Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped Wisconsin

Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped Wisconsin

by Michael Edmonds, Samantha Snyder

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Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped Wisconsin by Michael Edmonds, Samantha Snyder


A governor who saw ghosts, an incorrigible horse thief, a husband and wife who each stood over seven feet tall, an American Indian chief who defied forced removal, and the first woman to practice law before the Supreme Court: these are just some of the remarkable characters whose lives influenced and defined the state of Wisconsin. Authors Michael Edmonds and Samantha Snyder plumbed the depths of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s collections to research and compose lively portraits of eighty of these notable individuals: mayors, ministers, mystics, murderers, and everything in between. Each story is followed by recommended sources for readers’ continued exploration. Whether read on the fly or all in one sitting, these short, colorful narratives will intrigue and inform as you delve into Wisconsin’s diverse and diverting history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870207921
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date: 04/14/2017
Edition description: 1
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,201,401
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Between 2006 and 2015, Michael Edmonds wrote more than 500 "Odd Wisconsin" sketches for a syndicated weekly newspaper column. He is the author of two award-winning books from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan and Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader, and has written several articles for the Wisconsin Magazine of History and other journals.

Samantha Snyder is a two-time graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, most recently completing her Masters in Library and Information Studies from the UW School of Library and Information Studies in May 2015. She currently lives in Washington, DC and works as a reference librarian at the US Patent and Trademark Office. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Artists and Writers

1 James Gates Percival (1795-1856), Forgotten Poet-Scientist 2

2 Vinnie Ream Hoxie (1847-1914), Woman Who Sculpted Lincoln 4

3 Reverend Mathias Wernerus (1873-1931), Artist-Priest of the Dickeyville Grotto 6

4 Bernice Stewart (1894-1975), Paul Bunyan's Savior 8

5 Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970), Wisconsin's Emily Dickinson 11

Lawyers and Politicians

6 William Clark Frazier (1776-1838), Milwaukee's Ill-Tempered First Judge 14

7 Nelson Dewey (1813-1889), Wisconsin's Eccentric First Governor 17

8 Arthur McArthur (1815-1896), Governor for Four Days 19

9 Isaac Van Schaick (1817-1901), Congressman with Gold Teeth 22

10 Edward Scofield (1842-1925), Governor Voted Out Over a Cow 24

11 Victor Berger (1860-1929), Congressman Who Opposed WWI 26

12 Emil Seidel (1864-1947), America's First Socialist Mayor 29

13 Daniel Hoan (1881-1961), Working-Class Hero 32

Hunters, Fishermen, and Hermits

14 O-cha-own (ca. 1710-1790), Ojibwe Hunter 36

15 William Wilson (1792-1861), Apostle Islands Hermit 38

16 Chief Little Pipe (1788-1895), Best Shot in Wisconsin 41

17 Oliver Armel(l798-1870), Madison Fur Trader 43

18 Dan Gagen (1834-1908), North Woods Pioneer and Contented Recluse 45

19 Joe Marden (1835-1909), Door County Hotelier and Wildcat Wrestler 47

20 "Pickerel Billy" (1847-1925), Renowned Guide and Fisherman 50

21 Tom Towner (1849-1923), Happy Hermit of the Marshes 53

Thieves and Murderers

22 The Fighting Finches (l830s-1850s), Brawlers of the Wisconsin Frontier 56

23 Charles Agrelius (1831-1915), Incorrigible Horse Thief 58

24 Andrew Grandstaff (1864-1888), Brutal Murderer of the Kickapoo Valley 60

25 Henry Dickert (dates unknown), Jilted Bomber 63

Innovators and Entrepreneurs

26 John Lawe (1780-1846), Wealthy Trader and Fearless River Runner 66

27 Julius McCabe (1785-1849), Compiler of Milwaukee's First Directory 69

28 Queen Marinette (1793-1865), Woman Fur Trader in a Man's World 71

29 Stephen Bonga (1799-1884), Black Voyageur of the North Woods 74

30 Agoston Haraszthy (1812-1869), Sauk City Pioneer and Father of California Wine 76

31 Mary Ann McVane (1832-unknown), Strong Woman Among Lumberjacks 78

32 Peter McGeoch (1833-1895), Milwaukee Investor Who Blew His Fat Chance 80

33 Reverend John W. Carhart (1834-1914), Father of the Automobile 83

34 Nicholas Gerber (1335-1903), Cheesemonger Who Created the Dairy State 85

35 William B. Pearl (1836-1914), Original Devils Lake Promoter 88

36 Willard Standish (1845-1938), Elderly Windmill Climber 91

Missionaries, Mystics, and Mediums

37 Father René Ménard (1605-1660), First Missionary to Wisconsin 94

38 Father Louis Nicolas (1634-ca. 170l), Curious Priest-Turned-Scientist 96

39 Nathaniel Tallmadge (1795-1864), Territorial Governor and Spiritualist 98

40 Francois Soubrie (dates unknown), Hermit of Holy Hill 101

41 Martin Rowney (dates unknown), Soldier Carried Off by the Devil 104

42 James Strang (1813-1856), King of Lake Michigan's Beaver Island 106

43 Reverend David Van Slyke (1818-1890), Minister Who Argued Eden Was in Wisconsin 108

44 Morris Pratt (1820-1902), Founder of Psychic Academy 110

45 Mary Hayes-Chynoweth (1825-1905), Psychic Healer and Clairvoyant 112

46 Wingfield Watson (1828-1922), Staunch Defender of Little-Known Sect 115

47 Adele Brise (1831-1896), Visionary Religious Teacher 117

Harmless Eccentrics

48 Eleazer Williams (1787-1858), Royal Imposter 120

49 Pinneo (dates unknown), Madison's First Drunkard 122

50 Frederick and Jane Shadick (ca. 1813-1854), Wisconsin Giants 124

51 Bull Dog Regan (unknown-1901), King of Lumberjack Brawlers 126

52 Hugh Lewis (1835-1919), Civil War Veteran Who Retrieved His Amputated Arm 128

53 Robert Eden (1836-1907), Colonel Who Got Married on a Battlefield 130

54 Eugene Shepard (1854-1923), Creator of the Hodag (and Perhaps Paul Bunyan) 132

55 Alice Hayden and Etta McLeod (unknown-1930s), Sisters Who Forgot They Were Rich 135

Crusaders and Reformers

56 Ezra Mendall (1797-1864), Farmer Who Stared Down Slave Catchers 138

57 Warren Chase (1813-1891), Utopian Communist 141

58 Mathilde Anneke (1817-1884), Publisher, Editor, and Women's Rights Leader 144

59 Ezekiel Gillespie (1818-1892), Black Milwaukeean Who Won the Right to Vote 146

60 C. Latham Sholes (1819-1890), Editor and Inventor Who Ended Capital Punishment 148

61 Lavinia Goodell (1839-1880), First Woman to Practice Law Before the Supreme Court 151

62 John Deitz (1861-1924), Defender of Cameron Dam 153

63 Theodore Schroeder (1864-1953), Free Speech Advocate 156

64 Lutie Stearns (1866-1943), Progressive Librarian 159

Doctors and Scientists

65 John Merrill (1802-1892), "Mountain Philosopher" Who Claimed Earth Was Hollow 162

66 Increase Lapham (1811-1875), Wisconsin's First Scientist 164

67 Juliet Severance (1833-1919), Doctor and Free Love Advocate 167

68 William Jurden (1851-1930), Doctor Who Believed in Cavemen on Mars 170

69 John Till (1870-1947), Quack Doctor of Barron County 172

Frontier Warriors and Peacemakers

70 Tomah (ca. 1752-1817), Menominee War Chief Who Argued for Peace 176

71 Waunigsootshka (ca. 1788-1828), Ho-Chunk Chief Who Died for His People 179

72 Henry Gratiot (1789-1836), Lead Miner and Negotiator 182

73 Mau-nah-pay-ho-nik (1793-1870), Ho-Chunk Chief Who Defied Forced Removal 186

74 Pierre Pauquette (1800-1836), Strongest Man in Wisconsin 189

75 Waubeekway (ca. 1840-1900), Ojibwe Warrior 192

Extraordinary Characters

76 Henri de Tonty (1649-1704), Man with the Iron Hand 196

77 Joseph Crelie (1773-1866), 145-Year-Old Man 198

78 Antoine Dennis (1852-1945), Tireless Ojibwe Mail Runner 200

79 Benjamin Butts (1853-1930), From Orphaned Slave to Governors' Friend 202

80 Hettie Pierce (1829-1944), Oldest Woman in Madison 205

Index 207

About the Authors 220

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