In the late 1800s and early 1900s a now illegal practice was once quite common – requiring capable institutionalized patients to work on asylum grounds. St. Croix County was not foreign to this idea; the St. Croix County Asylum operated a 667 acre farm that was run by its patients.
Orson Squire Fowler: A man renowned in the Victorian era for his wide range of expertise including studies in phrenology, architecture, and even more surprising for the era, sex manuals. Fowler’s ideas fit perfectly with the Victorian era’s culture of reform and individual betterment. Buried in an unmarked grave in
#1. Old Hudson Toll Bridge The Hudson Toll Bridge, accessed in Lakefront Park, once connected Wisconsin and Minnesota. The needed bridge was not without its share of controversy, especially from ferry boat operators. In about 1910 a Bridge Boosters organization was formed to promote bridge the project. The St. Croix
St. Croix County in 1840 was over ten times larger than it is today. The county used to encompass as far south as Prescott and as far north as Canada. Early French explorers, traders, and missionaries traveled throughout the region in as early as the 1600s. They interacted with
That’s right – the plaster doctor of Somerset, Wisconsin, a self-described “doctor” who treated patients without a license between 1905 and 1908. John Till allegedly cured hundreds of people with various ailments – ranging from cancer to corns, all with his handy plaster. Of course not without the help of
If you’ve never heard the story, you may be wondering what a “Gretna Green” is in the first place. Gretna Green is a small town in Scotland that at one point was along a major road that connected England with Scotland. This prime location would serve a very significant purpose.