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Is this century-old car salesman Scott Walker's doppelgänger?

Published March 14, 2015

There is no escaping Scott Walker -- not even by fleeing into the distant past. Our governor's countenance is everywhere lately, and it was disconcerting recently to find a remarkable facsimile of it on the front page of the Dec. 21, 1908 edition of The Milwaukee Journal.

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Orlando Williams Wight: The man who cleaned up Milwaukee

Published March 13, 2015

There has never been anyone quite like Orlando Williams Wight. Entirely self-taught (he never attended a college or university), he was a medical doctor, lawyer, theologian, engineer, author of 12 books, editor of 38 more and - for a few extremely eventful years in the late 1870s - Milwaukee's Commissioner of Health.

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Welcome to the Hotel Auditorium

Published Feb. 25, 2015

It always surprises me how many hotels there once were in Downtown Milwaukee. Here's a little look at one of them.

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No jury would convict her: Love and murder in old Milwaukee

Published Feb. 24, 2015

At about 10 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 14, 1852, John M.W. Lace, 35, was one of several people looking at a display of photographs in the window of a bookstore on Wisconsin Avenue when Mary Ann Wheeler, 23, a seamstress, walked up behind him, drew a double-barreled pistol from under her shawl and shot him in the back of the head at point-blank range. Yet jurors in two separate trials refused to convict her.

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