Carl Schels

Wisconsin Historical Society

When the stock market crashed in late 1929, ushering in the Great Depression, the prosperity of the 1920’s screeched to a halt. As factories and mills closed their doors, millions of Americans found themselves unemployed. 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. When the young, unmarried Carl Schels lost his job working for Chicago Western Electric in 1930, the prospects for...