Prior to the arrival of fur traders, missionaries and eventually white settlers, Indians had traversed the Fox and Wolf Rivers for millennia, harvesting wild rice, hunting ducks and spearing sturgeon. But about the time Grignon built his hotel and trading post, everything changed for these waterways.
In real life, my mother, Laura Annette Fitzsimons, graduated from Avoca School in rural Iowa County, Wisconsin in 1924. In my fictional O’Shaughnessy Chronicles novels, three sisters all graduate from a rural southwest Wisconsin high school between 1940 and 1943. Today, we tend to take high school graduation for granted. Today, about 90 percent of Wisconsin adults over the age of 25 have graduated from high school.
“I wish that I could find some clothes to wear for the play. Mother said they’d be different from mine. She said that Sophia wore frontier clothing, whatever that is.” –Aubrey’s Attic In Aubrey’s Attic, nine-year-old Aubrey lands the role of Sophia Grignon in a local history play. In real life, Sophia Grignon had […]