Badger Boneyards : The Eternal Rest of the Story

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-05
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
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From the Ornate Tombs of Milwaukee beer baron Frederick Pabst to miniscule ancestral plots, Wisconsin cemeteries house memories of war, families, tragedy, and community. Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Story unearths the intriguing and often long-forgotten histories of more than thirty Wisconsinites past, from the hard-scrabble life of an old-time cemetery man to the many husbands of a nineteenth-century charmer. Football great John Heisman is buried here, as is the state's smallest man, a woman whose tombstone names her murderer, and the boy who would not tell a lie and paid the price. Yet even in a graveyard, peace proves hard to come by: Wisconsin's Native American tribes have fought for undisturbed grounds and proper burial, and the inhabitants of a Bayfield cemetery were unearthed by a raging flood. Longtime Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Dennis McCann seeks out the stories, both tranquil and turbulent, in Wisconsin's cities of the dead. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
An Old-Time Cemetery Manp. 1
Buried in a Peninsular Paradisep. 5
Where Oles Go to Restp. 12
Listen to Me, Just Oncep. 17
The Boneyard Built by Baronsp. 20
The ˘Who Was Who÷ of Forest Homep. 27
The Talkative Cameron Tombstonesp. 32
The Tombstone Tavernp. 36
The Virgin Em and Her Many Husbandsp. 39
Wisconsin's Smallest Manp. 44
Belle Boyd, Confederate Spyp. 46
The Lake Superior Surferp. 50
Heisman's Trophyp. 54
Poor Percival the Poetp. 58
Fort Crawford's Old Bonesp. 62
Confederates at Restp. 66
Where No Priest May Enterp. 70
The Cemetery within a Cemeteryp. 74
Tales the Tombstones Tellp. 80
The Restoration of a Cemeteryp. 87
Even in the Crave, He's Freep. 92
The Boy Who Would Not Liep. 95
A Short Visit with the Belgiansp. 99
Shantyboy Hillp. 105
Peshtigo Fire Cemeteryp. 108
Catharine, Murderedp. 112
The Man Who Isn't Therep. 116
The Disrupted Spirits of Wisconsin Pointp. 120
When Peaceful Rest Was Washed Awayp. 124
A Veteran and Preacher Receives His Duep. 130
A Controversial Burial Groundp. 135
Spirits of the Dead Live Onp. 140
Acknowledgmentsp. 145
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