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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book

Wisconsin in 1958,   pp. [69]-[228] PDF (45.4 MB)

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  State bird. During the school year 1926-27 the Wisconsin Fed-
eration of Women's Clubs sponsored a study of birds in the schools
of the state. This culminated in the selection of the robin as the
state bird by the school children. With votes recorded from 70 of
the 71 counties, the robin received twice the votes given any other
bird. In 1949 by Chapter 218 the legislature made the robin the
state bird.
  State fish. As early as 1939 an effort was made by joint resolu-
tion to adopt the muskellunge as the state fish, but the proposal
was defeated in the second house. A 1941 proposal of the same
nature was defeated 30 to 56 in the house of origin. The idea did
not come up again until 1955. In that year by Chapter 18 without
a dissenting vote the legislature declared the muskellunge to be the
official state fish. The legislature also passed Joint Resolution 58,
A., providing for the dedication of the muskellunge as the official
state fish in a fitting ceremony at the National Musky Festival held
in Hayward on June 17-19, 1955, and urged the Governor to take
part in the dedication.
   State animal. Although the badger has been associated with the
state as a nickname for more than a century, the badger had never
been declared the official state animal. In 1957, however, 2 pro-
posals were introduced to establish an official state animal, one for
the badger and one for the white-tailed deer. When the discussion
was over, we had 2 state animals, the badger as the state animal and
the white-tailed deer as the state wildlife animal, named by Chap-
ters 209 and 147, Laws of 1957, respectively. For the first time
the law specified that information regarding the state symbols
should appear in the Blue Book.
   Other offical symbols. Wisconsin has no official state poet laure-
ate, no official state color or other official symbols.
   Song. Although "On Wisconsin" is recognized everywhere as
Wisconsin's song, neither it nor any other song has ever been offi-
cially adopted by the state. "On Wisconsin" was written in 1909
by Carl Beck and William T. Purdy as a university football song.
Lyrics more in keeping with the purposes of a state song were sub-
sequently written. Although efforts have been made to stimulate
interest in other songs, no legislative action has ever been taken.
(For the origin of the song see Louise Phelps Kellogg, On Wiscon-
sin, The Football Song, in Wisconsin Magazine of History, Sept.
1937, pp. 35-8)
   Holidays. Wisconsin has 12 legal holidays which are provided
for in section 256.17 of the statutes. They are January 1, Febru-
ary 12, February 22, May 30, July 4, Labor Day, September pri-
mary election day, October 12, November general election day, Nov-
ember 11, Thanksgiving, and December 25. The dates of all of

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