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Old-Brule Heritage Society

Founded in 1998 to Preserve and Share the Heritage of the Old-Brule Region


O-BHS Archives Committee  Meeting

Mon. Mar, 2 2015, 1 p.m.

to 4 p.m. at  Jim Pellman.  All interested in preserving history are welcome.

 (Please call 715-363-2549 to confirm.)

The next Archives session will

be Monday, Mar., 16, 2015



O-BHS  General Meeting

Wednesday Feb. 18, 2015, (Please note date change)

6:00 pm,

at the Brule Town Hall, Brule, WI.

 Program: "The Fur Trade Era" in  our area including LaPointe on Madeling Island. Presenters will be Dave "Buck" Peterson with help from the Northern Lakes Archaeology Society members David and Larry Furo. Many trade axe specimens and a trade musket will be on display.

Please bring a dish  to share for the potluck lunch. 

 A short business meeting, will follow the program. With  Progress on MSMA site.

New members welcome.



O-BHS Board Meeting

Wed. Mar, 18, 2015,


(Please note date change)



Dead line for articles  for the April 2015 issue of

 O-BHS Newsletter 

is Monday, March, 16, 2015


Windmill Committee  and Work day Meeting

To be announced.

Any one wanting to service on the Windmill Committee, please contact Brian Paulson Committee Chairman.


New Members and Visitors are Always WELCOME!


Click on links to the following:


Douglas County
Historical Society



Volunteer Hours cards for present year 2013 - 2014 previous year 2012-2013  See Members Services page.



The Old-Brule Heritage Society

 is an all volunteer group.

With no paid staff,  answers to questions and responses to sending gift items may take a little longer.



E-mail address for  Old-Brule Heritage Society

Click on


For quicker response to

questions and for additional information.


Please Read the New  revised

February, 2015



(click on Newsletter for a PDF copy)

Great Winter Gifts.

All items available including T- Shirts and Sweat shirts.


(The new light blue cap with Windmill picture, see Order Form for other colors.)


"The Davidson Windmill"


A brief history of the man Jacob (Tapola) Davidson, the land where he settled and Windmill that he built.

Cost $10.00 including shipping.

To view the Front and Back covers, please click on

 front or back covers.

Mail order request to

"Old-Brule Heritage Society Inc."

P.O. Box 24

Maple, WI  54854


Please click on the

 Order Form pages

 for a PDF form of all  available merchandise items and details on price and shipping information.


Calendars the new

2015 Old-Brule Heritage Society, History Photo Calendar, available for $9.00

Please click on the Gift items page  for information on  merchandise, and Calendar Sales locations.









Annual dues are now due for 2014-2015, for present members.




Membership Application
See Members Services page


Click  on Windmill picture to read the Davidson Windmill Story.


Davidson Windmill and The Eskolin Log House tours.

(Tours take about 30 minutes to 1 hour, pending your interest in history, and the working of the Windmill.)

Tours are available for groups upon request,

Please contact Dennis Hill,  OBHS president at info@oldbrule.org



OBHS Mid-Summer dinner.  and Windmill Tours.   

Friday, June 19, 2015,   Davidson Windmill Tours 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 20 Mid-Summer Dinner, 11:00am to 2:00pm

 Davidson Windmill Tours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

        Bake Sale on Saturday only.



 2015 Tour plans:

Tours During the 2015

Bayfield Apple Festival weekend.    

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015,   Davidson Windmill Tours 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, Davidson Windmill Tours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

        Bake Sale on Saturday only.

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, Davidson Windmill Tours 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Windmill and Eskolin house tours

Monthly Tours dates:

Saturday, June, 20, 2015,   10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, July, 18, 2015,   10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, Aug.,  15, 2015,  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept., 19, 2015,  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


See the Events Page for the next scheduled dates for Windmill and Eskolin house tours.



Memorial Walkway

 Donation Opportunities


For the comfort and safety of our guests, a Memorial walkway has been built from the Davidson Windmill to the Eskolin Log House. The dark brick pavers on each side, will carry the names of donors. These donations will be used for the completion of the walkway and for the maintaining of the Windmill property. Names may be placed on the dark brick pavers as Memorials for a donation of $15.00

See Paver Order Form for more details, please press "Memorial Walkway" , for a pdf copy of the Order form.





   About Us

The Story of the Old-Brule Heritage Society

The Old-Brule Heritage Society, Inc. was founded in 1998 by a group of historically minded community leaders from all walks of life who recognized that more needed to be done to preserve the disappearing history and heritage of the small rural dairy communities in northern Douglas County, Wisconsin.  They began meeting in the region's town and village halls, and once organized, sought affiliation with the Wisconsin Historical Society through its Office of Local History.  They began collecting historical documents and materials and established an archive located in the Maple Community Center, near the center of the original boundaries of the old town of Brule and close to modern Northwestern High School which, beginning with its Class of 1950, had begun serving the educational needs in the same communities.  Now, after over a decade of service to the region, the society works hard to care for the national historical landmark Davidson Windmill, and for the documents, photos and records of those local communities and individuals who thrived near the South Shore of Lake Superior, and who continue to call area farms and forests their home.  Please check out the resources of this web-site.  OBHS stands ready to share with you the region's history, and the task of preserving it for the generations to come.


  Board of Directors  

 Dennis Hill,  Amnicon  , President

 Danny Bergsten  , Amnicon, 2nd V.P.

        Hope Swenson, Lakeside 

   Brian Paulson, Amnicon, 1 V.P.

       Dorothy  Bergsten, Poplar

          Doreen Swanson,  Brule,

       Jim Pellman, Maple,  Secretary     

      Mike Granlund, Lakeside

        Betty Wood, Poplar,

Paul Colby, Lakeside,  Treasurer   

     Mary Ann Gronquist, Parkland

          Gary Luoma, Superior ,(Alternate)   




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