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Uncovering the Past on Place Names

In another brilliant family history and local history piece, Winquatt of Musings of the History Queen brings us “The mystery of Justin Chenoweth.” In The Dalles, Oregon, Chenoweth’s name (spelled Chenowith by the locals) is plastered all over town. There’s … Continue reading


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Knapp Family Gallery 1920-1930

The following are images from our collection for the James Asa Knapp and Emma Knapp family in Taylor Rapids, Wisconsin, from circa 1920-1930. For stories and information on many of these people, see our Knapp category. For a list of … Continue reading


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Visualizing the Peshtigo River and Impact on the Knapp Family

Visualizing the Peshtigo River and Impact on the Knapp Family

In The Peshtigo River, Marinette County’s Greatest Remaining Natural Resource was put together by Jim Frink on the High Falls Flowage site, a site about the lake and surrounding land and rivers, based upon a report in “The Water Powers … Continue reading


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Taylor Rapids, Wisconsin, The Town That Vanished

Taylor Rapids, Wisconsin, The Town That Vanished

A reader just pointed me to “The Rotarian’s article, “Wisconsin Goes Wild”, by William F. McDermott in Google Books. The article in the Rotarian describes Taylor Rapids, Wisconsin, as “snuggled down in the northern Wisconsin wood” and refers to it … Continue reading


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Poem: Evenin’ by Robert Knapp

Poem: Evenin' by Robert Knapp

Night drops down with usual clam. The peaceful night birds cry. The whippoorwill reiterates song, Natures own sweet lullaby. An owl hoots, from his lofty perch, A hungry coyote whines, Nocturnal animals in search, Make chills go up one’s spine. … Continue reading


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Poem: The Little Kids (Robert and Wayne Knapp)

In our family’s history, few brothers were as close as Robert and Wayne Knapp. A year apart in age, and the youngest of the family for a long time, they were bound at the hip during the rough and tumble … Continue reading


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Knapp Family: Our Introduction to the West in 1930

Knapp Family: Our Introduction to the West in 1930

In this story by Robert Knapp, he tells of when the family arrived in 1930 in Oregon as part of their Depression Era move from Wisconsin looking for work. In nineteen thirty, my mother and four brothers came west from … Continue reading


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Tracing the Wisconsin & Northwestern Railroad History to Taylor Rapids

Tracing the Wisconsin & Northwestern Railroad History to Taylor Rapids

The Knapp Family of Taylor Rapids, Wisconsin, lived for a long time in a log cabin they’d built called Ruby Shack that sat along the rail line that stopped about a mile or two east in the former logging camps … Continue reading


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The 1967 Trip Back to Taylor Rapids, Wisconsin

The 1967 Trip Back to Taylor Rapids, Wisconsin

This is a paper describing the trip back to Taylor Rapids, Wisconsin, by Knapp brothers, Wayne and Robert. It’s a beautiful piece that describes the now lost-to-time logging community and the landmarks that shaped their lives growing up there. It’s … Continue reading


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Missouri and Norwegian Lutheran Church Synod in Wisconsin 1845 – 1900s

When Hans Anderson (1844-1924) was about seven years old, he and his family immigrated from Fredriksvern, Norway, to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, as part of the Norway Lutheran Church movement to North America. The family became part of the Missouri Lutheran Church … Continue reading


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