A Northwoods Moment In History

Every Wednesday we turn back the clock on WXPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered with local historian Gary Entz to find out what life in the Northwoods used to be like. This is part of a new initiative by WXPR to tell the history and culture of northern Wisconsin.

Do you have an idea for something that might make a good episode of A Northwoods Moment in History? Send us an email: mackenzie@wxpr.org

A Northwoods Moment in History is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin.

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Not all of our history includes fond memories. This week on a Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz reminds us of the way Native Americans were treated in the Great Lakes Region in the 19th century, and of a man named of Simon Kahquados.

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This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tells us about a late Three Lakes resident whose photograph hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tells us about the Rhinelander actress who captured the hearts of movie-goers in the 1930's.

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It’s deer hunting season and many of us in search for the perfect buck.

This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tells us about a buck Erwin J. Steenson  experienced during a Thanksgiving hunt in Minocqua back in 1948.

An Immigrant's Story

Nov 14, 2018
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Many of us in the Northwoods are descended from immigrant families. Today we hear the story of one family who came to the Northwoods by way of Greece.

Gary Entz has the story in this week's episode of our continued series, A Northwoods Moment in History.

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There is a historic elk hunt taking place this year in Wisconsin.

This week on a Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tells us about the history of elk reintroduction efforts in Wisconsin.

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It's no secret that Wisconsin is full of famously haunted houses.

This week on a Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tells us about Summerwind Mansion in Vilas County.

Summerwind mansion in Vilas County regularly shows up on lists of the most haunted places in Wisconsin.  The ghost stories surrounding Summerwind are only legend and hearsay, and none can be corroborated with independent evidence.  The mansion was real and interesting in its own right, but the tales of disembodied spirits and eerie organ music only add to the fascination of the place.

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Did you know that the town of Sayner was named for its founder, Orrin W. Sayner?

This week on a Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tell us his story.

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Downtown Rhinelander used to be very different.

This week on a Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tells us about a fall festival that happened there in 1934.

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If you are familiar with Oneida County, you've probably heard the name Pelican more than one time.

This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us about the name Pelican and its history in the Northwoods.

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This week on a Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us how television came to be in the Northwoods.

Television is such a part of our everyday lives that most of us don’t think twice about it.  With cable, satellite, and Internet streaming services, we have hundreds of news and entertainment choices available twenty-four hours a day.  In addition, if we can’t find something we like, we can always pop something in the DVD or Blu-ray player.  It wasn’t always this way, and earlier generations would have marveled at such modern conveniences.

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The Bearskin State Trail in Oneida County is a popular destination today.

As part of our series A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tells us about how it's changed over the years.

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The name Frederick S. Robbins might ring a bell for those in the Rhinelander area.

As part of our continued series A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz has the story of his life.

Frederick S. Robbins is a fairly well-known name in Rhinelander history.  He came to the city in 1886, built a sawmill in 1887, and ran the Robbins Lumber Company for many years.  Robbins lived an active and adventurous life, but what is less well-known is how tough and vigorous he really was.

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In 1926, four Chicago gangsters fled to the Northwoods.

Just ahead, Gary Entz tells us exactly what transpired as part of our continued series, A Northwoods Moment in History.

On August 6, 1926, John “Mittens” Foley was gunned down on the corner of Richmond and Sixty-fifth Street in Chicago in a syndicate fight over beer trafficking.  The four assailants escaped in a large touring car with enlarged cylinders.  In other words, a car geared to racing speed.  That car was soon spotted driving around the town of Tomahawk.

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This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us about a land dispute on Partridge Lake in the 1950s.

Wisconsin First Nations have a rich history in the state, and this is particularly true in the Northwoods.  There are many ways of looking at history, and understanding our past through the perspective of Native Americans is not only useful, it is necessary in order to have a complete record of the Northwoods story.

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