Current Issue: Summer/Fall 2018

David Voelker

With this issue, Voyageur begins its thirty-fifth year of publication. (We will celebrate this milestone in a future issue.) As I think about what makes this magazine possible, I am reminded about the collaboration between the Brown County Historical Society, the University of Wisconsin– Green Bay, and the community of historians and librarians. By my count, well over forty people contributed directly to this issue in some way, whether by writing, peer reviewing, editing, designing, photographing, or locating key resources. In additional to thanking the authors, student designers and interns, editorial committee members, and the issue art director, Toni Damkoehler, I want to thank three librarians and archivists who responded to my requests for assistance: Mary Jane Herber and Dennis Jacobs (both from the Brown County Public Library), and Deb Anderson (UW–Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center). Mike Kaufman of the Anuta Research Center also lent a hand, as did community historians David Siegel and Peter Gabrielson. Kristin Gilpatrick at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press provided the fascinating excerpt from Jerry Apps’s Wisconsin Agriculture.

While I am thanking people, I want to introduce two new members of our editorial committee. Daniel Kallgren is a historian at UW–Marinette, which is becoming part of UW–Green Bay. He published an article on the changing landscape of Marinette grocery stores in the previous issue. Dan provided considerable assistance with one of the articles herein. Jill Stukenberg is an English professor at UW–Marathon County (which is becoming part of UW–Stevens Point). She teaches creative writing, and she joins our committee specifically to help us with memoir and historical fiction—both of which we now plan to consider for publication. Jill also helped tremendously with an article in this issue.

This issue covers a lot of ground in the history of northeast Wisconsin. I mean that both figuratively—given that the articles address everything from political cartoons from the Green Bay News-Chronicle to the ineffective attempts to enforce Prohibition in Marinette—and literally, given that two articles and the book review connect to the history of farming in our region (and the role of migrant workers in doing agricultural labor).

Both Antonio Saldaña’s account of his family’s experience harvesting cucumbers for the Bond Pickle Company in Oconto and Jerry App’s discussion of migrant workers in our region provide an important reminder that the history of Latinos in our region goes back multiple generations. Sergio M. González’s book, Mexicans in Wisconsin, reviewed here by Steven Sheehan, provides a resource for exploring that history further.

The issue opens with a commemoration from Lisa Kain (Curator, Neville Public Museum of Brown County) of the two-hundredth anniversary of the creation of Brown County. The Portraits department, which debuted in the previous issue, tells the story of Bella French, one of the first historians of Brown County. We are indeed fortunate to have a museum and a historical society to mark this anniversary and to continue to document the history of our region.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me at with feedback or with article ideas based on your own research.



About Voyageur

Voyageur is a nonprofit magazine about the history of a 26-county area of greater Northeast Wisconsin. It's published twice a year, each June and December. Publication frequency is Summer/Fall and Winter/Spring. Each 64-page edition highlights historic people, places and events from the region's past. Voyageur has a readership of 10,000. It's distributed to homes, schools, libraries, businesses and other locations throughout Wisconsin, in nearly all fifty states and overseas. Voyageur has published two issues a year since its beginning in 1984. The magazine is published by the Brown County Historical Society in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and St. Norbert College in De Pere.