By: Jim Dittmann
Well here we are: – Volume 3 Issue 1
Wie geht es dir?
Remember me saying that I felt myself getting a bit more sentimental these days – does it happen due to age or through the ages – Is that a silly question? My head fills with images: snow stuck to wool coats – wet mittens – playing “king on the hill” in the school yard – a grade school crush… Then growing up and getting a Sentinel route – up in the mornin’ at 4 a.m. – deliver those papers – some days it was so damn cold – my bike tires would be flat. I rigged special chains for that JC Higgins for when it got real slippery – but chains don’t matter if – “the tires is flat.” Next came a Journal route – some Sundays when the papers were extra big – my dad would take me in his 65 Bel Air. All 75 of those 480-page “Latest Editions” would fit in the back seat. He wouldn’t admit it but I think he liked doing the route – sometimes he would deliver the riverside of Labaree Street while I’d take the hill – it was warm. My dad’s birthday is on Christmas Eve – he would’ve been 85 this year – I miss him.
While working on the Fox Lake Fisheree story, I took the opportunity to call an old friend – Bob Fisher. He and his wife Ellen have lived on Chief Kuno Trail for quite some time. I was looking for old photos of the hundreds of ice shanties that would have populated the lake “back in the day.” Bob laughed when we spoke saying – “yeah; grumpy old men!” I met the Fisher’s in 79 when I first moved to Beaver Dam – their kids were little – we would go fishin’ on Fox Lake – back of Bob’s house and always did well. Bob was the fisherman – but oh; Ellen could clean ‘em quicker than they could be caught!
Ann Buchda let me photograph a tip-up that her grandfather Ed Kleindl engineered and built – it’s quite the machine – I may have even figured out how to operate it. There’s a nice image of it on www.localeben.com – take a close look, it’s pretty sweet. Ann also shared some “home movies” of the old Fisherees – and yes that’s her in the cute little pink snowsuit – thanks for sharing 🙂
I recall Paulsen’s resort with that big Round Oak wood stove. A burger – bowl of chili – throw in a beer or two – that’s ice fishin’…
Be sure and spend some time with the ViewFinder section in this issue. We are very grateful to Mark & John for allowing us to share their magnificent images of “up north” and the Apostle Islands lighthouses. You might ask how is this local – well – It’s our backyard – we’re just one of billions of “local” specs inside the Milky Way. Enjoy…
Special thanks to Terrill Knaack for making available White on White – Snowy Owl for our Anniversary cover!