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By Mary Elise Antoine,Lucy Eldersveld Murphy

Albert Coryer, the grandson of a fur alternate voyageur-turned-farmer, had a present for storytelling. Born in 1877, he grew up in Prairie du Chien listening to stories of days passed by from his mom and dad, grandparents, and friends who lived within the Frenchtown sector. all through his existence, Albert soaked up the neighborhood oral traditions, together with narratives approximately early citizens, neighborhood landmarks, attention-grabbing and humorous occasions, ethnic customs, myths, and folklore.

Late in existence, this vigorous guy who had labored as a farm laborer and janitor drew an in depth illustrated map of the Prairie du Chien sector and commenced to write down his tales out longhand, as well as sharing them in an interview with a neighborhood historian and folklore student. The map, tales, and interview transcript supply a colourful account of Prairie du Chien within the overdue 19th century, whilst it used to be present process major demographic, social, and fiscal swap. With sharp old context supplied through editors Lucy Eldersveld Murphy and Mary Elise Antoine, Coryer’s stories supply an exceptional window into the ethnic group created from the outdated fur alternate households, local americans, French Canadian farmers, and their descendants.

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