A Northwoods Moment In History

Every Wednesday at 6:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m., and 5:45 p.m., we turn back the clock on WXPR 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.

You can keep track of A Northwoods Moment in History and all of WXPR's local features on the WXPR Local Features podcast, wherever you get your podcasts.

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.

The Ice Storm of 1922

Jan 16, 2019
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This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz looks back on an ice storm that happened in Wisconsin back in 1922.

People who live and work in the Northwoods are accustomed to cold temperatures, ice, and snow.  No matter what time period in history we look at, people adapted and dealt with the weather conditions.  However, every once in a while the weather packs an unusual wallop, and sometimes it is so severe that it can even bring hardy Northwoods residents to a standstill.  Such was the case with an ice storm that struck Wisconsin in February 1922.

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This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz looks back on the life of Rhinelander's Paul Browne.

There have been many notable people who have lived and worked in Rhinelander in the 137 years of its existence as a town.  The men who built the logging industry clearly defined its early history, but few have had as lasting an impact on the ongoing character of the city as did Paul Browne.

Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

Since 1933, volunteers in the Eagle River area have been getting together around this time of the year to build an ice castle.

How did this tradition start, though? Gary Entz has the story as part of our weekly series A Northwoods Moment in History.

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With winter officially beginning last Friday, Gary Entz tells us about winter logging this week as part of our continued series A Northwoods Moment in History.

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For many children, writing a letter to Santa has always been an important part of this time of the year.

Back in 1929 though, the letters reflected hardships in Rhinelander families. Gary Entz remembers those families this week as part of our continued series A Northwoods Moment in History.

Thanks to Liana Teter, Brynn Teter, and Cooper Dick for reading the letters from 1929.

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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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