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Here on the Kickapoo: And Other Stories about a Unique Relationship with the Kickapoo Valley

Published by Chuck Hatfield for Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, 2008.

“The Muddled Old Man in My Mirror”

Self-published by Nuzum, date unknown.


“The Hellish Life of a Hermit”

Self-published by Nuzum, date unknown.

“Kickapoo Woodlands and Wild Life”

Self-published by Nuzum, date unknown.

Ralph E. NuzumRalph E. Nuzum was born on March 1, 1889 to John and Evelyn Nuzum. John founded the Nuzum Lumber Yard  in Viroqua in 1894. Ralph  graduated from Viroqua High School, the UW-Madison School of Journalism in 1916, and served as a Field Artillery Officer in the Army during WWI. He then returned to the lumber company eventually becoming president. While president of Nuzum’s, he continued his love of writing by putting out the “Nuzum News” in local newspapers and Christmas cards. These writings were eventually put into small booklets that Nuzum published himself and gave away to friends and customers, sometimes allowing the Boy Scouts to sell them to raise money.

Ralph E. Nuzum made a generous donation to the University of Wisconsin Foundation before his death requesting the money be used to benefit the Kickapoo Valley. This donation became the Kickapoo Valley Reforestation Fund. It continues to fund activities today. Nuzum died on December 15, 1978.