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The Lake Shore and Eastern
A Logging Railroad in
North-Central Wisconsin

by  John L. Berg

Early in 1888 the leaders of the Phillips Lumber Company, John R. and Benjamin W. Davis secured the assistance of the officers of the Wisconsin Central Railroad to build a spur into the rich pine timberland east of Phillips.  The act brough into existence the Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad, one of the many logging railroads being built by numerous lumber companies in Wisconsin at that time.  By the summer of 1926, Pierson Kneeland, succcessor to the Davis brothers, ceased operations of the Lake Shore and Eastern east of Phillips. He directed Company crews to dismantle the spur.  In the autumn of 1932, Kneeland terminated the existnce of the Lake Shore and Eastern by ending operations at the Company's branch in Morse, Wisconsin, some 45 miles to the north.  The impact the lumber industry had upon these communities and their citizens lingered on as sales continued on a reduced scale.  The common signt of the logging railroad faded rapidly, and apart from those who actually worked on it, little was rememberd about the Lake Shore and Eastern.
     Profusely illustrated with stunning photographs and maps. The lake Shore and Eastern, A logging Railroad in North Central Wisconsin is an informative, well-paced narrative of one of Wisconsin's largest logging railroads.  327 pages
    ISBN: 978-0-578-16736-7

Purchase direct by calling John L. Berg at 715-323-3414, or by mail to the Price County Historical Society Inc. P.O. Box 156, Fifield, WI  54524-0126
$30 plus $5 for shipping and postage. Make checks out to the Price County Historical Society, Inc.

Giard's First Hundred Years

by Melvin Beimfohr

Originally published in Froelich, Iowa by Melvin Beimfohr in 1971. This book is a history of the village and people of Giard, Iowa, a rest stop and watering hole for pioneers and farmers on their way to McGregor, Iowa and the Mississippi River, where they would ship produce or board a steamboat or train.

Second printing in 2004 includes new typeface, corrections, and forward by Willa Helwig. Laminated paper cover; printed on recycled paper. 77 pp, 26 photographs.

ISBN 0-9727428-3-2

Library of Congress Control Number--2004100967

$10.00---includes shipping and handling


by Ronald Harris

Resting place of the infamous "Virgin Em" (Emma Eastman) and three of her nine husbands. Includes a description of the restoration of the cemetery in 2003 and a list of interments, including the following surnames: Adney, Boyle, Cameron, Cornish, Cruver, Eastman, Fitch, Klotzbach, Regal, Stence, Van Sickle, Wilson, and Wisemiller. Includes historic and modern photographs as well as a thumbnail biography of Emma Eastman.

$12.00 + $3.00 shipping and handling COLOR--51 pages New Printing with clear, laminated cover.

For more information go to    Eastman Cemetery

FROELICH, IOWA, Birthplace of the First Gasoline Tractor

by Marian Beimfohr, edited by Ron Harris

This is a new edition of Beimfohr's book, containing many additional photographs and including the recollections of Colonel Froelich regarding his father, John Froelich's, invention and testing of the tractor in 1892 in the wheat fields of South Dakota. Included are photographs of John Froelich and crew threshing wheat, first with a steam tractor, and later with the new Froelich tractor powered by the 16hp Van Duzen vertical engine. The first advertising brochure is also reprinted that was Froelich's effort to market his tractor, the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine.

Order a new printing of this book directly from the Froelich Foundtion.

ISBN: 9780979652387

Library of Congress Control Number--2010927581

187 pages, over 200 illustrations

$20.00 + $5.00 shipping and handling--add $2.00 for each additional book


Edited by Ronald Harris

First Edition. On the 75th anniversary of the death of E. Leslie Spaulding, this collection pulls together from disparate sources over 550 of his poems.  Spaulding's untimely death in a fire in 1939 cut short his career as poet and lawyer.  Nature, the sea, world travel, unfulfilled love, family, the Mississippi River, small town life, and the transcience  of  life are all  subjects of his verse.

ISBN: 978-0-9960209-0-9

Library of Congress Control Number--2014937769

Laminated soft cover, 276 pages--choose spiral binding or perfect bound format

$25 - includes shipping via book rate.  Add $5.00 for First Class postage

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Marian and Melvin Beimfohr

Ron Harris, Editor


by Ron Harris

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