On Sunday November 17, 2019, the Eagle Historical Society and Alice Baker Library hosted an event on the Story of Orin Benson, a nationally acclaimed animal trainer from Eagle Wisconsin, and one of the original founders of the Milwaukee Sports Show in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Long time friend Phil Hall presented an interesting program and invited the audience to share stories about Orin Benson. Caleb Peavy showed a video he created on the life of Orin. You can find the video below.
“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” The verse, written by Joyce Kilmer in 1913, captures the natural beauty and simple majesty of trees. So when one sees an old tree, it leads one to wonder about the trials and tribulations has it seen and endured over its long journey. It becomes a monument of strength, stability and endurance, and gives some of that back to those who meditate on such things.
There is an old unidentified majestic maple tree in the Village of Eagle Park, located at the south edge bordering the Calico Fields subdivision, that brings about such meditations. The circumference of the tree measures 192” with a large gaping hole that has hollowed out most of its center, yet many large branches still grow and provide shelter to birds and squirrels.
Not being professional arborists, we haven’t been able to
identify whether it’s a silver maple, sugar maple or red maple, so we need your
help. Does anyone know about this tree
or can anyone help identify it? Its age
could be anywhere from 180-350 years old, depending upon it’s maple species.
Please contact us if you can help by responding to this post or call us at 262-594-8961.
From time to time, we will highlight Eagle area residents from the past; from pioneers to paupers. Today we introduce
Iva Bigelow Weaver
Iva C Bigelow, 1875 – 1932, was an American soprano singer and music teacher based in Chicago and Milwaukee. Her performance circuit was most often in the Midwestern and Plains states, but she was critically recognized around the nation and sang in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and on radio in 1926. One reporter commented “Her voice is powerful, particularly sweet in the upper register and of splendid volume” and her performances were always sold out.
Iva was also well respected as a music teacher and ran music studios in Milwaukee and Chicago where she gained her reputation as a great vocal teacher. She was well loved by her students who went on to play many stages around the nation.
Iva was born on October 8, 1875, in Palmyra Wisconsin to Charles Bigelow and Leonora Stacey. Her father died when she was a girl and her mother remarried. Iva attended the Lawrence Conservatory of Music (Lawrence-University) in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1894-1895, and continued her training in Chicago and in Europe. Her younger brother, Oromel H. Bigelow (1881-1966), became a mathematics professor at Whitewater State College (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater), and the Bigelow Residence Hall on the Whitewater campus was named after him.
Eva’s life was cut short when she died after complications from appendix surgery in 1932. She was 57 years old and the music world mourned her death. The Iva Bigelow Weaver Junior Music Club of Marshfield Wisonsin was named in her honor after her death, and lasted into the 1970’s. Eva is buried in Melendys Prairie Cemetery in Eagle Wisconsin.
***Credit source information for this post from Wikipedia