Bob Willging http://wxpr.org en Trapping in the Blood: the Carl Schels Story http://wxpr.org/post/trapping-blood-carl-schels-story <p>When the stock market crashed in late 1929, ushering in the Great Depression, the prosperity of the 1920’s screeched to a halt.&nbsp; As factories and mills closed their doors, millions of Americans found themselves unemployed. &nbsp;</p><p>In today’s History Afield, WXPR Contributor Bob Willging tells the story of one man who left Chicago during the Depression to make his mark in the Northwoods.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Bob Willging 16419 at http://wxpr.org Trapping in the Blood: the Carl Schels Story Northernaire: Waldorf of the Wilderness http://wxpr.org/post/northernaire-waldorf-wilderness <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The resort industry in Northern Wisconsin goes back over 100 years to when tourists were first lured to the lake country on the heels of the lumberjacks.&nbsp; Small family owned resorts with cottages lining lake shores catered to fisherman in the early days.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:18:09 +0000 Bob Willging 13749 at http://wxpr.org Northernaire: Waldorf of the Wilderness The Mysterious Death of Edward Keeler http://wxpr.org/post/mysterious-death-edward-keeler <p>Hunters and trappers spend a great deal of time alone in the woods, and outdoor activities in remote areas have their share of inherent dangers. &nbsp;</p><p>Those dangers were even more apparent in the 1930s, a time of limited communication, large tracts of remote country, few heavily traveled roads, and the occasional gangster, moonshiner or poacher.</p><p>In today’s History Afield, Bob Willging tells the story of one man’s mysterious death in the woods in 1931.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:08:57 +0000 Bob Willging 12390 at http://wxpr.org The Mysterious Death of Edward Keeler Sixty Years Ago, A Bloody Gun-Deer Season http://wxpr.org/post/sixty-years-ago-bloody-gun-deer-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wisconsin’s gun deer season is approaching. &nbsp;It’s a time when many hunters across the state look forward to getting away from the pressures of work, spending time in the woods. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But as </span>WXPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bob </span>Willging<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> relates in today’s History Afield essay, the 1942 murder of a conservation warden in Florence County had deer hunters in northeast Wisconsin anything but relaxed.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Bob Willging 10963 at http://wxpr.org Sixty Years Ago, A Bloody Gun-Deer Season 1930 Deer Revolt: When Oneida County Took On the State http://wxpr.org/post/1930-deer-revolt-when-oneida-county-took-state <p>We’re heading into November, and that means deer hunting will soon be in full swing.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s a cultural phenomenon in the state, with deeply rooted traditions that go back 100 years or more. While there has been much change in Wisconsin deer hunting over time, controversy and disagreement have never been far away.</p><p>In the first of a series we’re calling History Afield, WXPR Contributor Bob Willging has the story of one of the oddest deer hunting political battles of the last century.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Bob Willging 10025 at http://wxpr.org 1930 Deer Revolt: When Oneida County Took On the State