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- Airborne Rescue

Bayfield County Press, February 22, 1945: "What is believed to be another "first" for this region so far as air travel is concerned, was established on Monday of this week, when Wesley Boutin, Oak Island fisherman, was removed by plane from the island to an Ashland hospital for treatment, after a companion had walked across the ice to get help.

"Boutin suffered a nasal hemorrhage late Sunday night and bled profusely all night. When word was finally gotten to Chief Coast Guardsman James Bard he immediately called for a plane, which was supplied by Lt. A. G. Sell, local commander of the Ashland C.A.P., and piloted by Paul Hosier, airport manager.

"The rescue was accomplished in about an hour from the time the call was first received. Latest reports indicate satisfactory progress in the recovery of the rescued man.

"Again the essential nature of airplane service has been demonstrated in the Chequamegon bay region, this time to save a man's life."

Of interest: "Chief Coast Guardsman James Bard" was previously Keeper of the Devils Island Lighthouse, transferring to the USCG with the dissolution of the Lighthouse Service.


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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