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Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy

Established in 2006, the AIHPC is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the many historic properties and cultural landscapes in the Apostle Islands region on northern Wisconsin.  Beginning with a core group of families who hold longstanding property interests in historically-significant buildings on Sand and Rocky Islands, in some cases dating from the late 1800′s, the Conservancy represents a wide range of interests throughout the Chequamegon Peninsula.

 

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Today in Chequamegon history: Russell Township hit hard.

Bayfield County Press, October 19, 1923: "Damp weather and heavy rains on Tuesday and Wednesday completely quenched the great forest fires which on Monday again were sweeping over the Bayfield Peninsula and destroying property and threatening farms, homes and buildings. Following the hard fight of last week by farmers and others who went to their assistance, it was hoped that the menace of forest fires was over for the present fall season, but a very high wind Sunday evening again caused the fires to spread and "run" rapidly over hundreds of acres of land which had previously escaped, and also over much which had been burned over in the earlier fires.

"By the middle of Monday forenoon the fires had reached such a stage that a general call for help was sent into this city from the Red Cliff district and the territory in the Raspberry Valley, Carver Crossing, and at Russell Crossing. The Wachsmuth Lumber Co., in this city, closed its mill down and sent its entire crew out to fight the fires and guard the bridges on its logging road from destruction.

"The greatest loss suffered in the fires this week was that sustained by Peterson Brothers at Raspberry who lost their portable sawmill and a considerable quantity of cut timber. This lost mounts into hundreds of dollars."

"In many places farm homes and other structures had very close calls, and the fires for a time threatened to create a great deal of havoc in the Indian Pageant Park District, when the rains came just in time to remove this danger. Fire Marshal Powell with a crew of men spent all day Monday, Monday night, and Tuesday in covering a large territory, backfiring and giving other assistance at points of danger, about the worst fight being encountered nearing the Joe Drinville place and the Peterson property, both adjoining the Raspberry Valley."

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Collected and edited by Bob Mackreth for the Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy, a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the historic heritage of the Apostle Islands region of northern Wisconsin.

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