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2016 Visitor's Guide

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84 www.randomlake.org Waubeka, the unin- corporated village that hugs the North Branch on the Milwaukee River, looks like a quiet little place today. Visitors find a few taverns and other businesses plus an active fire department that was founded in 1899. Go back to the 50 years following America's Civ- il War, and you'd find Waubeka to be one of Ozaukee County's thriv- ing business centers. It took until the 1900s for Waubeka's population to be exceeded by Fredonia and Random Lake, new- er communities sparked by the railroad's arrival. This Town of Fredo- nia community bears the name of Chief Waubeka, one of the many Native Ameri- cans who populated the place in the 1800s. Fortunately the ear- ly history of Waubeka was written down by Dr. Bernard Cigrand, a native son who contrib- uted to the Port Wash- ington Star newspaper. Many of Cigrand's ar- ticles have been collect- ed and edited by Mary Thill. Her three books should be required reading by anyone who wants to learn about the history of Ozaukee WAUBEKA Bernard J. Cigrand 10/1/1866 - 5/16/1932 While not a military veter- an, he is recognized as the "Father of Flag Day." The Waubeka native preached respect and honor for the nation and its flag from the 1880's through the 1930's. Cigrand once noted he had given 2,188 speeches on patriotism and the flag. We Honor a Hometown Hero Flag Day Parade

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