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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: challenging year for hunters on the islands and elsewhere.

Bayfield County Press, November 22, 1956: "Near-Zero Cold, Wind, and Deep Snow Join to Test Stamina of Hunters and Fishermen -- Success Ratio May Be Low, due to Cold, Noisy Woods, and Generally Tough Hunting"

"Winds of near-gale intensity, temperatures close to zero, and from eight to twelve inches of heavy snow, plus icy highways, have combined during the past week to make pretty miserable conditions for deer hunters and herring fishermen.

"Latest available figures show 203 animals registered from the islands, including Madeline. All of the Apostle Islands except Madeline have an "any-deer" law. There has been no breakdown as yet for the separate islands.

"Some concern was felt Saturday evening and Sunday when a Milwaukee man was reported lost on Stockton Island. He had been lost, had realized it, had kept his wits about him, and was found safe and secure --- with a good buck to take home with him.

"Radio was used on Saturday afternoon to institute a search for a man known to be hunting on Madeline Island, to have him call an Ashland hospital --- due to family emergency. He was soon found, put in the call, and learned that his brother had been shot in the face in an accident in the western part of the county. The victim received prompt medical care and was reported to be in good condition at the hospital.

"With three days of the season remaining, many hunters have left for their homes. A quite noticeable exodus occurred yesterday, evidently spurred by the desire to get home and spend Thanksgiving day with families.

"Hunters are reported to have nearly all left the islands, except for Madeline, and there the diehards are dwindling in number.

"Herring fishermen have complained bitterly of the "slowness" of the season to date, although an occasional smile could be seen today as heavier lifts were being brought in to the picking and dressing stations."

Photos: scenes from Bob Harrison's hunting resort on Basswood Island, early 1950s.

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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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