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#108 The Great Peshtigo Fire

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In northeastern Wisconsin, fires set by hunters, Indians, lumberjacks, railroad workers, and farmers burning stumps and rubble culminated in the nation's worst forest fire, in terms of lives lost.

No writer has yet to equal in vividness, imagery, or sheer drama the contemporary account of the fire written by Father Pernin, the parish priest for Peshtigo and nearby Marinette, whose churches both burned to the ground. Published in Montreal in 1874, ostensibly to raise funds for a new church in Marinette, Father Pernin's account may have also been an attempt to exorcise the memories of that October night during which he suffered fearfully while behaving heroically.

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