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The Buffalo County Training School
The Buffalo County Training School began classes in 1902 in this building which now houses the Alma Area Museum.
This is a round barn on the Herold bluff.
Many barns sit idle these days. At one time there were a number of round barns in the county. This one was on the Herold bluff. Photo courtesy MaryAnn Hurlburt
This threshing crew is ready to move in the Praag area
Note that the stack is in front of this machine. E. F. Ganz once wrote that \\\"The machines were kept going into the winter as long as deep snow allowed for stack threshing. To lug an outfit from one valley to another on bobs was not less common than for a man to carry a borrowed breaking plow across the bluffs on his back.\\\" Photo courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Wilferd Schaub
The Huber buffalo herd from Rose Valley, near Cochrane
The Huber brothers brought a buffalo bull back from the West by using a buckboard with the floor removed as a travelling corral. This bull helped them form the only buffalo herd in the county since the white man had appeared in 1839. Prior to that, Father Louis Hennepin had named the Buffalo River when he was taken past it in 1680 and saw buffalo near the mouth of the river.
Real horsepower was often used in Buffalo County
Horsepower was used to move a building in Gilmanton. The structure is still used for the post office. Photo courtesy Velva Molland
Thanks to the great success of our 2015 Heritage Speakers Series, we have brought this back for 2016! This is a series of 10 events beginning March 19th and ending October 27th. These events are held in addition to our usual annual meeting, Buffalo County Fair exhibition, and Backroads Tour. We are currently looking for sponsorship of the series and individual events to offset the costs of bringing Buffalo County history programs to all parts of the county. Our programs will be in locations like Buffalo City, Maxville, Waumandee, Gilmanton, and more! The schedule of all the 2016 events is listed below, but watch the website and our Facebook page for more details, as events get closer.
March 19, 2:00 p.m.
"When Steamboats Ran the Chippewa River" w/ Brian and Evan Gabriel, @ Maxville Town Hall
April 28, 7:00 p.m.
"History of the Fountain City Boat Yard" w/ Kelly J. Herold and Corps retirees, @ Fountain City Municipal Auditorium
May 12, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
"Genealogy Open House" w/ Greg Kocken, UW-EC Archivist, @ Buffalo County Courthouse
June 9, 7:00 p.m.
"CCC Camp at Cochrane" w/ Kelly J. Herold, @ Waumandee State Bank
June 25, 10:00 a.m.
"Civil War History for Kids" w/ Bob Hermann, @ Gilmanton Town Hall
July 23, 7:00 p.m.
"Merrick State Park History" w/ Kelly J. Herold, @ Merrick State Park, Fountain City
August 20, 1:00 p.m.
"Buffalo City History Day" w/ Bill Bruegger, Gary Schlosstein, and more, @ Buffalo City Park
August 25, 7:00 p.m.
"From Telemark to Tamarack: Ski Jumping in Western Wisconsin" w/ Glenn Borreson, @ Modena Town Hall
October 20, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
"Genealogy Open House" w/ Kelly J. Herold, @ Buffalo County Courthouse
October 27, 7:00 p.m.
"Murders and Oddities of Buffalo County" w/ Kelly J. Herold, @ To Be Determined