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Ed Kracht

E.W. Kracht

Few Wisconsin educators have remained principal in the same high school as long as the legendary Ed Kracht.

When Kracht retired in 1959 he had just finished his 37th year as principal of Eagle River High School. …

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Henry Ashby

Henry Ashby

Eagle River’s First Black Resident

Henry Ashby was born into slavery August 1832 in Chariton County, MO. Henry was one of eight boys and three girls, one of the girls dying at a young age. …

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Herman Finger

Herman Finger

Herman Finger was born in 1856, in Brookfield, Wisconsin, the sixth of ten children of newly-settled German immigrants. His family lived in Milwaukee for seven years, after which they moved to Outagamie County settling in the wilds near New London, …

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Mont (MJ) Tennes

Chapter 19 of the Illinois Crime Survey of 1929 begins with “The complete life history of one man, were it known in every detail, would disclose practically all there is to know about syndicated gambling as a phase of organized crime in Chicago in the first quarter century.  …

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New Website Launch

Welcome to the new digital face of the Historical Society.  For the past two years our brand development group has worked on a sharper focus for the Society’s identity and a new look for all of its messages. …

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