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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. Oct., 26, 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, Nov., 9, 2015



O-BHS  General Meeting

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:00 pm,

 At Lake Nebagamon Auditorium (Lower level)

 Meeting starts with a light lunch followed by:

Program: Pre-Veterans program, by Scott Markle from the Bong History Center in Superior. Scott will relate stories about Richard I. Bong, The nation's Ace of Aces, some seldom heard. Also Scott will bring his friend John Kanzler, a WWII Veteran, who will share his stories about the war.

Please bring a dish  to share for the potluck lunch. 

 A short business meeting, will follow the program. New members welcome.

(See additional detail about the meeting on the Events Page)


O-BHS Board Meeting

Wed. Nov., 18, 2015,

 2:00 p.m., 

At Hope Swenson home.


Dead line for articles  for the December 2015 issue of

 O-BHS Newsletter 

is Saturday, Nov, 21, 2015


Windmill Committee  and Work day Meeting

To be announced.


Any one wanting to service on the Windmill Committee, please contact the 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 2014 - 2015 previous year 2013-2014  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.


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 2015-2016, for present members.




Monticello School Museum and Archives Project.



The Monticello School Museum and Archive will bring into service the little old red Monticello School House, built about 1890, from the Town of Lakeside, a gift of Walter Erkkila's family, moved in 2013 to the site of the first Maple School from 1889, located on US Highway 2 at the junction with Highway F. The site was next to the original Town Hall of Old Brule, built in 1891. Beneath the school will be constructed a walkout basement archive facility. The archive will be a climate controlled workspace and permanent organization base of operations, housing its historical collection.


For more information on the Monticello School

Click on

Monticello School, Archives


OBHS Monticello School Museum and Archives Facility Project report.

"Restoration & Construction funding needs"


E-mail address for  Old-Brule Heritage Society

Click on


For quicker response to

questions and for additional information.


Please Read the New 

October, 2015



(click on Newsletter for a PDF copy)

Great Summer 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.








Membership Application
See Members Services page


Click  on Windmill picture to read the Davidson Windmill Story.


Davidson Windmill and The Eskolin Log House and the Taylor's Bridge 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 Shirley Kankas-Umolac,  OBHS president at info@oldbrule.org


See the Newletters for "Restoration & Construction funding needs"


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 $20.00

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  

 Shirley Kankas-Umolac ,   Lake Nebagamon,  President

 Danny Bergsten  , Amnicon, 2nd V.P.

        Hope Swenson, Lakeside 

   Audrey Hakkila,  Poplar, 1 V.P.

       Dorothy  Bergsten, Poplar

          Doreen Swanson,  Brule,

       To be determined,  Secretary     

      Mike Granlund, Lakeside

        Betty Wood, Poplar,

Janine Seis, Lake Nebagamon,   Treasurer  # 

     Mary Ann Gronquist, Parkland

       Lois Pollari,   Lake Nebagamon,              (Alternate)   

     Charlene Harms, Duluth,   (Treasurer's Assistant, possible interim Secretary)



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