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This Day in Wisconsin History


1861 - (Civil War) 4th Wisconsin Infantry Reconnoiters Virginia's Eastern Shore


The 4th Wisconsin Infantry was among Union forces assigned to an expedition in Accomac County, Virginia. The regiment's historian wrote, "The Fourth and a battery [of light artillery] and small cavalry force, embarked on an expedition to the eastern shore of Virginia, where they remained, encountering some severe marching through the mud and flooded roads, under the command of General Lockwood, until the 9th of December."

1880 - First Post Office Built in Cable


On this date Hans N. Amble became the first postmaster in Cable, Wisconsin. Four years later, Mrs. Aida Giles became the the postmistress of the Cable post office. Cable's post office was originally known as the Gunderson post office, named after Lars Gunderson, a postmaster in nearby Cumberland. Cable's post office was only the second established in Bayfield County, after the Bayfield post office. [Source:

1912 - Clement John Zablocki Born


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1930 - Beloit Area Home Raided


On this date federal agents and county deputies raided Otto Matschke's home, north of Beloit, and seized an illegal still and 300 gallons of contraband moonshine. [Source: