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Remodeling Plans Continue
Preserving Francis Deleglise's Cabin
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How to Preserve Your Historic Building

Museum Remodeling:
The topic of this year’s annual meeting

The museum is proceeding with its remodeling plans. After some false starts and changes in directions we have decided on an overall plan that will be implemented in stages as funds become available. We have been working with the firm Funktion which is based in Wausau. They have worked on several historic restorations around the state and together we have worked out a plan to move forward.

Originally we had planned to replace the poor lighting system and the ceiling on the main floor. Redoing the heating/air conditioning ductwork was included as well as lighting changes throughout the building. The goal of making the building handicap accessible has been on our radar for a very long time and we hoped to do it with the remodeling. With Funktion’s knowledge and help we developed an overall plan but the cost was too high to implement all at once. So we have broken down the plan into stages, insuring that nothing we do initially will hinder implementation of future improvements. We have begun fundraising for stage 1 and will proceed as funds become available.

Phase one highlights include redoing the lighting and ceiling on the main floor and providing a handicap accessible ramp into the building’s main floor. Toilet facilities will be added to the main floor making the main floor, which contains much of the displays and archives, available to those who are handicapped. At our annual meeting the planners from Funktion will present the overall scheme for remodeling the museum and what will take place during the various stages. This will likely be a multi-year project and insure that the museum will be better able to display its collection of artifacts and make the building accessible to a larger part of the population.

The annual meeting will take place on Sunday November 5 from 1pm to 4 pm at TimberHaven in Polar. There will be a dinner followed by a brief business meeting and the presentation of the remodeling plans. Click for details of the annual meeting and registration form.

Remodeling Plans Continue

Elcho CCC 657

The board continues to meet with Funktion Design Studios of Wausau to develop remodeling plans for the museum. Funktion has reviewed the current status of the building and current building codes. Lighting options have been suggested which will, particularly on the main floor, maintain period style and function for museum displays. Less elaborate lighting plans are being considered for the second floor and basement, partly due to technical considerations. In addition, electrical and heating/cooling options are being reviewed.

At a recent meeting with the board Funktion presented plans for possible reconfiguration of floor plans that will ultimately make the building handicap accessible. This is something that we have long desired.

After a lengthy presentation of options to the board in March, Funktion will now narrow down some parameters and prepare a more detailed analysis, including cost estimates. The board will then have to determine what may be financially reasonable and best fits our needs as a museum. We hope to be able to present a plan to the community by May or June.

Shoppers at our rummage sale on June 3rd and picnickers on July 12th could spend time discussing plans with board members present.

Langlade archives online

Langlade County Historical Society information online at website.

CCC Camp 657 of Elcho Added to Archives

Elcho CCC 657The CCC was one of the most successful of the New Deal projects implemented by FDR. It provided work and training for many young men and financial support for their families.

Camp 657 was established, in June, 1933 at Summit Lake in Langlade County. More permanent barracks were erected at nearby Otter Lake, in Elcho. In November 1933 the recruits marched in from their tents at Summit Lake to their new barracks in Elcho.

Camp 657 primarily did reforestation in a region that had been clear cut by the logging industry. Enrollees planted almost 1,400 acres and also build fire roads, lookout towers, fire breaks, did stream and pond development with fish stocking, improved conditions for wild game and established 3 acres of public campgrounds. More than 75 years after the camp ceased its existence the benefits of their efforts are still enjoyed in Langlade County.

Photos, camp newsletters, and memorabilia of Camp 657 Elcho may now be viewed at (in the search window, type “ccc camp 657 elcho”).

Medicine Man


A. J. Kingsbury Picture Postcards of Northern Wisconsin

Images of Ojibwe and Menominee Indians in northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the early 20th century, photographed by Arthur J. Kingsbury of Antigo.
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Deleglise LetterDeleglise Documents

Letters written to family members by Francis Deleglise, founder of the city of Antigo, during his service in the Civil War.
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Steam EngineLanglade County Railroad Photographs

The railroad photographs in the collection of the Langlade County Historical Society depict depots, rail yards, rail crews, locomotives, and train wrecks in the Antigo area from the late 19th century to the 1990s. View collection.
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Logging Wagon Langlade County Logging Photographs

The logging photographs in the collection of the Langlade County Historical Society document work crews, logging camps, sawmills and other aspects of Wisconsin’s logging industry from the 19th century to the 1990s.
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Anitgo Soldiers in World War I

In World War I Langlade County men formed the 107th Trench Mortar Battery Company. They saw action in France and participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. William Wessa documented the 107 TMB with photos and a written history.
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Reuben Sweet Diary

Rueben Sweet Diary

Rueben Sweet left Manitowoc in 1863 to fight in the Civil War. He participaed in Sherman's March to the Sea.
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by Richard Prestor and Joseph Hermolin

$21.99 - The newest book in the Arcadia Publishing's Images of America Series

Recent Donations:

Richard Brock: Indian artifacts, books
Dave & Judy DeVore: Scrapbook of WWI soldiers
Brook & Dane Hanson: Railroad station lamp, Elcho letter sweater (in memory of Peter & Wallace
Rasmussen) Nancy Keller: Wicker doll carriage
Donna Osness: Nazi flag
Harry Mills: Yearbook, postcards, dental journal of Dr. Mills
Jim Posselt: John Schroepfer violin
Angela Schwartz: Margaret Studio platter
Suzanne Sell: Child’s wooden desk Terry Straavaldsen & Ellen Dudley: Indian woven baby basket
Judy Turney: Photos of Polar, prom dance cards, doll clothes, child’s clothes hamper, books, View Master holder
Joyce Zaverousky: VFW Auxiliary items, religious books, music books & tapes

Monetary Donations:

James Aulik
James and Kathleen Wing
Langlade County Genealogy Society
Sheldon Foundation

New and Renewed Memberships:

Rod Barta, Fran Brown, Dede Cromer, Judy Grimm, Joe Hermolin, Bill and Beth Kelly, Sue Kramer, Jeff and Cheryl Marx, Don and Mary Mollet, Gloria Rettinger, Carol and Sam Steffan, Dick Strasser, Bill and Helen Williams, Diane Zuelzke

Special Thanks: George Fleishman for repairs to railroad baggage wagon

We hosted tours for: Spring Valley School, Peace Childcare Learning Center, Boys & Girls Club, Resource Center

From the Curator:

We would like to fill the gaps in our collection of Antigo High School yearbooks. Missing years include 1944, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1964. We would appreciate donations to fill these gaps.


Wisconsin Council for Local History

Mary Kay Wolf - CuratorThe Wisconsin Council for Local History is a state wide organization of over 370 local history groups. The Langlade County Historical Society is part of the Northwoods Region. The Council helps local groups in several ways:

  1. Each year mini-grants are awarded to a number of groups. This year the Langlade County Historical Society received a grant for the purchase of archival boxes and pages for our photo collection. Curator Mary Kay Wolf is busy organizing and indexing our archives and in the near future they should be much more accessible to the public.

  2. The Council, together with the Wisconsin Historical Society, organizes a number of workshops and webinars on a wide range of topics. A recent conference was held in Madison and board president Joe Hermolin attended workshops in processing archival collections, web design, and digitization. Workshops are being planned for spring and the next annual conference is scheduled for Wisconsin Rapids from October 11-12, 2013. Details on future workshops, webinars, and conferences, as well as bibliography and notes from the recent conference may be viewed on the Wisconsin Historical Society’s web site:

  3. The Council manages a local history listserve where people may ask questions, seek advice, post events, and more. Join by sending an email to: and type SUBSCRIBE in the body of the email.