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Pageturner Radio 2014

  • December 31–January 2: “Christmas Kin” with Carol Hubbard, Naomi Fanta, Mava Clark, and hosted by Cyndy Hubbard. Discussion with three ladies raised in Vernon County in the 1930’s and ’40’s about their childhood memories of Christmases
    and winters.
  • December 29–30: Christmas stories from Josie Churchill’s books, Dirt Roads and Among the Hills. Josie Clark Churchill was born in Vernon County, Wisconsin, in 1895.
  • December 1–26:  “Christmas Remembered” by Ben Logan and read by Paul Fairchild. Ben Logan writes of his Christmas memories. His story starts where he started, in the Driftless Region of southwest Wisconsin.
  • November 26–29: Thanksgiving Stories from the DriftlessThanksgiving stories by Howard Sherpe, read by Paul Fairchild; “Thanksgiving Chat” with Carol Hubbard, Naomi Fanta, Mava Clark, & Cyndy Hubbard; and Thanksgiving Thoughts.”
    Read by Cyndy Hubbard.
  • November 17–25: Ralph E. Nuzum booklets: “The Muddled Old Man in My Mirror,”  “The Hellish Life of a Hermit,” and  “Kickapoo Woodlands and Wild Life.”
    Read by Steve Lawless.

  • November 12–14: Catherine Young read her essays, “Water, Tree, Heart: Mapping the Driftless Area.” My training was in the geography of river-shaped landscapes, and my work gave me an intimate picture of the waters of the Wisconsin’s Driftless Area.
  • November 3–11: Our beloved friend Ben Logan passed away on September 19, 2014. We will start by reading some of the tributes that appeared in Wisconsin newspapers, then will air Ben Logan’s The Land Remembers: “Fall” section.
  • September 15–October 31: Little Oslo. Written and read by Bill White. Published by Huff Publishing Associates in 2014. Master storyteller Bill White, a Viroqua native, invites us into a mystery in a fictional small town in Wisconsin seen through the eyes of seventeen-year olds Jake and Candy. Copies of Little Oslo are available at the WDRT Studios, 311 S. Main St. in Viroqua.
  • September 8–12: Stories of the Vernon County Fair, read by Cyndy Hubbard
    History, memories, and stories of Wisconsin’s last county fair of the year, the Vernon County Fair, which has been held in Viroqua every September for the past 158 years.
  • August 25–September 5: More from Howard Sherpe’s Across the Fence. Howard Sherpe writes about his experiences growing up on a dairy and tobacco farm near Westby, Wisconsin; the sights, sounds, and smells of nature; everyday life—past, present, and future; military service related issues and his Vietnam experience as an Army medic.
  • August 11–22: The Importance of Being Zimmer. Written and read by Paul Zimmer. Published by Settlement House in 2010. The Importance of Being Zimmer is a collection of “Zimmer poems” that were written over a span of 40 years dealing with everything from grade school to religion to Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin.
  • July 14–August 8: Tony’s Farm written and published by C. L. Johnson in 2005. Read by Mava Clark. Tony’s Farm is the story of Tony Johnson and his family who lived a mile south of Victory, Wisconsin. Their farm extended from the Mississippi River Bluffs, west to the banks of the river itself, including Battle Island where the Black Hawk War ended.
  • July 10–11: Excerpts from Howard Sherpe’s Across the Fence. Howard Sherpe writes about his experiences growing up on a dairy and tobacco farm near Westby, Wisconsin; the sights, sounds, and smells of nature; everyday life—past, present, and future; military service related issues and his Vietnam experience as an Army medic.
  • April 21–July 9: Driftless by David Rhodes, read by Eddy Nix, and published by Milkweed Editions in 2008. With Driftless, Rhodes returns to the midwestern landscape he knows so well, offering a fascinating and entirely unsentimental portrait of a town apparently left behind by the march of time.
  • April 7–18: The “Genesis” and “Spring” sections of The Land Remembers by Ben Logan and read by Paul Fairchild. Return once again to the 1930’s and Seldom Seen Farm in Crawford County, Wisconsin.
  • February 24–April 4: THAT DAM HISTORY, The Story of the La Farge Dam Project  written and read by Brad Steinmetz. The story of the La Farge Dam project has as many twists and turns as the Kickapoo River itself. Listen as Brad Steinmetz takes us through the long drama with its political bureaucracy, environmental concerns, and heartbreak as people are forced to sell their farms for a dam that is never built.
  • February 17–21: “The Road to Iwo Jima,” written and read by Dr. Paul Dunn
  • February 3–14: Civil War Letters, Now I Take My Pen in Hand  by Edgar Eno. This book is a collection of letters written by Civil War Union Soldier Edgar Eno between the years of 1861–1864, to his family in Forest Township, Vernon County, Wisconsin.
  • January 31: Three articles from “John Bear Spreader Notes” by Johnson Gunfrunk, farm reporter. These articles, which appeared in the La Farge Episcope, are from a collection of short stories written by the late Dale Muller in the 1970’s. Muller’s pen-name was Johnson Gunfrunk.
  • January 7–30:Dirt Roads by Josie Churchill.  Josie Clark Churchill, born in Vernon County, Wisconsin, in 1895, writes of her childhood memories up through the end of World War I.
  • January 2–6: “Christmas Kin” with Carol Hubbard, Naomi Fanta, Mava Clark, and hosted by Cyndy Hubbard. Discussion with three ladies raised in Vernon County in the 1930’s and ’40’s about their childhood memories of Christmases and winters.
  • Jan. 1, 2014: “Christmas Memories” by Howard Sherpe. Howard grew up in Vernon County, Wisconsin, in the 1950’s and ’60’s.

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