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Durbin, Elizabeth (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Volume 25, Number 4 (September 1979)

About this issue...,   p. 2


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ABOUT THIS ISSUE. . .
Before completion of the Military
Road from Green Bay to Prairie du
Chien in 1837, thousands of ex-
plorers, fur traders, soldiers and
priests who did travel from Lake
Michigan to the Mississippi made
the voyage by small boat along the
Fox-Wisconsin River system.
Only a few of these travelers left
any record of their trip. Still fewer
recorded their impressions of the
countryside in maps, sketches or
paintings. Captain Henry
Whiting's Journal, a report to the
War Department detailing "The
March of the Fifth Regiment in
June 1819 from Green Bay to
Prairie du Chien," was a notable
exception.
  Charles D. Goff obtained the
never-published journal from the
National Archives after noticing a
reference to it in a footnote in Alice
Smith's History of Wisconsin as he
researched his present project, a
history of pioneer Oshkosh. Along
with the article about Captain
Whiting, Goff collaborated in the
pulling together of an exhibition
called "Lake Michigan to the
Mississippi-The Fox-Wisconsin
Rivers Route, 17th to 20th Cen-
turies" which originated at the
Oshkosh Public Museum this
spring and will be on view at the
State Historical Society of Wiscon-
sin in Madison this fall.
Charles Goff
Leo Hertzel writes knowledgeably
about the poetry of the Northland
in "The Line Goes West." A
professor of language and literature
at UW-Superior, and a Macdowell
fellow, he has published in many
journals, including The Nation,
South Dakcta Review, the New
Republic and the Wisconsin
Academy Review.
  This past summer he directed a
workshop that focused on regional
themes in literature of the Upper
Midwest. The workshop faculty in-
cluded Lee Merrill, a professor of
English at Northland College, who
is mentioned, along with David
Kubach and George Gott, in
Hertzel's irresistible invitation to
sample his area's literary offerings
further.
Joyce S. Steward admires the
scholarly writers she has come to
know both through their work and
through personal association. Her
Bookmarks/Wisconsin essay, "In
Praise of Scholarship," is the result.
  At the UW-Madison, .she directs
introductory English courses and
the writing laboratory and has
authored several textbooks, in-
cluding Success in Writing and a
recent College Reader. Future plans
may involve an area close to her
heart, the literature of the
midwestern small town.
Stephen Turner, whose story, "A
Place Too Far," strikes a universal
theme in a fall setting, notes that he
has "an abiding interest in short
stories. I simply cannot understand
how it is that they have fallen so
low in public esteem."
  He is an English teacher at the
Milwaukee Area Technical
College-West Campus. Born in
Bedford, Indiana, he came to
Wisconsin in 1961, and received his
education at Carroll College,
Waukesha and Bradley University,
Peoria, Illinois. He lists his interests
as his family (wife Jane, daughter
Jennifer) and teaching, writing,
fishing and reading.
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William Steuber's copy of the
teachers' examination that his
brother took in 1906 gives point to
his article, "Back to the
Basics-Again." Readers checking
to see if they can pass are likely to
be startled by the apparent moder-
nity of one of the questions in the
physics section: "How does the
character of the media affect the
rate of propagation of (a) sound,
(b)light?"
  One answer might be that there's
a lot more sound and a lot less light
available from the tube these days.
  Steuber, a descendant of German
immigrant farmers and masons, is
perhaps best known for his novels,
The Landlooker, dealing with the
Peshtigo fire, and Go Away
Thunder, which recreates Indian
life 300 years before the first white
men came to Wisconsin.
  A native of the state, Steuber has
worked as a technical writer, sur-
veyor, engineer, and chief of public
information and assistant state
highway engineer for the Wiscon-
sin Department of Transportation.
He lives in Madison.
Tom Strobel, who illustrated the
hunting story, was born in
Nashville. In the course of his art
career, he has won numerous
awards, exhibited widely, and
taught at School of the Art
Institute, Chicago; Illinois Institute
of Technology; Northwestern
University; Northern Illinois
University and University of
Wisconsin Extension at
Rhinelander.
  The owner of a farm near
Boscobel, Strobel is moving with
his family to Madison this fall,
where he will continue to involve
himself in a variety of art projects.
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