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Pioneer Days features area's history and practices

 

October 25, 2018

Joe Block

At left, Steven Thimling dressed as a fur trader for Pioneer Days. Items included hides, including a coyote hide, as well as a musket and items for trade. Porcupine quills featured prominently in trade items, stitched in to provide color. Thimling also had Firestarter kits and a comfortable chair for a road-weary trader to relax in. At right, Don Evenson showed area kids how to lay out type for printing presses. Evenson, a long-time employee of Madison Newspapers, began his career laying out type and ended it with computerized typesetting. Kids were able to lay out their name in backwards type.



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