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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:

Washburn Times December 12, 1900: "Angora goats a success"

"About a year ago a number of Bayfieldites organized a company and purchased a heard of Angora goats, which are placed on a tract of land near town. The flock has been sold to Ole Reiten who will continue in the Angora business at Bayfield. Speaking of the enterprise to the Bayfield Press, whose editor was one of the original company that brought the goats into the county, he says, "The company started in last April with 100 goats. They were permitted to roam the cutover west of town unrestrained, and the result this fall was a large increase in the herd and not a loss by disease or accident," and they go into winter quarters, "as fat as butter."

"Confined to limited quarters they will speedily be fit for cultivation and much more than pay for their keep. The settler in the "new Wisconsin" who will try these hardy and prolific animals is sure to reap a bountiful reward. The experiment thus far has been a success."

The Times' predicted goat boom never materialized, but you'll still find these fascinating animals on the Chequamegon peninsula if you know where to look.

Illustration: NOT an Angora goat. The editor just liked it.

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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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