Bob Willging http://wxpr.org en One Morning in March, 1933 http://wxpr.org/post/one-morning-march-1933 <p>It’s May and we’re still waiting for the ice to melt on most lakes in the Northwoods.&nbsp; Lake Superior is still about halfway iced over. &nbsp;But even when it’s thoroughly covered with ice, conditions can be treacherous.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In today’s History Afield essay, we hear the story of Vern </span>Frechette’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> memorable trip out on the ice…one morning in March 1933.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Bob Willging 17621 at http://wxpr.org One Morning in March, 1933 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