St. Croix County 1840

St. Croix County Boundaries

  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

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John Till

John Till the Plaster Doctor

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

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Elope to Gretna Green

Hudson – The Midwest’s Gretna Green

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.

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