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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: justice is served.

Washburn Times, March 22, 1899: "Frank Bassett and his wife, who have been notoriously conspicuous for the past week or two through having been discovered carrying on a business of shoplifting, paid the fine imposed on them when found guilty in the Municipal Court last week, and then disposed of their building on Bayfield Street, after which they accepted the invitation of the authorities to leave town. Bassett conducted a harness shop here for a time, but his thoroughly dishonest methods in every business transaction forced him out of business. For some time it has been generally supposed that both he and his wife were engaged in stealing, but the authorities acted cautiously and finally ensnared their victims. It is well to be rid of such people, who are of no use to any community."

A little more about this charming couple, from the previous week's paper:

Washburn Times, March 15, 1899: "Bassett and his wife appear to have carried on a system of shoplifting for some time past, and have finally come to grief. The case was hotly contested, but the specific point of stealing from the store of S. Shoresman was proven. There was a great deal of evidence that went to show that the Bassetts had carried on a systematic course of stealing ever since they came to Washburn. The merchants whose stores these people have visited had become suspicious of them some time ago, and it was but natural that their arrest and conviction should follow. The Bassetts have come to be regarded as a bad family, and their final winding up will surprise no one."

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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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