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Posted by candice on October 8th, 2014
We met with Joan Clark a couple of weeks ago. She has recently lost her husband, Wayne, who was a 3rd generation lock tender. We are very sorry for her family’s loss.
Joan has a wonderful treasure of old photographs that they salvaged long ago when then Army Corps wanted to throw them out, in addition to ones they themselves saved through the years. Pictures of the locks being built, repaired, rebuilt – late 1800s to 1913. A true gift, to be able to have views of the river at those times.
After much consideration, Joan and her family decided to gift many of the photos to the Wisconsin Historical Society, with the provision that they come through us so that we may collect scans of them first to be able to use for signage and website and newsletters. Others she is generously allowing us to copy and then return to her.
We are in the process of scanning them now. They have renewed our love of and commitment to telling the story of this great system of dams and canals and locks. This was built to be a world-class waterway to the world. And much of it remains today. Time to celebrate it!
Thank you Joan!