Catalog of Stories

Send a Story of Prairie du Chien was first published in 2009. Each story is 6x9 with 16-24 pages and
includes historic pictures and original photographs. Click here for the Series Catalog July 2014 pdf.

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Here is the entire catalog of stories:

Volume I 2009:

The Raven of the Reynards published in Great Britain in 1846 and traveled back to Prairie du Chien where it is enjoyed by a new generation of readers. [1 I-1]

$5.00 (plus tax)

 

   
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Without Any Provocation tells of two senseless murders in the 1840s involving young men from Prairie du Chien. [2 I-2]

 

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Kicking Up the Devil is a wild tale of river thieves and how they met up with vigilante justice one May weekend in 1858. [3 I-3]

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An Awful Crime recalls two brutal murders in the 1860s and other mayhem that plagued Prairie du Chien during the Civil War years. [ 4 I-4]

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The Winneshiek is about the bar and grill, the watershed and the series of Winnebago chiefs all sharing the name. [5 I-5]

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Wachute Memorial Library on Wacouta Avenue honors an important institution on the historic artesian well site and the Wachute family that donated the library. In  2012 the library will celebrate its 100th birthday. [6 I-6]

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The Raffauf Block 1870 is a biography of the building that is currently home to Windy Cove Treasure. [7 I-7]

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Sacred to the Memory; Fort Crawford Cemetery recounts the old military cemetery and the people buried beginning in 1829. [8 I-8]

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The Kane’s on Fire!  tells of the historic fire in 1873 that changed downtown Prairie du Chien. It was on the Main Street site to be developed as a new hotel complex. [9 I-9]

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Hey Rube! is one of our favorite stories of the Buffalo Bill Riot in the summer of 1900 retold because readers requested it. [10 I-10]

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Volume I Collection. All ten (10) stories in Volume I of the Send A Story of Prairie du Chien series.
$40.00 (plus tax)
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Volume II 2010:

The Big Fire: February 1899 reports the fire that destroyed the north side of the East 100 block of Blackhawk Avenue. [11 II-1]

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The Legend of the Blackhawk Tree written because readers requested it. [12 II-2]

 

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Faith of Our Fathers: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is the summary of the church since it was associated with Fort Crawford with a tribute to Father E. Raymond Sims, who passed away in January 2010.
[13 II-3]

 

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At the End of the Road tells of the Dousman House during its heyday as a hotel.  Charley Huffschmidt, the hotel’s colorful proprietor for 25 years is featured.
[14 II-4]

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A Prince of a Good Fellow: Alva A. Caya is the biography of a favorite son who was the first to die in combat in WWI. The story focuses on Prairie du Chien during  the years of his life 1893-1918. [15 II-5]

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An Ever Present Spirit celebrates  the 100th anniversary of the statue. It traces Prairie du Chien’s connection with Father Marquette back to 1673. [16 II-6]

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An Indian Runner  is a story by Eliphalet Price from Clayton County Iowa @ 1850 about how one Sioux warrior won a race for life at Fort Crawford in the 1820s. [17 II-7]

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The Corner: The Kappel Block 1866 The biography of the brick block on NE corner of Blackhawk and Beaumont  [18 II-8]

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For Some Strange Reason the story of the Brisbois graves by reader request [19 II-9]

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A Ryghte Merries Christmasse a collection of memories of Chrismtas s in Prairie du Chien.  [20 II-2]

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Volume II Collection. All ten (10) stories in Volume II of the Send A Story of Prairie du Chien series.
$45.00 (plus tax)
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Volume III 2011:

The Execution of Chunksah is the raw tale of death by firing squad at Fort McKay January 7, 1815.  The execution spot was about wher the Villa pond is today. [21 III-1]

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Knoxie: A Love Story is the nationally famous love story of Sarah Knox Taylor and Jefferson Davis that began in Prairie du Chien. [22 III-2] 

 

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Our Friend Lawler is mini-biography of Prairie du Chien’s greatest philanthropist, John Lawler, with equal emphasis on him home and business life. [23 III-3]

 

 

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The Gilt is Gone Dousman House Part 2 [1919-2011] when it housed a packing plant and sat empty. [24 Volume III-4] At the End of the Road tells of the Dousman House as a hotel. [24 II-4]

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On A Regular Bender catalogs the floods in Prairie du Chien from 1785-2011 with records, pictures and stories. [25 III-5]

 

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Let the Eagle Scream! celebrates the 4th of July in early Prairie du Chien [26 III-6]

 

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A Short Life in the Saddle tells the intriguing story Don J. Berry who grew up in Marquette and attended Campion and died young far away from home.
[27 III-7]

 

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Emma Big Bear honors the Winnebago woman as a faithkeeper for her Winnebago people.  She was a long time resident of McGregor and Marquette and an accomplished basket maker. [28  III-8]


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The Howe Way salutes 100 years of Howe family ownership of the Courier [29 III-9]


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The Birdman and His Wonderful Machine is a companion piece to The Howe Way and tells of the 1911 Hugh Robinson historic fligh—  the first big story in the Courier after Hank Howe took over. [30 III-10]

 

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Volume III Collection. All ten (10) stories in Volume III of the Send A Story of Prairie du Chien series.
$50.00 (plus tax)
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Volume IV 2012:

Old French Days is the reprint of Albert Coryer’s Memoir of Julian and Joseph about life among the early French around 1840.[31 Volume IV-1]

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The Lady Franklin  is the story of Norman Wiard’a iceboat about 1860 when John Muir joined Wiard at Prairie du Chien to work on the invention.  Later Wiard went east and Muir went west; both became famous. [32 Volume IV-2]

 

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The Jan Collection is a sketch of Jan White Check and her successful business, Check’s Antiques.  Her children have made her images of Prairie du Chien available at the public library. [33 Volume IV-3]

 

 

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Up One Side and Down the Other is a walking tour of Blackhawk Avenue from Main to Illinois and back to Main.  First published digitally, it is also available for downloadable from the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library’s web site (or [34 Volume IV-4]

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Not Since the Villa Parades recounts the years between 1935 and 1952 when the city owned the Villa Louis, and the opening was a 3 day celebration.
[35 Volume IV-5]

 

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Red Bird: Swallowed Up and Lost one of Prairie du Chien’s best tales. In the summer of 1827, Red Bird made a decision which swallowed up and lost the considerable good will and respect he earned from all who knew him. [36 Volume IV-6]

 

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The Great Artesian Well is the history of the library site including the Artesian Well dating to 1875, the sanitariums that grew from the well. This anniversary edition was published to coincide with the 100th birthday of the Wachute Memorial Library.
[37 Volume IV- 7]

 

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A German Generation is about the generation of Germans who came with the railroad and built modern Prairie du Chien. Michael Menges is featured.
[38 Volume IV-8]


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Babette’s Loup Garou is the reprint an old werewolf trickster tale set in Prairie du Chien. [39 Volume IV-9]


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Keewatin Academy is about the short lived boys school housed at the Villa Louis prior to WWI.
[40 Volume IV-10]

 

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Volume IV Collection. All ten (10) stories in Volume IV of the Send A Story of Prairie du Chien series.
$35.00 (plus tax)
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Volume V 2013:

When the River is Ice is about the winter season between 1850 and 1950 when the ice road and the ice harvest were central to winter’s rhythm. [41 V-1]

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Prairie du Chien’s 14: Sites on the National Register of Historic Places includes pictures and brief descriptions. [42 V-2]

 

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An Old Indian Town: Prairie du Chien in 1814was written to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien.  It offers a description of what the town was like and 4 mini biographies of people who were living here and influencing events.. [43 V-3]

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For Love The Murder of Katie Jordan: For Love; The Murder of Katie Jordan the haunting and tragic story of a young Glen Haven woman murdered in 1868. [44 V-4]

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Volume V Collection. All ten (10) stories in Volume V of the Send A Story of Prairie du Chien series.
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