The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape

The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape

by Cheri Register


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873519953
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Edition description: 1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,256,584
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Cheri Register is the author ofPackinghouse Daughter, which won a Minnesota Book Award and an American Book Award, and other books. She has taught creative nonfiction writing for many years.

Table of Contents

Prologue 3

Part I The Lay of the Land

Hollandale: An Introduction 7

Freeborn County: Home, but No Biome 17

Looking for the Big Marsh 20

Part II Life on the Big Marsh

No Empty Landscape 29

The Grid That Turned Land to a Commodity 36

Homing on the Marsh: The Speers 45

The Trip from Otranto Revisited 55

Claiming the High Ground: The Ostranders 59

Hazards 64

What Counts as a Lake? 67

The Evolution of the Drainage Ditch 74

A Watershed Year: 1877 79

A New Home on the Prairie: A Speculation 87

Fire on the Marsh 92

Part III The Big Ditch

The Alleged Conniver: Putnam Dana McMillan 97

The First Drainage 102

The Middle Man: William A. Morin 109

Robert Speer Travels through Time 115

Eighteen Yoke of Oxen 118

"The Great Ricelawn Ranch" 123

A Change of Hands Bodes a Change of Lands 128

What's Black and White and Grazes All Over? 132

The Second Try 135

New Man About Town: John Felix Dryden Meighen 140

The People Protest 147

How to Read a Flying Bundle of Twine 152

A Lone Voice for the Environment: Fred McCall 156

Counterarguments 160

The Moscow Farm Prospers 166

Meighen in Court and Courting 171

The Winning Strategy 178

Rice Lake and the Big Marsh Go Down the Drain 189

The Swamp Angel Plays Cupid 195

The New Model Farmer 202

The Victor's History 207

The Mysterious Fall of Bryant Barber and Other Endings 213

Part IV Restitution and Restoration From Booty to Beauty 225

Wo Wacintanka 229

For the Birds 234

Acknowledgments 237

Source Notes 241

Notes 243

Image Credits 272

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really injoyed the story of what happened to those marshlands based on a family records and in depth detective work by a relative of the associated lands.