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The Farm on Badger Creek: Memories of a Midwest Girlhood
by Peggy Prilaman Marxen
Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2021
Paper: 978-0-87020-957-4 | eISBN: 978-0-87020-958-1
Library of Congress Classification F587.S29
Dewey Decimal Classification 977.516043092

Peggy Prilaman Marxen grew up near the town of Meteor in northwestern Wisconsin’s Sawyer County, isolated by geography yet surrounded by close-knit extended family. Multiple generations of her family witnessed changes to rural Wisconsin that altered the fabric of their lives and the lives of all in their community, including the introduction of new farming techniques, school consolidation, and revolutions in transportation and technology. They supplemented their subsistence herd of dairy cows by hunting, fishing, and selling timber and maple syrup. For many years, her home, like those of her neighbors, lacked indoor plumbing, electricity, and a telephone. As a young child, Peggy attended a one-room schoolhouse and walked, biked, or sledded the three miles to school and back, no matter the weather. 

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