GI Joe 50th Anniversary

1 March 2014

In 1964, Hasbro toys launched the first GI Joe.  It was agressively marketed as an “action figure” since boys, in the 1960′s, didn’t play with dolls. 

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 The initial product represented the four branches of service with the Action Soldier, Action Sailor, Action Pilot, Action Marine, and later , the Action Nurse. The term GI stands for Government Issued and after the First World War became a generic term for U.S. soldiers. G.I. Joe was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2003.



See the soldiers on display at the Eagle Historical Society Museum!









Old Fashioned Christmas Evening

18 January 2014

It was a grand event for all who attended the Old Fashioned Christmas Event held Friday December 13th at the EHS museum.  There was plenty of song and laughter.

Take a look…




Old Fashioned Christmas

27 November 2013

Join the Eagle Historical Society

for an Old Fashioned Christmas

On Friday December 13th from 6:30pm – 9pm













P-E Community Band Concert

27 November 2013

Join the Palmyra-Eagle Community Band

for their annual Christmas Concert

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Kids Learn About History

22 November 2013

On Thursday November 14th, EHS volunteers visited Rolling Hills Elementary School with an Eagle Historical Society “Road Show” that included:

1.  The Story of the Eagle Diamond.

2.  Tools of the Trade – where artifacts depicting various occupations were grouped, for kids to identify the occupation.

3.  Digging Up the Past – An introduction to Archaeology where kids got to examine rocks with fossil imprints and see Native American arrowheads found in Eagle.  They also got to examine and identify opjects buried in the EHS yard that were found using a metal detector.

See the picture below where kids are putting a bowel together as part of this event.





















6th Annual Eagle Pumpkin Party

2 November 2013


It was ghoulishly delightful!!




















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The Story of the Eagle Diamond

5 September 2013

Story of the Eagle Diamond


Learn about Eagle’s history. 

Read of the drama and intrigue associated with our past. 

The largest glacial diamond ever found in North America was found right here…shady dealings and hucksters descend on Eagle, and what a surprise ending!  Come to the Eagle Municipal Building on September 26th to get your copy of the book.  Or you can order fromt the Eagle Historical Society!  Book price is $10.00.

This presentation is courtesy of the Alice Baker Library in Eagle Wisconsin





Ice Cream Social 2013

1 June 2013

Mark your calendars and bring your bag chairs for July 7th.

In the tradition of the great American Summer Pops Concerts…..

The Palmyra Eagle Community Band Proudly Presents this concert featuring the lovely voice of Kimberly Fadner. Kimberly is an established professional talent that currently resides with her husband and children in San Francisco. She is known for her excellent vocal range: from opera to cabaret “pops”, this talent is at home in any concert venue. We are delighted and excited to have her join us. All will delight in “Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man O Mine”, “Moon River” and the incomperable “I Dreamed a Dream” from LES MISERABLE. many other great “POPS” standards. Included will be a special treat: Kimberly and her father Bob Miller (baritone player in the band) will repeat their great duet “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” from the P.E. Band’s new CD “The 40’s: A Sentimental Journey”. Also featured will be the sounds of “The Kettle Moraine Blues” lead by our own Jim Niest. Come one, come all for what will be a delightful afternoon of “Cakes”, (ice) Cream’s and “Cabarets”. Every tune guaranteed “hummable”!

P.S. Did we say it was free?


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Three Eagle Brothers In The Civil War

1 March 2013

America today is looking for heroes. 

Americans are looking for men and women who promote the qualities that make America great.  We are not the first generation to look for heroes.  Eagle has provided many great heroes over the past 177 years.  The John and Margaret Logan family who arrived in Eagle in 1850 provided just such men.  Three brothers, William, George and John Logan served their country with honor in the American Civil War. 

        John D. and Margaret Logan emigrated from Nova Scotia and arrived in Eagle about 1850.  It’s unclear where they lived except that they did not have the money to buy property so would have rented or worked a farm.  Their neighbors were Ebenezer Thomas and GeorgeUnderhill which would place them about 1-1/2 miles north of Hwy NN and one mile east of Hwy 59 in the Town of Eagle.  In 1850, their 13 year old, oldest daughter died, followed a month later by husband and father John, leaving Margaret and six children penniless and poor.  Life as a single mother with six children was nearly impossible in the pioneer days of the 1850’s, and in those situations, marriages were often arranged out of necessity.  Life was difficult even for the luckiest of people, as there were no lifelines offered by government.  Neighbors would help one another, but no one had enough to support another entire family.  It must have been miserable with nothing for yourself or kids, hoping to scrape up enough just to feed your kids for the day.  This was a 24-7 reality for Margaret on the frontier in Wisconsin.  When difficult circumstances like that happened, neighbors and friends looked for others to help for the sake of the children, and John Griffin did just that.  He gave the family a home, and they gave him companionship and care before his death.


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William Logan Postmaster Eagle circa 1900

Despite heavy odds, Margaret managed to raise a family of good, descent people.  They could have been mischievous thieves, blaming their own failures on their past, but instead, her three boys served their country honorably in the Civil War.  Not every family could boast of their patriotism.  Oldest son William was seriously injured in the war, George gave his life at Chickamauga in 1863, and John died young as a result of lung problems he developed in the war.  William Logan’s family served their community and was well respected by all. 

The Logan girls were married to very honorable men in the community and lived out their lives with honor and respect.  This kind of family just doesn’t happen by chance, but rather, is the product of a mother who raised them well.  A small part of Margaret Logan’s family history is now part of American history as recorded in my book “Letters Home – Co A 24th Wisconsin Infantry.” 

IMG_6904This past summer, I had the chance to meet descendants of William Logan, great-grandson Henry Hare, and great grand-daughter Jean Hren and husband who visited Eagle in September 2012.  We shared stories of their family and visited with them at the Eagle Historical Society. 

 Recently, I was honored by being invited to read from my book “Letters Home – Co A 24th Wisconsin Infantry”, to our local 6th graders at the EagleElementary School.  As I read, I told them the story of George Logan and his family who lived on the “Griffin Farm, the1st farm up Highway 59 just outside the Village of Eagle, now called “Friendly Acres.”  One of the kids said “Hey, my friend’s parents run that farm”, and a new connection was made between the past and present.  It was exciting to see a new generation’s eyes light up as they heard about the history of their hometown.

Mike Rice, Author

Letters Home, Co. A – 24th Wisconsin Infantry

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Free Kindle Book from Amazon

23 February 2013

Exoskeleton Book

Shane Stadler is a new author from Eagle Wisconsin who has published his first book. 


 From today through February 26th, you can get a FREE KINDLE edition by clicking on the book cover to the left.





A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing … Serve a twenty-five year conventional prison sentence … Or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program.

He opts for the experimental program … Only to realize he has made a horrible mistake.

A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, EXOSKELETON will leave even the most jaded of readers quaking in their boots.

Shane Stadler is an experimental physicist. He has worked at numerous government research and defense laboratories, and is currently a professor of physics at a major research university. EXOSKELETON is his first novel.


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