Chad Lewis

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Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015

Where Did All the Interesting Characters Go?

Chad Lewis

“The festive hobo has begun to make his appearance in the city. He come not singly, but in bunches like the falling leaves of autumn. In municipal court four hoboes were arraigned on a vagrancy charge. They told tales of woe that have never before been made public save in exciting chapters of the yellow-back books ..."

Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015

Death Has a Bizarre Sense of Irony

Chad Lewis

"A sudden and singular death occurred Monday. Mrs. Catherine Welch, who resides at 716 Second avenue, suddenly dropped dead beside the casket of Mrs. Walker, 438 Hudson street, who died Saturday. She was aiding Mr. Williams, the undertaker, in preparing Mrs. Walker’s remains for interment ..."

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Oct. 31st, 2014

Strange Happenings on Lowes Creek Hill

Chad Lewis

"Something bright flashed in the trees on the creek and a curious sort of cork screw wind seemed to race around the wagon and scare the horses. Oliver’s and Max’s headgear was not interfered with, but strange to say Joe’s nice new ..."

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Apr. 6th, 2012

Bizarre History: Old Abe, Superbird (1904)

Chad Lewis

Shortly after joining the war with Wisconsin’s troops, Old Abe began to rouse stories of his protective power due to the fact that his handlers always managed to escape harm. Word starting spreading that anyone carrying the popular bird would be ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Apr. 13th, 2011

Landed in Jail for a Bad Letter (April 17, 1902)

Chad Lewis

"U.S Court-Commissioner Doolittle had a queer case yesterday afternoon Abel Channing, of Bloomer, arrested at the insistence of Postoffice-Inspector E.E. Frazer was brought before the commissioner on the charge of having mailed an offensive letter."

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Dec. 16th, 2010

Jumped Out of a Window (Dec. 12, 1905)

Chad Lewis

Eau Claire- A worthy young man named Clarence Hicks arrived here last night from St. Paul and put up at a North Side Hotel. It appears that he had been at a St. Paul hotel and that somebody broke into his room there, the result of being that he ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Aug. 31st, 2009

Crooks Escape
Sept. 5, 1905

Chad Lewis

Two prisoners pry their way out of Chippewa Falls. The authorities are telephoning and telegraphing in all directions and hope to effect recapture.