Suggested Reading List
La Pointe: Village Outpost on Madeline Island
Author: Hamilton Nelson Ross
Description: The Wisconsin Historical Society Press has republished a long-out-of-print classic of Wisconsin history, La Pointe: Village Outpost, by Hamilton Nelson Ross (1889-1957). The book, which first appeared in 1960, provides a 300-year history of La Pointe, a community on Madeline Island, one of Lake Superior's Apostle Islands.
With flair, humor, and solid scholarship, Ross tells the story of the region's evolution. Madeline Island served initially as a refuge for the local Ojibway from their enemy the Sioux before the arrival of French explorers in 1659, then an epicenter of the fur-trade era in the eighteenth century, and finally a summer vacation spot for businessmen and industrialists. Today the island attracts thousands of summer tourists who vastly outnumber the 200 or so year-round residents.
Ross first visited Madeline Island from his native Beloit as an eight-year-old, returning again and again over his lifetime to the Ross family cabin in La Pointe. His years of careful study and observation served him well. Ross told the region's story so eloquently that his book helped persuade Congress and the President in 1970 to preserve the islands in perpetuity as the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Long Ship Passing: The Story of The Great Lakes
Author: Walter Havighurst
Description: A popular history of navigation on the Great Lakes and life on their shores, The Long Ships Passing brings us aboard the crafts that have plowed the waves of the treacherous "five sisters" carrying the grain, lumber, and minerals that fed and built the cities of America. Walter Havighurst paints vivid pictures of life-and death-on the lakes, mysterious accounts of wooden ships and iron men that sank to freshwater graves, especially along the immigrant route where the wrecks lie thick. In rich and marvelous detail, this classic history recounts the saga of an inland marine empire.
A longtime professor of English at Miami University, Walter Havighurst (1901-1994) grew up in Wisconsin and was a prolific and passionate writer of regional history and fiction.
Tales of Bayfield Pioneers: A History Of Bayfield
Author: Elenor Knight
Description: Tales of Bayfield Pioneers is an exploration of a wonderful past. To read it is to come away with a sense of place. The times, the lives of the pioneers and settlers, the shipwrecks, community spirit, and institutions of a fledgling community on the shores of Lake Superior are meticulously documented for posterity. Eleanor Knight, "provided a new appreciation of local history to the citizens of Bayfield during the Centennial period." Eleanor, the grand-daughter of one of Bayfield's pioneers and captains of industry, William Knight, was one of Bayfield's finest and talented writers and highly qualified to document and record the wealth of historical facts. She has left a legacy for all to enjoy. Now, citizens of Bayfield and the future, together with the Knight family, can share the history of early Bayfield, as written by Eleanor Knight and published in the Bayfield County Press from 1950 through the 1956.