THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Tales from the old-timer
History repeats! Well, sort of. My first cousin once removed, Kateri Dupuis, youngest of the children of Edmund and Emaline Dupuis, sent me a clipping from the Peshtigo Times of Wednes-day, July 25, 1984 that told of the completion of the last renovation of the bridge in Peshtigo that spans the Peshtigo River. It told that the old bridge had been built in 1924 by Stein Construction of Milwaukee at a cost of $55,000. All of this was before the recently completed bypass of US 41, which has made access to Peshtigos west side more convenient. An earlier bridge had been wrecked by an ice jam during a hard winter.
Kateris mom had contributed a poem called Rejoice about the inconveniences met with during the 1984 project. And thats why Kateri saved the old clipping.
The following poem, composed by Mrs. Ed Dupuis, the former Emaline Archambault of Peshtigo, in 1924, shows the exuberance with which at least one Peshtigo resident greeted completion of the new bridge. Residents of 60 years ago had apparently impatiently awaited opening of their new highway link with Marinette and the world beyond.